Streaming service offers classic shark thriller and its three sequels
Summer is over, but a certain movie still generates fear of going back in the water anytime. The monstrous success of “Jaws” put director Steven Spielberg on the map … and the 1975 classic currently is streaming on Netflix, along with its three sequels. The picture’s legendary production problems, which included a malfunctioning mechanical “shark,” provide a lesson in how the result of seemingly troubled filmmaking still can succeed.
In the adaptation of Peter Benchley’s bestseller, the gruesome death of a moonlight swimmer causes concern among residents and officials of tourist-supported Amity Island. Eventually, the sheriff, a shark expert and a local shark hunter (Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw) join forces to go to sea to find and eliminate the recurring threat. The pursuit is thrilling and involving, backed by a brilliant John Williams score incorporating one of the most famous themes in screen history.