Cast and Crew: Peter Benchley (Novel); John Williams (Score); Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus, Lorraine Gray
What It’s About: Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is the new Chief of Police of Amity, an island resort community in New England. When a Great White shark arrives just in time for the Fourth of July, Brody must navigate the town’s politics-Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) tells him that he can’t close the beaches during high season-and his own fear of water to find and kill the shark and make it safe to “go back in the water”.
Why Watch it Today?: Jaws takes place over the Fourth of July holiday, so as we head into a long holiday weekend why not relax with Steven Spielberg’s breakout second feature film, a film so successful that it forever changed the way films were made and marketed. No prophet should be judged by the excesses of its followers, however, and Jaws is nothing like the modern blockbuster, but is instead a tight, suspenseful film with real characters, real stakes and judicious use of special effects.
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