- Steven Spielberg
- Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss.
The winner of three Academy Awards, Jaws struck fear in the hearts of swimmers everywhere and ushered in the era of the “high-concept”, or summer “tentpole,” blockbuster. As a giant, great white shark wreaks havoc in an eastern resort town, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) struggles with local city officials to shut down the moneymaking beaches. The beast fells a few more swimmers before Brody and oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) board the boat of Quint, the grizzled shark hunter played by tough guy Robert Shaw. The men embark on a hunt that brings them face-to-face with the great white. “Peter Benchley's bestseller about a killer shark and a tourist beach town has become a film of consummate suspense, tension and terror.” (Variety)