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Jaws in detail

JAWS was the box-office sensation of 1975 and the number-one hit movie of the decade until 1977’s STAR WARS, at a time when
the success or failure of a few blockbusters began to determine the course of the entire motion picture industry. Similar to several of
the other huge hit movies of the 1970’s, JAWS began as a novel, which was then sold to a film company prior to its publication. Yet
JAWS remains solidly a director’s film from thefirst ominous chords of John Williams’ moody score. In this, his second directed film,
Steven Spielberg demonstrates remarkable ability to develop a standard scary story into a sweeping adventure with the power to
capture audiences and hold them in breathless suspense.
The plot of JAWS is deceptively simple. A marauding Great White Shark of tremendous size begins attacking bathers in the waters off
Amity Township, a New England seaside resort. Local Sheriff Brody (Roy Scheider) believes the warning of young icthyologist Hooper
(Richard Dreyfuss) that the killings will continue, but yields to the pressure of Amity mayor Vaughan (Murray Hamilton) not to close the
beaches. As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the mayor fears the loss of Amity’s tourist revenue more than the possibility of
additional tragedy.
When the monster shark strikes again, the beaches are finally closed. Crusty shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) is retained by the
Township to pursue and destroy the menace and sets out in his boat Orca, accompanied by Hooper and Brody. Guilt-ridden over his
earlier decision to allow the beaches to remain open, Brody goes to sea in an effort to regain his self-estee…

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