How Many People Died in Jaws?

March 22, 2024

In 1975, Steven Spielberg released Jaws, a film that spawned three sequels and changed the way Hollywood releases movies. It is considered the first summer blockbuster, breaking box office records and establishing the modern business model of releasing films with simple high-concept premises in thousands of theatres on the same weekend and promoting them heavily. The movie also helped define horror movies and sharks in pop culture ethos.

The shark in the Jaws franchise is known for going after innocent beach tourists and claiming tons of victims throughout the films. The film has traumatized people and made them afraid to jump into the ocean ever since its release. Even the author of the book it is based on, Peter Benchley, openly regrets making the film.

Despite the violence in the movie, some critics have applauded it for its lack of gratuitous gore and strong performances by Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss. Roger Ebert wrote in his 1975 review that Jaws is a film that has "all the necessary blood and guts but none extra."

Some have also noted that the shark in the movie is based on a large real-life attack that occurred in 1916 in New Jersey. The attacks have given sharks a bad reputation, and many people avoid swimming in the sea out of fear of being attacked by one. However, many sharks are just looking for a meal and are not as dangerous as they are portrayed in the movie.


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