Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Jaws (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary


A good heart-pounder, one of the best movies of its kind. Combines light comedy with horror, a horror tradition. Great body part effects, especially the leg. When they showed the floating head, I’ve never seen a theater jump like that.

Scheider establishes himself as a horror/sci-fi star. Dreyfuss is great as usual. He’s got such a great laugh. A neat wound-comparing scene, like Lethal Weapon 2. A few great lines: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” and “We’re heading in, Brody… Thank Christ.”

What was the deal with those two shooting stars? Spielberg sure loves those small town/suburbia settings, doesn’t he. Why is Amity used so often as a horror setting? And the main question: once the mayor concedes, why don’t they just close the beaches and wait till the shark leaves rather than going out and killing it?

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