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Jaws Rated 12A


Dir. Steven Spielberg. USA, 1975. 2h 4m. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey C. Kramer, Susan Backlinie.

The summer blockbuster which changed the entire face of the cinema industry, made a generation of filmgoers afraid to swim in the sea, and had a profound effect (both positive and negative) on the study of sharks around the world.

A killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, meaning that a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer are tasked to hunt the beast down and save Amity Island's summer tourist season. Spielberg's prototypical summer blockbuster is regarded as a watershed moment in cinema history, becoming the highest-grossing film at the box office (until Star Wars in 1977) and winning three Academy Awards.

‘Best of all is Steven Spielberg’s direction: the camera moves like a predatory animal, gliding eerily across the surface of the vast Atlantic, creating sequences of almost unbearable suspense.’ ★★★★★ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out

‘Spielberg balances terror on the water with a rich portrait of an island police chief (Roy Scheider) torn between public-safety concerns and a community that thrives on the tourist dollar.’ ★★★★★ Scott Tobias, The AV Club

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