If you are like me every time you went into the water after seeing this movie you uttered to yourself, it was only a movie. Well I hate to bring the fear back to you (actually, I enjoy it) Jaws was inspired by true events that took place over an eleven day period in 1916. A great white shark attacked several people over the course those eleven day killing four and injuring one, off the Jersey Shore. The incident was the most reported news of the time, causing mass hysteria over sharks. Jaws was a huge success at the box office as well as the Oscars taking home three of them.