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Jaws Vintage Original Movie Posters

These Vintage Movie Posters for Jaws and Jaws 2 come from the exemplary 1975 American spine-chilling movie by Steven Spielberg in view of Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of a similar name. In the story, a huge man-eating shark assaults beachgoers on Amity Island, a New England summer resort town, provoking the nearby police boss to go after it with the assistance of a sea life scholar and an expert shark hunter. The vintage movie posters for this film are iconic, and the film stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Murray Hamilton and Lorraine Gary.

Shot largely in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, the film disturbed a generation, however the production design ran into trouble when a number of the mechanical sharks had numerous glitches. Spielberg also engaged composer John Williams to create the iconic musical theme to demonstrate the shark's approaching appearances. Spielberg and others have contrasted this approach with that of exemplary horror director Alfred Hitchcock. Universal Pictures gave the film what was then a wide release on over 450 screens, combined with a broad advertising effort with an overwhelming focus on TV spots and merchandise.

Considered one of the best movies ever, these vintage movie posters represent the embodiment of the prototypical summer blockbuster at a watershed moment in film history. Jaws was the highest-grossing movie ever until the arrival of Star Wars (1977). The film won honors for its music and editing. Alongside Star Wars, Jaws was significant in setting up the Hollywood plan of action, which focusses around high film returns from a premise of action and adventure, with basic high-idea premises that are released in late spring to a huge number of theaters and upheld by promotion and advertising.

Jaws was trailed by three subsequent movies, none with the support of Spielberg or Benchley, and numerous imitative films. In 2001, Jaws was chosen by the Library of Congress for addition to the United States National Film Registry, being regarded "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".