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   Jaws Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.38 /10
Roy Scheider , Robert Shaw , Richard Dreyfuss
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb from Benchley’s novel

Released: 1975
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 125

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“The ads show a gaping shark's mouth. If sharks can yawn, that's presumably what this one was doing. It's certainly what I was doing all through this picture... "The direction is by Steven Spielberg, who did the unbearable Sugarland Express. At least here he has shucked most of his arty mannerisms and has progressed almost to the level of a stock director of the '30s - say, Roy del Ruth."
(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)
"The argument is ridiculous on its face; it suggests that the only way to stop people from swimming in shark infested waters is to close the beaches. I can think of a much easier way: simply tell people there's a shark out there."
(Dan Rottenberg, Chicago Magazine)
“Suspense is used to titillate and manipulate the audience rather than highlight character development and thematic concern...In the shark hunt section of his film, Spielberg fails to convey the Hawksian sense of men becoming more truly human in the process of engaging in a dangerous, perhaps foolhardy, adventure. As a consequence of that fundamental failure, the second half of Jaws plays as merely the rendering of the hunt by three men for a preposterously destructive sea monster.”
(James Bernardoni, The New Hollywood, 1991)

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