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Directed By
Steven Spielberg

Written By:
Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley

Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley

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Jaws (1975)
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Movie Review by Simon
August 28th, 2007

It's a testament to Spielberg's skill that Jaws has hardly aged since its original record-breaking release. Oh, sure, the outfits are dated and the effects for the shark probably cost as much as about a frame of anything released by Pixar these days. But the suspense and the conflict of the film remain razor sharp, and it's not hard to see why Jaws was the behemoth at the box office that it was.

Taking its cues from the original Peter Benchley book but paring it down for screen by taking out a lot of the backstory for the town and the characters, Jaws is one of the 20th century's classic pieces of cinema. Undiscovered tribes in the rainforests can recognise that 'duh duh.... duh duh.... duhduhduhduhduh' of the shark closing in on a pair of white legs. Much has been made of the suspense elements- the story of course being that production problems lent a hand to the tracking shots of the barrels moving across the water.

The star of the movie is the shark. It's big, it's bad, it can chew clean through a boat. But it doesn't get a lot of screen time, so the slack is picked up by a superbly cast Robert Shaw as the shark hunter Quint, Roy Scheider as Police Chief Brody, and Richard Dreyfuss as the shark expert Hooper. The three men share an on-screen chemistry that feels entirely unforced.

For fans of Spielberg or just for those who love a good movie, Jaws delivers.

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Aug 28, 2007 10:01 PM
This is precisely why Jaws has always been my favorite, it is so well done and damn suspenseful.
Aug 28, 2007 10:52 PM
If you can track down a copy, the Peter Benchley novel is a great read.

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