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Director Steven Spielberg’s classic chiller, starring Roy Scheider, is a still textbook exercise in the creation of suspense. The lean script was co-written by Peter Benchley from his own bestseller and John Williams’ Oscar-winning score helps build up the nail-biting tension no end.

The resort town of Amity Island is the place where it definitely isn’t safe to go into the water, a great white shark is the beast snacking on unfortunate swimmers and police chief Scheider, shark expert Richard Dreyfuss and grouchy boat skipper Robert Shaw are the mismatched trio who decide to hunt it down.