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->''"There is a creature alive today that has survived millions of years of evolution, without change, without passion, and without logic. It lives to kill; a mindless, eating machine. It will attack and devour anything. It is as if God created the devil and gave him… [[TitleDrop Jaws]]."''
-->-- '''From the trailer'''

When a giant [[ThreateningShark great white shark]] starts killing swimmers near the New England resort community of Amity Island, the town mayor tries to keep it quiet rather than risk frightening tourists away. The police chief, Brody, investigates anyway, eventually gaining the support of two other men; Quint, a professional shark hunter, and Hooper, a marine biologist.

The level of terror in the tourist-economy town of Amity (and in the audience) gradually grows to a fever-pitch throughout the film as the attacks persist, eventually forcing Brody, Hooper and Quint to spend the last part of the film completely isolated at sea, hunting the monstrous shark.

''Jaws'' was adapted from the 1974 novel by Creator/PeterBenchley, which was inspired partly by real shark attacks, partly by ''Literature/MobyDick''. Quint's dogged pursuit of the shark has [[MobySchtick many similarities]] with Captain Ahab's hunt of the great white whale.

Released in June 1975, ''Jaws'' was the [[TropeMaker first]] SummerBlockbuster, soon to be [[TropeCodifier codified]] by ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''. Along with ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' and ''Film/KingKong'', it was also the inspiration for Giant Animal rampage {{movies}}, and it served as a launchpad for its director, Creator/StevenSpielberg.

This film had such a negative impact on the public that beach attendance dropped sharply the summer it was released - it has been said that ''Jaws'' filled the cinemas and emptied the beaches - and marine biologists cite it as a reason that people actively hunt great white sharks to endangered status. Peter Benchley, the novel's author, even said he regretted choosing the great white as the creature due to people needlessly killing them, even though the chance of being attacked by a shark is considerably ''less than'' that of being hit by lightning or of being eaten by a crocodile or being murdered by a human.

''Jaws'' is a classic of American cinema. It is very character-based, with a strong plot, fantastic pacing, and wonderful acting. It is still to this day widely regarded as one of the most chilling and exciting thrillers of all time.

The film was followed by three sequels:

* ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'' (1978)
* ''Film/Jaws3D'' (1983)
* ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' (1987)

It also spawned plenty of merchandise, including trading cards, toys, and four {{licensed game}}s; ''VideoGame/{{Jaws}}'' for the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, ''Jaws: The Computer Game'' for UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}}, ''JawsUnleashed'' for PS2 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, and ''Jaws: Ultimate Predator'' for UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and Nintendo3DS. The Ride/UniversalStudios Theme Parks also had many ''Jaws''-inspired rides (though the one in Orlando was deactivated to expand the ''Film/HarryPotter'' area).

