In the summer of 1975, I went with my friends to cool off in an air-conditioned movie theater. Afterward, like most other people I was afraid of dipping my toes into the ocean when we went to the beach. Why? The movie happened to be Director Steven Spielberg’s frightening masterpiece the movie “Jaws”. It was released in theaters on June 20, 1975. It was all about a great white shark terrorizing a New England resort town. It became an office blockbuster and the highest-grossing movie in movie history. The movie didn’t win for Best Picture but it did win for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound.
“Jaws” starred Roy Scheider as principled police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as a marine biologist named Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as a fisherman named Quint. The story was set in a fictional beach resort town called Amity and was based on a best-selling novel by Peter Benchley that was published in 1973. The movie was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts in the U.S. There were many difficulties while filming among which were mechanical sharks that malfunctioned. I don’t care if they told me the shark was mechanical onscreen it was larger than life and very real to me and anyone else who was screaming in their theater seats. You could say that “Jaws” was the movie that made Spielberg a very great and sought after director.