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Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the way audiences experience movies. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.
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Critics Consensus: Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.
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Common Sense Says
'70s classic horror tale is still scary as ever.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jaws is the classic Steven Spielberg-directed 1975 film about a great white shark that attacks swimmers vacationing in a New England beach town. Despite having been released over forty years ago, this movie can still give nightmares to younger kids and more impressionable viewers. While the shark itself doesn't look very realistic by today's standards, the discussions between the characters about the frequency and plausibility of shark attacks can be just as frightening as the scenes in which characters are attacked, bitten, and killed. Viewers see severed limbs, bloody entrails, and frenzied panic. There's also teenage drinking and marijuana smoking at a beach party, including a scene where a clearly drunk teen boy passes out on the beach. The three male adult lead characters get rip-roaring drunk on a sailboat. Brief nudity in the form of topless girls skinny-dipping.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:June 20, 1975
- Audio Format:5.1
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