Although Scheider, Shaw, and Dreyfuss got top billing, the true star of the movie was a mechanical shark [[ProductionNickname named Bruce]] ([[IAmNotShazam not Jaws!]]).
!!These films provide examples of:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nrvMNf-HEg Quint's legendary monologue]] on the sinking of the USS ''Indianapolis''. Which, incidentally, is TruthInTelevision. Although in RealLife, more of the sailors on the ''Indianapolis'' died from exposure and dehydration than from sharks.
** Robert Shaw, an accomplished writer himself, made major contributions to the script for that scene. He believed there should be some explanation for his character's antipathy towards sharks.
** The scene where Mrs. Kitner confronts Sheriff Brody when the townspeople catch [[RedHerring a shark they think is responsible]]. She slaps Brody, accusing him of indirectly letting her son die by letting the beaches stay open after the first attack. It's what leads Brody into his drinking binge during the middle part of the film, and explains why he tags along with Quint and Hooper to catch/kill the killer shark during the final act.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Hooper, who is a {{Jerkass}} in the novel and has an affair with Brody's wife. In the movie, he is much more sympathetic and [[SparedByTheAdaptation allowed to survive in the end]].
* AdaptationDistillation:
** Very much so. The novel was criticized for its unsympathetic characters, while the film is known for its depth of them. It also streamlined the plot, but remained fairly faithful (for example, in the movie, the ''Orca'' goes out and stays out until the end, while in the book, they make several trips out, returning at the end of each day -- each film encounter with the shark roughly corresponds to a single book encounter, with the ''Orca'' returning to port after losing track of the shark). Like ''Film/TheGodfather'' before it, it is considered to be an example of a film being superior to the book.
** Another good use of this trope is the elimination of the novel's distracting sub-plots, including one revolving around Brody's wife Ellen having an affair with Hooper and another about Amity's mayor being involved with the Mafia.
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** Matt Hooper.
-->"...What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution."
** And this shark itself is specifically marveled at by both Hooper and Quint as being a truly unique specimen, with both of them admiring its tenacity, intelligence, and unpredictability.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: And literal on that first part! Quint crushing his beer can doesn't look too impressive now that they're made of aluminum, and a kid can do it. But at the time, they were made of tin, and it really was quite a show of strength to crush one, which makes Hooper crushing his paper cup in retaliation so much funnier.
* AnimalNemesis: Specifically, a Great White Shark Nemesis.
* AntiClimax: The ending of the original book has the shark just quietly die from the wounds caused by the battle, which highly contrasts to the [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome badassery]] shown in the film's climax. It's also worth noting the contrast between Quint's deaths: The movie truly lives up to its sheer climactic and terrifying intensity when Quint is ''eaten alive'' by the shark on the boat, screaming in terror as Brody helplessly watches. In the novel, he gets tangled and pulled down by one of the weighted barrels and unceremoniously drowns.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: The grieving Mrs. Kintner gives Brody a stinging slap when she learns that the beaches were left open despite the authorities knowing there was a man-eating shark in the area, resulting in her son's death. Even though Brody had actually been overruled by his superiors, he says nothing and accepts the blame.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Sharks do not usually attack you unless you provoke them or they can smell your blood in the water. But they will attack you if you look like a seal or a turtle, which the little kids just happen to look like, but they won't eat you whole -- so that's a relief. Many of these (including the shark's love of attacking humans) were from the book, and Peter Benchley admitted that at the time of writing, he knew absolutely nothing about sharks. Once he learned about them, he was horrified at the damage he and the movie had caused. Although, it's easy enough to HandWave that this is just a particularly vicious and man-eating shark, which if nothing else is certainly ''bigger'' than the average Great White. It's rare for sharks to attack humans and rarer for them to actually ''target'' humans... but that doesn't mean it's impossible, or unheard of (which would not justify trying to hunt all of them into extinction, just because an extreme minority ''might'' be a threat).
* AttackOfTheTownFestival: While it wasn't a festival, the town officials tried to deny that there was a shark near the town, as closing the beach would ruin the town's tourist business over the Fourth of July weekend.
* {{Badass}}:
** Chief Brody. After all, he blew up the first shark and went to electrocute [[Film/{{Jaws 2}} the second one]].
** Quint, by virtue of being a WWII vet and having killed more sharks that you can shake a stick at.
* BadassBookworm: Hooper. He's a scientist who's studied some of the more dangerous ocean predators, and, although not exactly fearless, has the cojones to hunt a 25-ft. man-eating shark, and earlier, scuba dive into the wreckage of a shark-ravaged boat in the middle of a pitch-black night.
