Jaws Movie Review

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MPAA Rating: PG (violence, language, brief nudity, and a scene of drug use probably PG-13 by today's standards)

Running Time: 124 min.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genre: Natural Horror, Adventure, Thriller

Box Office:   $260,000,000 (Top grossing film of 1975)


Based on the true story of a great white shark which terrorized the shores of New Jersey in the summer of 1916, Jaws is the adaptation of Peter Benchley's best-selling novel. It’s the first of a thrilling trilogy by Steven Spielberg which will hit us later this month, and it’s promising to be the gut-wrenching success the media portrays it as.

Jaws was a phenomenon in the summer of 1975 and the first film to gross more than $100,000,000 moreover it has proven to us that a film can generate horror, thrills and suspense without excessive violence found in modern films.

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Jaws is set in the small New England popular tourist resort of Amity Island, where an intense beginning quickly draws the audience to the electrifying film. Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) is the first victim of the abysmal shark when she decides to go swimming one late summer’s night. Early the next morning police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) gets called to a drowning after a female’s body is found.  The distorted arm that lies among the sand however, rules out his initial thoughts. The island’s pathologist declares the incident as a shark attack, but he is overruled by Mayor ...

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