Running Time (minutes): 124
Description: Martin Brody is the new police chief of Amity, an island resort town somewhere in New England. He has a wife named Ellen, and two sons named Michael and Sean. On a Summer morning, Brody is called to the beach, where the mangled body of summer vacationer Chrissie Watkins has washed ashore. The medical examiner tells Brody that it could have been a shark that killed Watkins. Mayor Larry Vaughn, who is desperate to not lose the money that will be brought in by 4th of July tourists, wants Brody to say Watkins’s death was caused by a motorboat propeller instead of a shark, because the thought of a shark in Amity’s waters would drive tourists away from Amity. It looks like Vaughn is a mayor who puts money ahead of people’s lives. Shark expert Matt Hooper believes Watkins was killed by a shark. Hooper is proven right a few days later, when Alex Kintner is killed by the shark that killed Watkins…
Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss
Excellent, but a slightly rushed ending. Surprisingly captivating given how old it is. And of course, John Williams’s famous two-note theme and incredible ‘Shark Cage Fugue’ only contribute to that. It’s been a long time that I’ve felt so tense for so long during a film.