%%* BloodFromTheMouth: Quint.
%%* BloodIsSquickerInWater
* BriefAccentImitation: Brody's first scene has his wife encourage him to talk more like the locals. He busts out "They're out in the yahd, not too fah from the cah," and she replies that he sounds like a New Yorker.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Quint has a lot of really idiosyncratic mannerisms, and is often dismissed as a nutcase, but is a shark hunter of unmatched skill and experience.
* BurningTheShips: In the climax, Quint destroys the radio when Brodie tries to call for help, and later appears to deliberately burn out his engine so they can't escape their final confrontation with the shark.
* ChekhovsGun
** Brody's accident with the scuba tank. Early in the movie, Brody flicks through a book of shark pictures, one of which shows a shark with a scuba tank in its mouth. Also an example of {{Foreshadowing}}.
** Quint shooting at the shark with a rifle that Brody uses later.
** Bit of a subversion/bait and switch example: the camera lingers on the machete Quint buries in to the Orca's rail after the cleats are pulled off. It is there for him to grab during his desperate struggle later (and he gets in a few stabs) but it really doesn't effect the outcome in the slightest.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: The local authorities try to write the death that opens the movie as a "probable boating accident" instead of a shark attack. Hooper is furious when he has a chance to examine the body, as (to him) the signs of a shark attack seem obvious.
* CreatorCameo: Peter Benchley playing a reporter.
-->"In recent days, a cloud has appeared on the horizon of this beautiful resort community -- a cloud in the shape of a killer shark."
* CurseCutShort: "Smile, you son of a <*''rifle firing''*>" *BLAM!* Only in most television edits though. The film proper has 'bitch' intact and still audible over the sound of the rifleshot.
* DaylightHorror: The shark attacks mostly during the day on a bright, sunny beach. It does not stop it from being absolutely frightening. This includes the dramatic climax.
* {{Determinator}}: Quint, the obsessed hunter. The Shark, too. It ain't gonna let three puny humans get the better of him.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: While Spielberg read the book, he found the characters so annoying that he [[RootingForTheEmpire started rooting for the shark]]. So in the movie he cut some subplots and developed them better so it would not fit this trope.
* DiagonalBilling: For Scheider, Shaw, and Dreyfuss.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: Brody does not enjoy Quint's homebrew.
* DissonantSerenity: Quint's ''Indianapolis'' tale of watching his Navy mates eaten by sharks is horrific enough. But the sly grin playing around his face for most of the story makes it ten times more disturbing.
** Played for laughs a few minutes later, when the shark is attacking the boat and knocks an oil lamp to the floor, starting a fire. Brody and Hooper are rushing around frantically, while Quint says, in a ''very'' calm voice, "Chief. Put out the fire, would you?". His tone of voice is the same one you'd expect from him saying "Chief. Pour me a cup of coffee, would you?"
* DoubleEntendre: A pretty obvious one, when Hooper is playing solitaire on the deck:
-->'''Quint''': Stop playin' with yourself, Hooper.
* TheDrunkenSailor: Quint is no stranger to a bottle, and all three lead characters get drunk one night at sea.
* DrunkenSong: "Show Me The Way To Go Home" (which Spielberg said that became the SurvivalMantra for the crew during the TroubledProduction, and they cried as the scene of PowerTrio singing it was shot).
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe example; Mrs. Taft's reaction during the town meeting when Denherder jokes if the reward money for the shark's capture comes in cash or check.
%%* EatenAlive: Quint.
* EveryScarHasAStory: Quint and Hooper show off their scars and explain how they received them. This leads to Quint telling the story of the USS ''Indianapolis''. Meanwhile, Brody surreptitiously checks his appendectomy scar, but remains quiet and sort of embarrassed, as he can't compete with the seasoned seamen. He does appear to have a few bullet-wound scars, suggesting why a New York policeman who hates being on the water might have moved to a quiet little town like Amity, but he doesn't remark on those either.
%%* FatherNeptune: Quint.
%%* TheFilmOfTheBook
* FollowTheLeader: The SummerBlockbuster and "giant dangerous animal" movies were all inspired by this film.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In his first speech, Quint forecasts his own demise.
--> This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go.
** A lot of what Quint said foreshadows his death. When he sings Farewell and Adu to You Ladies of Spain the first time, it's in response to seeing Hooper's anti-shark cage, and he ends it after the second stanza, where the lyrics mentions never seeing you again. The last time Quint sees Hooper is as he's being lowered into the water in the shark cage.
** Hooper is warned twice that his shark-proof cage is no match for this shark, first by Quint when they are preparing to leave Amity:
-->'''Quint''': Anti-shark cage? You go inside the cage? (Hooper nods) Cage goes in water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark? Farewell and adieu...
