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Rated PG · 124 minutes · 1975
It broke box-office records in 1975, and probably posted an aesthetic landmark, too—in proving that actors and characters were completely redundant in the shopping center cinema of the 70s. Steven Spielberg's mechanical thriller is guaranteed to make you scream on schedule (John Williams's score even has the audience reactions programmed into the melodies), particularly if your tolerance for weak motivation and other minor inconsistencies is high. It spawned a number of imitations (including Grizzly, Day of the Animals, and the unforgettable Worms), most of which failed. But the formula has lived on in the Alien series and most contemporary films with aspirations toward suspense.


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Chicago United Film Festival

Franchised indie fest featuring 18 films, including documentaries on Chicago hip-hop, Chicago's Providence St. Mell high school, and Jaws »

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Howard Sackler, John Milius and Robert Shaw
Producer: David Brown and Richard Zanuck
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer and Susan Backlinie

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