'Jaws' 35th anniversary: Remembering the first summer blockbuster

jaws.jpgThis weekend (June 19 and 20) marks the 35th anniversary of what is regarded as the very first summer movie blockbuster -- Steven Spielberg's "Jaws." It grossed over $470 million, making it the highest-grossing movie of all time until "Star Wars" was released in 1977.

"The Today Show" ran a special "Jaws" segment (the video below) about the movie and the Bio channel is airing "Jaws: The Inside Story" all month long. Check your local listings for showtimes.

"Jaws" happens to be our all-time favorite movie. If you've never seen it as an adult, we urge you to watch (or rewatch) this 1975 classic. People who scoff that it's a cheese-fest with a fake-looking shark probably have never watched it all the way through. It is scary, it is clever, the acting is top-notch (particularly Robert Shaw's Quint, one of the last big roles he played before he died in 1978), the infamous music is chilling and the cinematography is gorgeous.

There is a reason it is one of only a few horror movies to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

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