When I was a kid I saw some of Steven Spielberg's movies, such as "E.T." As I got older I saw more of them, such as "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind". Somehow, though, I missed "Jaws".
Until now. I bought it cheaply on VHS. It is slower-paced than many of today's movies, but again that's what makes the suspenseful part so good. Topping it off, John Williams chose music just right for the occasion.
The mayor refuses to believe the claims that there was a shark. What happened after the capture is up to the viewers' imaginations. However, it is reasonably safe to assume that the mayor saw the shark and was forced to believe, that its picture was in the paper and that residents and tourists were told that the water was once again safe for swimming.
First time viewers will see that the movie was bloodier than they assumed it would be, while those who haven't seen it in years will discover that it was bloodier than they remember. Nothing too gruesome, especially compared to today's movies, but not entirely benign either. For this reason you should think twice about letting elementary school children watch this, especially if they're afraid of the water. For those who are ready for this movie, though, the plot is very good, making you wonder what's going to happen next.