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Classic Film: Jaws (1975)

With blockbuster season hitting New Zealand cinemas in May, why not catch up on what’s often described as the first of its kind, Steven Spielberg’s wonderfully scary and slightly silly Jaws, released in 1975 across multiple US theatres simultaneously for the very first time, pre-empting marketing methods that have become common today.

It’s the summer holidays on Amity Island, New England, and after a young woman is killed by a shark, the local police chief realises they have a great white stalking their beaches. Yet his claims fall on deaf ears until he’s drawn to a battle at sea with the almost 8 metre long monster.

Arguably the first Hollywood blockbuster in the modern sense, Jaws is still surprisingly frightening, and an early statement of intent from one of Hollywood’s most prolific entertainers.

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