** Then by Brody, right before preparing the cage:
-->'''Brody''': That shark will rip that cage to pieces!
-->'''Hooper''': You got any better suggestions!?
* GargleBlaster: Quint's homebrew hooch, judging from Brody's reaction to tasting it.
* GlassesPull: Martin has a few of these.
* GonnaNeedMoreX: Perhaps the most famous example of someone suddenly realizing they need more of something as a situation gets out of hand:
-->'''Brody''': You're gonna need a bigger boat.
* GoryDiscretionShot:
** Hooper's narration of Chrissie's body is a classic, letting our minds do all the work as we never see the body. It also applies when Chrissie's remains are first discovered on the beach. We only see her hand, but what Hendricks, Cassidy, and Brody see is enough to make them all [[VomitChainReaction dry heave]].
** Averted with the killing of Alex Kintner, with the camera seemingly capturing every blood spray.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Quint -- with bonus points for hunting an actual [[ThreateningShark Great White]].
* GreedyJew: Quint obliquely berates Hooper with this.
-->'''Quint''': You have city hands, Mr. Hooper. You been countin' money all your life.
-->'''Hooper''': All right, all right. Hey, I don't need this... I don't need this WorkingClassHero crap.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
** During his recollection of events from the sinking of the USS ''Indianapolis'', Quint notes how one morning he found his friend missing everything from the waist down.
** There isn't much left of poor Chrissie, either.
* HappilyMarried: In contrast to the book, Martin and Ellen Brody.
* HarpoonGun: How else they're gonna attach those barrels on the shark?
%%* HazardousWater
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Quint's obsession with the white shark makes him behave weird near the end, endangering himself and his mates by destroying his radio equipment to prevent Brody from calling for help. He also wrecks the ''Orca's'' motor by pushing it to overdrive even when Hooper begs him not to.
* HeelRealization: After the Fourth of July attack, Mayor Vaughn sputters "My kids were on that beach too!" as he realizes he put his own children in danger to sell himself a lie and keep the tourist dollars coming in.
* HollywoodDarkness: During Denherder's and Charlie's attempt at capturing the shark.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Changed from Long Island, New York in the novel.
* HopeSpot: As Chrissie thrashes around, she manages to grab onto a buoy. Judging from her evident relief, the shark apparently lets go of her at this point -- only to immediately grab hold of her again and finish her off.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: ''Jaws'' is set around the Fourth of July.
* IgnoredExpert:
** Brody insisted on closing the beaches, but the town council refused to take his advice.
** Hooper tries in vain to explain that the shark they caught is ''not'' the man-eater.
* ImmuneToBullets: The thing is so big and its hide is so tough that bullet wounds are a mere annoyance. It doesn't help that most of the animal is underwater, making it difficult to see what you're shooting at, and (as the Series/MythBusters demonstrated) the fact that most bullets stop after a few feet in water, assuming they don't disintegrate altogether on impact.
%%* ImpendingDoomPOV
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Initially averted when Brody tries to shoot the shark with his service revolver in a genuinely realistic depiction of just how hard it is to hit a moving target with a handgun, but later played straight when he hits the gas canister in the shark's mouth from a not-inconsiderable distance. Arguably, an easier shot due to him using a rifle this time, but [[WordOfGod the director]] admits he [[RuleOfCool wasn't exactly aiming for realism]] with this one. Although, to be fair, in the latter case it ''did'' take him 6 shots to hit the scuba tank.
* InfantImmortality: Averted, twice. To top it off, the incidents in question happen within seconds of each other.
* {{Irony}}: Quint became a shark fisherman because of his experience with the ''Indianapolis''. He also states, somewhat indirectly, that he'd rather drown than die by shark ("I'll never wear a life jacket again"). His house/business is filled with shark jaw trophies, a multitude of victims mirroring the multitude of sailors lost to sharks. He views the great white as the embodiment of his fears and thoughts towards sharks. And in the end, he falls victim to his living nightmare.
:: After the shark leaps onto the stern of the ''Orca'', Quint loses his grip and slides to his death when a scuba tank rolls onto his hand. The same scuba tank that Brody then uses to kill the shark.
* ItCanThink: The shark thinks almost as a human.
* JawsFirstPersonPerspective: The TropeNamer.
* JerkAssWithAHeartOfGold: The Mayor. While all the rest of his efforts to suppress the threat of the shark were based on greed, his refusal to let Hooper and Brody to cut open the tiger shark was based on not wanting to see the partially digested remains of a little boy with the entire town watching, including the boy's mother, who looked like she had just come back from his funeral. As well, after she gives Brody a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, he is the first one to jump to Brody's defense.
* JumpScare: Spielberg already had one when the shark suddenly appears behind Brody, and he decided to add another when Hooper finds Ben Gardner's body. It worked so much the original had less of an impact.
