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Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic "Jaws," which film historians consider one of the first box-office blockbusters, will be screened by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy as the finale to their annual summer film series. ("Jaws" was originally slated for Aug. 12, but was postponed due to inclement weather.)

The PG-rated film stars Brooklyn native Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist and shark expert Matt Hooper, who attempts to convince the local police chief (Roy Scheider) and the mayor (Murray Hamilton) to close the fictional town of Amity’s beaches before any more tourists become hors d’eouvres for a voracious great white shark.

"Jaws" was nominated for best picture and won Oscars for best film editing and best music for John Williams’ original score ("dumdumdumdum").

Today, "Jaws" continues to inspire filmmakers, including Brooklyn Heights’ own director Chris Kentis ("Open Water") who told GO Brooklyn he would like to make a film about the lost crew of the U.S.S. Indianapolis.

In "Jaws," the ill-fated World War II vessell forms the basis for the film’s most memorable scene, a monologue by the late Robert Shaw, as the old sea dog Quint.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. A free shuttle bus loops between the Clark Street 2/3, High Street A/C, York Street F subway stations and the park.

The screening begins at 8:45 pm in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, which can be accessed from Water Street at Dock Street. For more information, log onto www.brooklynbridgepark.org or call (718) 802-0603.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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