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Upstate Films Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY
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On August 19th and 22nd, join us for one of the greatest summer blockbusters of all time. Based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, the August 19th screening will be followed by a book vs. movie discussion, presented in collaboration with Oblong Books. Click here to purchase the book in advance

In its first five minutes Jaws grabs you somewhere beneath your sternum, and for nearly two hours it doesnt let you go.  Michael Sragow, Boston Globe, 1975

The story: One early summer night in a fictional New England summer resort town, a young girl (Susan Backlinie) goes out for a skinny-dip but never returns. After her disappearance, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches. But Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. When the great white foe dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders local fishermen (Robert Shaw) and a visiting ichthyologist (Richard Dreyfuss) to catch the culprit.

The production: Shot mostly on location on Marthas Vineyard, the film had a troubled start. As the art departments mechanical sharks suffered many malfunctions, Spielberg decided to mostly suggest the animals presence, employing an ominous, minimalistic theme created by composer John Williams to indicate its impending appearances. While the theme and the film are both iconic today, production designer Joe Alves remembers that, as big as the film became, it was actually a rather small movie. There were only half a dozen key people pushing to get it done. Then there was a preview screening in Long Beach, and we were deathly afraid that they were going to laugh at the shark We had never heard the John Williams music. We had just heard the valves, and it was very mechanical. But when you had the music and the sound, they didnt laugh. They screamed. Its release in 1975 is now regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. Along with STAR WARS two years later, JAWS was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model. And in 2001, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the US National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.

(USA / 1975 / Directed by Steven Spielberg)
PG / 2 hrs 4 mins.


Upstate Films Rhinebeck (View)
6415 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
United States


Arts > Literary
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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