A 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. In the film, a great white shark attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw). Murray Hamilton plays the mayor, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody’s wife. The screenplay is credited to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.
Principal photography began in May 1974. Steven Spielberg filmed the movie Jaws on Martha’s Vineyard, most notably in the fishing village of Menemsha. The Edgartown on the east coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Many of the streets, stores, and houses of the downtown area made it into the movie.