Jaws (movie)

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Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byDavid Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Written byNovel:
Peter Benchley
Peter Benchley
Carl Gottlieb
Howard Sackler
StarringRoy Scheider
Richard Dreyfuss
Robert Shaw
Lorraine Gary
Murray Hamilton
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byVerna Fields
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
June 20, 1975 (ltd)
July 25 (wide)
Running time
Theatrical cut:
124 minutes
TV cut:
130 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[1]
Box office$470,653,000

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the novel Jaws by Peter Benchley.

The events of the movie are set in the small, quiet, rural town of Amity, Massachusetts. The movie follows three men as they try to capture and kill a great white shark that is threatening the town on Independence Day. The movie follows Martin Brody, the slightly unheroic local sheriff who must decide whether to follow his instinct to shut the beach for safety reasons or keep the beach open to help the local tourist economy. Matt Hooper, a marine biologist, and Quint, the local shark hunter, help Brody to overcome his fears of the water and stop the great white shark attacks. It has three sequels: Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge.

Release dates

Country Premiere
23x15px United States 20 June 1975
23x15px Argentina 31 July 1975
23x15px Hong Kong 20 November 1975
23x15px Australia 27 November 1975
23x15px Japan 6 December 1975
23x15px Netherlands 18 December 1975
Template:FRG 18 December 1975
23x15px Finland 19 December 1975
23x15px Sweden 20 December 1975
23x15px Brazil 25 December 1975
23x15px Denmark 26 December 1975
23x15px United Kingdom 26 December 1975
23x15px Greece 26 December 1975
Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Ireland Ireland 26 December 1975
23x15px India 26 December 1975
23x15px Egypt 27 December 1975
23x15px Italy 27 December 1975
23x15px Soviet Union 27 December 1975
23x15px France 1 January 1976
23x15px Thailand 1 January 1976
23x15px Norway 16 February 1976
23x15px Portugal 25 March 1977
23x15px Czechoslovakia 1 January 1978
23x15px Poland 1 January 1978
23x15px South Korea 22 April 1978
23x15px Turkey 26 January 1981
23x15px Hungary 20 June 1985


Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound.[2][3] It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[4] Along with the Oscar, John Williams's score won the Grammy Award,[5] the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music,[6] and the Golden Globe Award.[7] To her Academy Award, Verna Fields added the American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film.[8]

Jaws was chosen Favorite Movie at the People's Choice Awards.[9] It was also nominated for best Film, Director, Actor (Richard Dreyfuss), Editing, Screenplay and Sound at the 29th British Academy Film Awards,[6] and Best Film—Drama, Director, and Screenplay at the 33rd Golden Globe Awards.[7] Spielberg was nominated by the Directors Guild of America for a DGA Award.[10] The Writers Guild of America nominated Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb's script for Best Adapted Drama.[11]

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected it for the National Film Registry.[12] In 2006, its screenplay was ranked the 63rd best of all time by the Writers Guild of America.[13]


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  10. "Awards / History / 1975 – 28th Annual DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
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  12. Library of Congress (2001-12-18). "Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry". Press release. https://www.loc.gov/film/nfr2001.html. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  13. "101 Best Screenplays". Writers Guild of America, West. 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2010-07-04.

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