Beer in the shape of a Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) descends on the small, seaside town of Amity bringing confusion and panic to the locals.
The local chief of police, Brody, does not know what to make of this new arrival, after years of complacency all of this just crept up on him. He is aware that this force of nature can be harnessed but at the same time is also a massive threat to his way of life and to the status quo.
Unsure of how to tackle this new foe he enlists the help of two men. The first is the salt-of-the-earth Quint.
Quint has been dealing with the tribulations brought on by sharks for decades. Battle-hardened, wistful and with a lifetime of experience he can sometimes come across as a little insane and immovably stuck in his ways.
Obsessed with taming sharks only by the use of barrels.
Quint could possibly be accused being a bit too casual about sharks.
The second man to come to Chief Brody’s aid is the quiet and university educated Hooper.
Possessing a wealth of knowledge gleamed mainly from books Hooper is a man who is initially intimidated by Quint and is therefore prone to antagonistic behaviour.
Which can sometimes be excused given how the locals of Amity seem blissfully unaware that different types of shark exist. In trying to explain he realises he really isn’t going to convince everyone that he knows more than most regular, as he would call them, bozos.
And later, when he find just how irrational Quint sometimes behaves, never listening to reason and ploughing on regardless.
However Quint and Hooper do bond slightly when they realise that they each have something to bring to the table given their past dealings with sharks.
Brody, the outcast between the yin-yang of Hooper and Quint’s knowledge of sharks seems more concerned about gas and always wanting things to be bigger.
For the sake of everything, these three men come together to try and get a grip on the shark and after some effective use of barrels it appears the three men may be victorious. But the exertion of it all is too much and via a stray gas cylinder, Quint meets his fate in the jaws of the shark.
Hooper, after one trick too many also appears to succumb leaving only Chief Brody left to do battle, which he eventually succeeds at, using another gas cylinder.
As Brody surveys the scene of victory, of a shark tamed, he is startled then relived to see Hooper did in fact survive, and as they lament the passing of Quint they had back to the shore.
But as the credits roll it is not the two survivors but the rough and ready Quint, with his history evoking stories that linger in the memory.
Thanks for reading.
A word about the sequels:
Jaws 2: Something original always has inferior follow ups.
Jaws 3-D: The painful exploitation of that latest techniques and styles that quickly outstays its welcome.
Jaws, The Revenge: Horrible cash-in that only swells the coffers of a small few.