* KickTheDog: It is strongly implied that Pippet the dog has become the shark's victim -- his sudden and ominous disappearance during the beach scene (where he had once been running into the waves to fetch a stick his owner had tossed to him, now we only see the stick floating on the water while his owner frantically calls for him) occurs just before the attack on Alex Kitner (which is itself a KickTheDog moment), and is the first hint of the shark's presence.
* KnightKnaveAndSquire: Brody is The Knight, Quint is The Knave, and Hooper is The Squire.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** The Shark Theme... ''[[HellIsThatNoise Dun dun, dun dun]]''...\\\
In the extras on the DVD, Spielberg talks about getting an excited call from Music/JohnWilliams, wanting to demonstrate said Lietmotif. Cue John Williams playing that incredibly basic two-note ''dun dun... dun dun...'' on his piano. The director remarks wryly, "Johnny always had a great sense of humour. I thought he was joking." It apparently took some time before it really sank in that yes, just those two notes would do it.
** Quint sings "Ladies of Spain", and the tune repeats in the background as his stubborn insanity drives them further into peril. The first two times Quint sings it are after talking about shark attacks (mocking Hooper about the cage and the story about the ''Indianapolis''). The third time he sings it is as he speeds the boat to shore in a desperate attempt to drown the shark, knowing that the engine will most likely burn out before that and leave them stranded and helpless on a sinking boat. It is heard a fourth time, incorporated into the soundtrack, played after the ''Orca'' is immobilized and Quint goes below to inspect the damage. It ends on a sour note when his eyes rest on a pair of soaked life preservers hanging on their hooks.
* LosingYourHead: Ben Gardner's head when it's discovered by Hooper.
* MadeOfExplodium: The air tank would not blow up when shot, but Spielberg [[EnforcedTrope insisted on this]] as he felt a "big rousing ending" was necessary.
* MayorPain: Vaughn, in league with the city council, ignores Brody's concerns and tragedy ensues again.
%%* MobySchtick
* MoodWhiplash: Comedy and horror, done expertly.
** Hooper and Quint go from laughing and comparing scars to Quint's tale about the ''Indianapolis.'' Hooper takes a second to realize that the mood has changed, and then the smile disappears from his face.
* MostAnnoyingSound: How Quint introduces himself. He drags his nails down a chalkboard.
%%* MouthCam
* MusicalPastiche: "Ladies of Spain" for Quint.
* MusicalSpoiler: The shark's theme (i.e. the one that got caught has no music). At times it's subverted, with the shark appearing without any musical indication.
* NailsOnABlackboard: Quint, making his legendary entrance.
* NightSwimEqualsDeath: The opening scene may be the TropeCodifier.
* NonIndicativeTitle: To the point that when Spielberg saw the unfinished book, he imagined if it was about dentists. Many countries went for "Shark" or some variations instead (''Tiburón'', ''Tubarão'', ''[[TheTheTitle Lo]] Squalo'', "The White Shark" in German, "[[BreadEggsBreadedEggs The Jaws of the Shark]]" in Greek), if not a CompletelyDifferentTitle: in French it's ''Les Dents de la mer'', "The Teeth of the Sea".
* NoodleIncident: It's not clear whether Brody's fear of the ocean is based on a specific incident. He brusquely responds to his wife's attempt to name his condition with "Drowning!"
* NothingIsScarier:
** Spielberg despised how phony the shark prop looked, so he shot it from awkward angles, beneath the water, for only moments at a time; anything to keep the audience from getting a good look at it. It also kept breaking down, which resulted in lots of shots in the movie that ''imply'' the presence of the shark, without showing so much as a fin. Spielberg later said that much of the credit for this goes to the film's editor, Verna Fields. They would fight in the editing room (Fields' pool house) over whether to use this trope (her preference) or to use a shot of the shark that Spielberg had spent a day capturing.
** The aforementioned dog scene. We never actually get any clarification over what happened to Pippet; all we see is his owner calling frantically for him and the stick he was fetching floating in the water. It's strongly implied that Pippet was an appetizer for the shark shortly before it attacked the little boy. This is especially horrifying for animal lovers.
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The town hall meeting about the shark problem quickly degrades into bickering, cut short by Quint stealing the floor with his [[NailsOnABlackBoard entrance]].
* ObscuredSpecialEffects: The mechanical shark was used sparingly, not so much because it was unconvincing, but because it was malfunctioning all the time. Therefore, Spielberg cut out the parts where the shark was constantly malfunctioning. This decision helped rack up the suspense, making the film all the more effective.
* OhCrap: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
** Hooper in the cage after the shark has slammed into it once and is coming back a second time. Despite being underwater with a respirator in his mouth, you can hear him scream in terror.
* OnlySaneMan: Hooper tells Brody that he will be "the only rational man left on [Amity] island" after Hooper leaves the next day to join a shark research vessel. [[spoiler:Even after Hooper stays, Brody is arguably ''still'' the only rational man on the island.]]
