When a young woman is killed by a shark near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat.
“…the most perfectly constructed horror story in our time.” — Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter
Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay), Peter Benchley (based on the novel by)
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions