Jaws (movie)

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Directed bySteven Spielberg
Screenplay by
Based onJaws
by Peter Benchley
Produced by
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byVerna Fields
Music byJohn Williams
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1975 (1975-06-20)
Running time
124 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$9 million[3]
Box office$472 million

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the novel Jaws by Peter Benchley.

The events of the movie are set in the small, quiet, fictional seaside resort of Amity, Massachusetts. The movie follows three men as they try to capture and kill a great white shark that is threatening the town on Independence Day. The movie follows Martin Brody, the slightly unheroic local sheriff who must decide whether to follow his instinct to shut the beach for safety reasons or keep the beach open to help the local tourist economy. Matt Hooper, a marine biologist, and Quint, the local shark hunter, help Brody to overcome his fears of the water and stop the great white shark attacks. It has three sequels: Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge.

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Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound.[4][5] It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[6] Along with the Oscar, John Williams's score won the Grammy Award,[7] the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music,[8] and the Golden Globe Award.[9] To her Academy Award, Verna Fields added the American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film.[10]

Jaws was chosen Favorite Movie at the People's Choice Awards.[11] It was also nominated for best Film, Director, Actor (Richard Dreyfuss), Editing, Screenplay and Sound at the 29th British Academy Film Awards,[8] and Best Film—Drama, Director, and Screenplay at the 33rd Golden Globe Awards.[9] Spielberg was nominated by the Directors Guild of America for a DGA Award.[12] The Writers Guild of America nominated Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb's script for Best Adapted Drama.[13]

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected it for the National Film Registry.[14] In 2006, its screenplay was ranked the 63rd best of all time by the Writers Guild of America.[15]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jaws (1975)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  2. "JAWS (A)". British Board of Film Classification. June 12, 1975. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  3. "Jaws (1975)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  4. "The 48th Academy Awards (1976) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  5. Morris 2007, p. 45
  6. McBride 1999, p. 257
  7. "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Film Nominations 1975". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "33rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  10. "Fact Sheet: Jaws". E! Entertainment Television. Archived from the original on 2005-03-19. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  11. "And the 2nd Annual "Favorite Movie People's Choice" is…Jaws!". People's Choice Awards. Archived from the original on 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  12. "Awards / History / 1975 – 28th Annual DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  13. "Writers Guild Foundation Library Catalog: Jaws". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2012-01-05.[permanent dead link]
  14. "Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry" (Press release). Library of Congress. 2001-12-18. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  15. "101 Best Screenplays". Writers Guild of America, West. 2006-04-07. Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2010-07-04.

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