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Jaws (1975)

Stay out of the water

Directed by:

Steven Spielberg

Rating: 10/10

Running Time: 124 minutes

UK Certificate: 12

On DVD

Country: United States

If ever there was justification for being terrified of sticking a toe in the ocean, it's “Jaws”. Steven Spielberg's horror masterpiece – arguably the director's finest ever piece of work – set the benchmark for summertime blockbusters and few have been able to match its sheer ability to grip an audience.

Roy Scheider plays Martin Brody, a New York police chief newly assigned to the small-fry holiday resort of Amity Island. Before long, Amity has a problem. A girl swimming by nightfall is killed by a shark and, if ocean expert Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) knows his fish like he thinks he does, then this is a big 'un.

Thanks to the head-in-the sand attitude of Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), the beach remains open for the sake of pulling in the tourists and, lo and behold, the shark strikes again. So it's up to Brody, Hooper, and weathered old sea dog Quint (Robert Shaw) to head out into the water and kill the beast. Suffice to say, they're going to need a bigger boat.

The pace of the film is perfect, with Spielberg masterfully allowing plenty of time to develop each of the key characters – most notably during Quint's memorable speech about his time on the USS Indianapolis. John Williams' classic score sets the tone of events – not shrieking, but dark and underplayed. And, most importantly of all, we rarely get to actually see the shark itself, resulting in Hitchcock-style suspense. Had “Jaws” been made today rather than in 1975, it would no doubt have been ruined by over-bearing and thrill-killing special effects – the fact that such effects weren't available at the time makes the movie all the better.

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It's Got: One helluva set of teeth.

It Needs: To have trounced the competition at the Oscars.

DVD Extras "Making Of" documentary, deleted scenes & outtakes, over 700 photos, "Get Out of the Water" trivia game, screen savers, trailers, animated menus, production notes. DVD Extras Rating: 9/10

Alternatives:

Deep Blue Sea, The Deep

Summary

A terrifically acted, wonderfully made, suspense filled classic.

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10 Comments

  1. Lottie
    Posted September 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    this is a rubbish review it just says what happens in the film and you barely give your own opinion!

  2. lauren
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Yes i agree ,you realy dont give a good exsplanation of the film.

  3. Chloe
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I like this review… its for those who like to see how other people annalyse the film. Not just their own opinions. Its like a review from ‘empire’.

  4. Ruby
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    i recently had to write my own jaws
    reveiw for my corse work i think this beats mine :)

  5. Posted November 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    this move is so cool

  6. Posted January 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    lolz this movie rocks the world but the reveiw given is lacking in opion i would have loved to here what you thought about the movie not just about the story because we saw the movie and we know what happens

  7. Anonymous.
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Erm, arn’t you meant to make your own opinion? That way students who are assigned to research film reviews, can acctually find something :)

  8. Jadeeeeee x
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    tbh i think that this review is okay, i mean it helps me in investigating Jaws but it would be better if it was a bit more oppional. Cause i neeed information on the damage the shark can do, and on the music going through it :)

  9. maisie
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Jack’s a douche! so lonely, so lonely,so lonely……. ‘cos he has no girlfriend :’( and no friends because of the horiffic things that were said….. because he doesn’t know what he’s on about, because the girl hes sat next to is a little bit thick….. because she learns from the person on the left, whom in turn has learnt from the person on the girls right.. well,, who wouldn’t want to learn from that sexual BEAST. Please stop, your flattering me…. dw i love it really. maybe we should post this now? Im listening to ‘every breath you take’ atm, achually when yoou listen to the lyrics and the piano its quite a sad song…. talking of sad, i think the people that post a really long comment are quite sad….. okay number one that’s a BEAUTIFUL song and i always listen to it on grooveshark <3 secondly my bad. thirdly well yer,, but there's nothing better to do.

  10. 3 cows
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Uh… look I wanted this to write somewhere… & YOU have done a PATHETIC, HOPELESS and TERRIBLE job of it. Sigh! =|

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