Year: 1975

Director: Steven Spielberg

Written by: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb

Threat: Shark

Weapon of Choice: Harpoon

Based upon: novel - Jaws - Peter Benchley

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Jaws--Widescreen edition

Other movies in this series:
Jaws 2
Jaws 3-D
Jaws: The Revenge

Rish Outfield's reviews
Wow. You've seen Jaws, right? If it's been more than a year-and-a-half, you need to see it again. This is a wonderful, entertaining, blast of a movie, one of my all-time favourites of any genre. I can (and do) watch Jaws over and over. A modern classic, it is oft-imitated, but never duplicated. I remember the sound of the whales really scaring me as a kid, and the thought of something in the water still terrifies me when I'm in the ocean. This past summer, floating in the Pacific, I had to turn around and swim back because of Jaws, but not before I raised my fist and shouted, "Damn you, Steven Spielberg!" I love so much about this film: Roy Scheider's moving and accessable performance. John Williams score, and the most recognizable movie theme of all time. Richard Dreyfuss' great, exuberant shark expert. I don't know how many times as a boy when we were scared or pretending to be scared, we'd say, "I ain't got no spit." The both out-of-place and perfectly at-home comedy. That ever-present fin. The fantastic Chasing Amy scar-comparing scene. Murray Hamilton's near blindingly-bad suit. The oft-cruel colourful Quint character. His powerful U.S.S. Indianapolis speech. The neat shooting star in the background at dusk. "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women!" I could go on and on.
This is Steven Spielberg's first blockbuster and one of his finest. I don't care what you say, Bruce looks real to me!
Best Scare: Ben Gardener's friendly face greeting an underwater Richard Dreyfuss.
I'd Recommend It To: Spielberg fans, horror movie fans, action movie fans, shark fans, monster movie fans, Roy Scheider fans, 70's movies fans, fishermen, beach movie fans, and anyone who's ever played John Williams' great two-note theme on a piano.
Note: In recent years, I rediscovered Jaws, and found it was even better than it was in my childhood.

The tyranist's thoughts
I find it amazing that in the 24 years since this movie was first shown it has engrained itself on the American consciousness so fully that even people who have never seen it understand references to it. I have to admit up front that I had never seen it until we watched it to do skulls. I was constantly suddenly putting pieces of a puzzle together. Recognizing things that are cliched and so common in our vernacular that so obviously had to have come from Jaws. It was a lot like the first time I saw Casablanca (which coincidentally was like the day before we watched Jaws). So many little cultural traits had a source. So many things that were said all the time had an origin.
As for the movie itself, well, it would've scared the piss out of me as a child. Now it just scared me a little. I guess having lived on an island for a couple of years dramatically increased my resistance to ocean fear stories. There were parts that startled me and parts that made me legitimately reflexive. I probably will think twice before jumping into shark infested waters anyway. On the whole, it is a fine movie, that would probably kick ass if watched on a boat.

Total Skulls: 17

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked skull
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location skull
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut skull
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skullskull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start skull
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness skull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth skull
Warning goes unheeded skull
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later
Flashback sequence
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Beheading skull
Blood fountain skull
Blood spatters camera/wall/other
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skull
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell?