On This Day: June 20th

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On June 20th 1975 the film Jaws was released. At its time it became the highest grossing film of all time, this was till the release of Star Wars in 1977, and started the trend of films known as “summer blockbusters”. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history.

In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional New England summer resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Murray Hamilton as Larry Vaughn, the mayor of Amity Island and Lorraine Gary as Brody’s wife, Ellen. The screenplay is credited to both Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

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