Jaws (1975)

Dir. Steven Spielberg 1975 124 mins US (12A)
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus














On this day in 1975 Steven Spielberg‘s summer blockbuster Jaws was released.

Based on the book of the same name by Peter Benchley, the film marked a watershed moment in cinema history, along with Star Wars (1977), in establishing the modern Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ business model.

An unprecedented budget was spent on promotion, including television advertising and tours of talk shows by producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown. There was also an elaborate range of merchandise to accompany the release, the most elaborate of any film merchandising to date.

On it’s release it screened simultaneously in several hundred cinemas across the US in a wide release. Up until this point these kind of releases were reserved for films that were not expected to be successful and it changed the way in which films were released. It became the highest grossing film in the history of cinema, until Star Wars was released two years later.

The film received the following Academy Awards:

  • Best Sound – Robert L. Hoyt, Roger Heman Jr., Early Madery, John R. Carter
  • Best Film Editing – Verna Fields
  • Best Original Score – John Williams

and was nominated for the following award:

  • Best Picture – Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown


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