1975. USA. Steven Spielberg. 124 min.
Friday, June 20, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1975. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay by Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, based on the novel by Benchley. With Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss. The massive success of Jaws, released in the U.S. on June 20, 1975, gave us the term "summer blockbuster," invented the contemporary "event film," and redefined the seasonal rhythm of American moviegoing. Filmed mostly on Martha's Vineyard, that bastion of summering folk, Jaws tells the simple story of a great white shark with a penchant for eating foolish bathers who ignore the warnings of harried police chief Martin Brody—memorably embodied by Scheider (who passed away in February of this year). Brody, Dreyfuss's jittery shark expert, and Shaw's salty sea dog of a boat captain have all become indelible icons of American cinema. 124 min.