Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay)
Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.
I remember trying to see this movie when I was a kid on TV. It was either very late, because of it violent nature, or I just wasn’t caught up by it. To be frank, it is still not very appealing to me.
A huge great white shark starts attacking tourists on a small island. Since the islanders live of the tourists in the summer season, the mayor doesn’t want to close the beach, because he will lose the only income the island has. Although the local police chief wants to close the beach and alert the coast guard and bring in special hunters, the mayor dismisses him. After more people end up dead, the mayor finally closes the beach and calls the cavalry.
Sounds as a pretty simple plot. It’s actually something that you see every day, everywhere you look. People refusing to accept a dangerous situation because it will cost money. How many people have died over the years when someone ignored a real danger because they didn’t want to pay extra money? It is said the human life shouldn’t have a price. And yet, those in power will always choose money over human safety. So I guess that this is the thing that I liked the most about this movie. How often you can find this situation in real life.
Although it is old, it still is a very well made movie. The filming, the acting, the script are all top notch. Also John Williams provides a simple, yet pretty amazing theme song. It is a pretty impressive achievement considering that it is over 40 years old. And they had no CGI!
So for a good, intense thriller, I would definitely recommend this movie. It was the highest grossing movie of all time, before Star Wars. And it wasn’t without a reason.