* PeekABooCorpse: One appears under the wrecked boat.
%%* POVCam
%%* PowerTrio: Quint (Id), Brody (Ego), and Hooper (Superego).
%%* {{Premiseville}}: Amity Island
* PrecisionFStrike: Right before we get a good look at the shark for the first time: "'Slow ahead.' I can go slow ahead. Come on down here and chum some of this shit."
-->'''Mayor Vaughn:''' I don't think that you're familiar with our problems.
-->'''Hooper:''' I think that I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and ''bites you on the ass''!
* PreMortemOneLiner: ''"Smile, you son of a bitch!"'' Also doubles as a literal PrecisionFStrike, as Brody fires the killing shot the moment he says 'bitch'.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Quint is the town's major expert on shark hunting, and has a sizable collection of shark trophies at his shop. When we find out he was on the USS ''Indianapolis'' -- Hooper stops mocking Quint [[OhCrap the second he finds out]] -- we realize he's been hunting sharks for 30 years to get his revenge for what they'd done to his crewmates.
** And the shark currently ''hunting them'' could well be on ''his'' Roaring Rampage after Quint.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Quint's shack is a rare heroic version: The walls are lined with [[BattleTrophy the jaws]] of the countless sharks he has killed. Doubling as a TrophyRoom, the shack displays Quint's obsessive insanity and lust for vengeance against all sharks.
* RuleOfScary:
** The shark does some things against the boat that would in actuality compromise itself, but the sheer shock of a 25 foot shark jumping into the back of the boat was enough to overlook that logic.
** Richard Dreyfuss recalls that he first heard about ''Jaws'' at a party, overhearing someone (possibly Spielberg) talking about how to achieve that exact shot. He also recalls thinking something along the lines of "Good luck with that!". Spielberg has said that the last few minutes of the movie were a case of "If they've come this far with me, they'll go the last mile."
* ShoutOut:
** When the [[spoiler:shark's mangled corpse]] sinks to the seafloor, it is accompanied by the same roar featured during the destruction of the semi in Spielberg's previous movie, ''Film/{{Duel}}''.
** At one point, Hooper does brief [[TreasureIsland Robert Newton]] and Creator/WCFields imitations.
** A subtle homage to ''TheSearchers'': Deputy Hendricks digging in the sand with his knife after finding Chrissy's remains.
** Multiple shots are very similar to ones found in ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'', such as the underwater monster viewpoint of a woman swimming on the surface of the water, as well as the fact that early on in both films we barely glimpse the monster at all.
* SkinnyDipping: Chrissy picked the very worst time for it.
* StaggeredZoom: An interesting use of this trope right before Alex Kintner gets eaten. Roy Scheider is framed in a medium shot. Twice passerby obscure the camera, and each time Scheider is closer when the camera reveals him again. This is done not for any dramatic effect -- that comes with the famous VertigoEffect a couple minutes later -- but to demonstrate Martin's feeling of unease as he watches the beach.
* SuddenlySober: Hooper, right after Quint mentions the ''Indianapolis''.
* SuitWithVestedInterests:
** Mayor Larry Vaughn. Despite the obvious danger he refuses to shut down the beach he wants the tourism money. This results in several deaths that might have been prevented.
** In the original novel, Vaughn [[spoiler:is in serious debt to a [[TheMafia Mafia family]], and thus needs the beach attendance to boost revenue to pay them back, making his insistence on keeping the beaches open significantly more understandable/plausible -- he's already in fear for his life]].
* SummerBlockbuster: The first.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The shark in ''Jaws'' spends the entire ending hunting our heroic crew.
* SymbolMotifClothing: The Mayor wears a suit patterned with anchors.
* {{Tagline}}: "Don't go in the water."
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Quint and Hooper can't stand each other. They begin to warm up to each other as they prove their mettle on the boat (alcohol helps it along).
* ThreateningShark: [[TropeCodifier One of the most famous examples]].
%%* UltimateEvil
* VertigoEffect: Chief Brody's reaction to seeing the Kintner boy being attacked by the shark. Hitchcock might have invented it, but Speilberg's flawless use of the technique here is why everyone recognises it today.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: A series of shark attacks along the New Jersey shore in 1916 along with an anecdote to the [[WorldWarII wartime sinking]] of the USS ''Indianapolis''.
* WidowsWeeds: Mrs. Kitner is wearing a black veil to show she is in mourning for her son.
* WindowPain: The third barrel breaks the ''Orca's'' front window when it's launched.
* WorkingClassHero: Played with. Quint is a veteran, competent, and savvy seaman who dismisses Hooper's knowledge of sharks outright because Hooper is a college kid. Hooper, treated with contempt, calls him out using the [[TropeNamers exact term]]. Deconstructed in that Quint's {{pride}} causes him to ignore important advice from Hooper, [[spoiler:and ultimately gets killed for it]]. Hooper, although not exactly effective in his own right, [[spoiler:at least survives at the end]].

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