July 24, 2019 - 8:00 pm
The Tropic’s Summer Blockbuster Series continues with the 1975 movie that defined the modern blockbuster: Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws.”
One summer night on the small resort of Amity Island, a young woman takes a moonlight skinny-dip—and never returns. When parts of her wash ashore, police chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, 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. However, the victims keep washing up, and a visiting scientist, Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), knows they’re dealing with something much bigger than anticipated. One fatality later, Hooper and Brody team up with flinty old salt Quint (Robert Shaw), the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White–especially since the price is right.
Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water.