FILM: Jaws

Showtimes: Sunday, June 4
$12 public | $10 members

It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat.

Released: 1975
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Rated: PG
Running Time: 124 minutes

Winner of three Academy Awards: Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Music - Original Score
Nominated for one Academy Award: Best Picture
Winner of one Golden Globe Award: Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated for three Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Director

Special Event

Nat Benchley (brother of JAWS author, Peter Benchley) will introduce both of Sunday's screenings of JAWS. Nat brings with him some fascinating behind the scenes stories about the making of JAWS and of course valuable background information into Peter Benchley himself. Following the Sunday screenings of the film, Nat will then stay behind to give the audience a little more education on Sharks and Marine preservation.

Nat told TCAN - “Peter spent his last three decades working on shark protection and education and Wendy continues this mission vigorously. That is what I'd like to talk about after the film. The movie is a fun adventure story, but its information about sharks is almost fifty years out of date. And the shark population has suffered so much in the intervening decades that there is a lot people can do if they care about the future of the oceans and the planet."