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Jaws

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg's Jaws more or less single-handedly set the standard for the new Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. This brand-new digital restoration is the perfect way to revisit this iconic aquatic classic.

"Filled to the brim with memorable, edge-of-the-seat moments..."

When body parts wash ashore on Amity Island, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn, mindful of the lucrative tourist trade, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. When the shark dines on a few more victims the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch it. He reopens the beaches when a shark is found, despite warnings from visiting ichthyologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White. Brody and Hooper join forces with flinty old salt Quint (Robert Shaw), the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White and the three ride off on Quint’s boat, the Orca, soon coming face to teeth with the enemy.

Jaws is one of those films which has been absorbed so completely into pop culture history, that’s it’s easy to forget just how great it is on a purely cinematic level. Filled to the brim with memorable, edge-of-the-seat moments, the film more than earns its status as the granddaddy of modern event films, and wonderfully showcases one of modern American cinema’s greatest working partnerships: Spielberg’s bombastic directing style and John Williams’ utterly genius score.