Directed by Steven Spielberg
Finally welcoming Steven Spielberg to the blog! I know it must have been hard for the Listmakers to admit that they like a director that the average person might have heard of. Don't worry guys; we will get through this together.
Is there really any need for a plot synopsis here? A girl goes skinny dipping one night with somewhat disastrous results (for some reason I can never watch this scene; I find it too upsetting). The police chief wants to close the beaches when it becomes clear it was a shark attack, but the mayor is too concerned about the town's revenue during tourist season to do the right thing. Another attack happens (something I couldn't watch as well; I am growing soft in my old age), and it is up to the police chief (who is afraid of water), a shark expert, and a crotchety fisherman to fin-ally kill this monster. Sorry, couldn't resist.
Is it possible to dislike this film? I think the scar discussion is one of the most brilliant scenes in cinema. All the characters are fascinating and the action never slows down. I recently rewatched this with my family and I had forgotten how silly the townspeople were.
Pure entertainment and spectacularly done.
The mechanical shark that the filmmakers intended to use broke down, prompting Spielberg to use the camera as "the shark."
Roy Schneider ad-libbed the line "you're gonna need a bigger boat."
Highest grossing movie until Star Wars.