Jaws. 1975. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 124 min.
Music by John Williams. With Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton. For better or worse, Jaws, like Bonnie and Clyde, is a landmark in the modern history of cinema. In fact, one might argue that Jaws was as revolutionary in its way as D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation had been 60 years earlier. The horror film had always been a staple in Hollywood moviemaking, but Spielberg’s film added a new dimension to the genre by planting his fish tale in the midst of humdrum American reality rather than some supernatural fantasy.