Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Peter Benchley & Carl Gottlieb, based on the novel by Benchley
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Music: John Williams
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Score, Best Editing and Best Sound; Oscar nomination for Best Picture; currently #108 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 124 minutes
Synopsis: Giant man-eating shark. Boo!
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great)
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for concept and story) c. 3.2/4 (Very good)
I was quite surprised by this one. Suspenseful, and pretty scary as far as monster movies go. But what really surprised me is that it’s also got strong characters, good dialog, and good acting, expertly filmed. They managed to do without the usually-obligatory waiting around to get to the action part(s) that this sort of story typically has. Everything in the movie is engaging, regardless of whether the shark is around. And when it is around, it’s pretty crazy fun what they do with it.