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JAWS was the box-office sensation of 1975 and the number-one hit movie of the decade until 1977s STAR WARS at a time when the success or failure of a few blockbusters began to determine the course of the entire motion picture industry Similar to several of the other huge hit movies of the 1970s JAWS began as a novel which was then sold to a film company prior to its publication Yet JAWS remains solidly a directors film from the first ominous chords of John Williams moody score In this his second directed film Steven Spielberg demonstrates remarkable ability to develop a standard scary story into a sweeping adventure with the power to capture audiences and hold them in breathless suspense The plot of JAWS is deceptively simple A marauding Great White Shark of tremendous size begins attacking bathers in the waters off Amity Township a New England seaside resort Local Sheriff Brody Roy Scheider believes the warning of young icthyologist Hooper Richard Dreyfuss that the killings will continue but yields to the pressure of Amity mayor Vaughan Murray Hamilton not to close the beaches As the Fourth of July weekend approaches the mayor fears the loss of Amitys tourist revenue more than the possibility of
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