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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Hendricks (as Jeffrey C. Kramer)
Jonathan Filley ...
Ted Grossman ...
Chris Rebello ...
Jay Mello ...
Lee Fierro ...
Jeffrey Voorhees ...
Craig Kingsbury ...


It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stillness in the Water  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$260,000,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)| (Dolby 5.1)| (DTS 5.1)| (DTS HD Master Audio)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the incidents that befell the troubled production included writer Carl Gottlieb and Steven Spielberg nearly getting killed in seafaring accidents and Richard Dreyfuss was almost imprisoned in the steel cage. See more »


When the pump is given to Brody, Quint says, "Pump it out, Chief," and then Quint, with his long blue sleeves, thrusts his machete into the side of the boat. However, in the close-up Quint's arm has no sleeve whatsoever, as the machete meets the wood. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Cassidy: What's your name again?
Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins: Chrissie.
Tom Cassidy: Where are we going?
Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins: Swimming
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Crazy Credits

The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of The Nation Geographical Society and Mr. L.J.V. Compagno of the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University. See more »


Referenced in Boston Legal: The Black Widow (2005) See more »


Untitled Improvised Campfire Guitar Music
Performed by Mike Haydn
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One of the experiences that made me fall in love with movies
17 December 2013 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

I will never forget the first time I saw Jaws. I was glued to the seat from start to finish. I jumped, I held my breath; this was one of the experiences that made me fall in love with movies. This was probably the first film where I completely forgot everything around me. I was there, in that boat, in that gloomy cabin, with those people - everything seemed so real (and alas, the sea never looked the same again). When I watch it these days I still marvel: the atmosphere and the performances in this film are simply magical. Spielberg without the schmalz. He has never been better.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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