Synopsis / Plot :
In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks
beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town,
prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of
a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.
Theatrical Release Date: June 20, 1975
DVD/VHS/BluRay Release Date: The first ever LaserDisc
release of Jaws was in 1978. A second LaserDisc was released
in 1992, before a final version came out under MCA/Universal
Home Video's Signature Collection imprint in 1995. The
boxset included deleted scenes and outtakes, a new two-hour
documentary on the making of the film, a copy of the novel
Jaws, and a CD of John Williams's soundtrack.
Jaws was released on VHS in 1980. For the film's 20th
anniversary in 1995, MCA Universal Home Video issued a new
Collector's Edition tape. Another, final VHS release came
out in 2000 for the film’s 25th anniversary.
Jaws was also released on DVD in 2000 for the anniversary,
accompanied by a massive publicity campaign. The film was
released on Blu-ray August 14, 2012, with over four hours of
extras, including The Shark Is Still Working.
Genre: Thriller, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror,
Running Time: 124 minutes
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Filming Locations: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusettes
Produced In: Universal Pictures gave the film what
was then an exceptionally wide release for a major studio
picture, over 450 screens, accompanied by an extensive
marketing campaign with a heavy emphasis on television spots
and tie-in merchandise.
Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown
Directors: Steven Spielberg, The screenplay is
credited to both Peter Benchley, who wrote the first drafts,
and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script
during principal photography.
Music: John Williams
Cinematography: Bill Butler
Editing: Verna Fields
Notable Cast: The film stars Roy Scheider as police
chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt
Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton
as the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's
Budget: $9,000,000 Shot mostly on location on
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, the film had a troubled
production, going over budget and past schedule.
Box Office: $470,653,000
Jaws opened with a $7 million weekend and recouped its
production costs in two weeks. The picture entered overseas
release in December 1975, and its international business did
as well as its domestic performance. It broke records in
Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, and Mexico. By 1977,
Jaws was the highest-grossing international release with
Reviews: Generally well received by critics, Jaws
became the highest-grossing film in history at the time. It
won several awards for its soundtrack and editing, and it is
often cited as one of the greatest films of all time.