(out of 5)

Where is there greater terror to be found than in this classic film? It is the birth of Steven Spielberg’s fame and the reason why many people still refuse to go into open water.  plays a police chief on the fictional Amity Island (really Martha’s Vineyard) who becomes aware of a menace in the water when folks keep turning up chewed to death at the local beach. The villain, it turns out, is a great white shark with endless rows of teeth and an eternal appetite. Scheider teams up with a hard bitten skipper () and a quirky ichthyologist () to hunt the big fish down, and the result is pure movie magic. The film became the biggest box office hit of all time when it was originally released and remains a fixture in pop culture today. Verna Fields’s Oscar-winning editing is superb, John Williams contributes a marvelous score (that will still put the chills in you just to hear it) and Spielberg wisely chooses to use the power of suggestion in building up the character of the shark, thus making for white-knuckle terror that will last long after the film is over.

Zanuck/Brown Productions

USA, 1975

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by Peter Benchley

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by 

Costume Design by , ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1975

Golden Globe Awards 1975

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