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Jaws

The reporter on the beach is Peter Benchley, who wrote the novel "Jaws," and also co-wrote the film's screenplay.

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Quint's boat is named Orca. The orca is the only natural predator the great white shark has (besides humans).

In the novel, Quint dies differently. He is stabbing the shark with a harpoon. He then gets tangled in the harpoon rope and is yelling to Chief Brody to give him the knife. Quint then gets dragged underwater by the shark and drowns. This is similar to the death of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick.

The shark in the film was nicknamed Bruce - after Spielberg's attorney.

The name Ben Gardner comes up in the film when Brody asks if Ben caught the tiger shark, and when Brody and Hooper find Ben's battered boat (which leads to Hooper seeing his severed head), though Ben is never introduced in the film. Ben does make two unidentified appearances while alive. When Hooper arrives in Amity, Ben is the first man to greet him at the dock, and at the start of the shark hunt Ben is the first man shown in a moving boat, as he complains about the other fishermen.

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The man's voice on Quint's radio is Steven Spielberg.

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Matt Hooper was originally supposed to die. After the infamous incident where the real shark was caught in the wires above the miniature cage, the midget actor refused to go back in the water with it, meaning the filmmakers had to rewrite the script for Hooper to survive.

When the three guys are out on the boat in the dark looking for the shark, a meteor shoots past Roy's right shoulder - this meteor was a real one. In the next few frames another meteor shoots across the top of the frame - this meteor was added in post-production.

Brody's dog actually was the real life pet dog of Steven Spielberg.

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When the girl is being attacked, she seems to do an incredible job of acting in pain. The thing is, she is not acting. The scene was done with divers under the water pulling the actress with ropes, hard enough to bruise her.

Brody's line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat", was actually a total ad-lib. The director wanted a real reaction to the shark popping up really close to him, so they didn't tell Roy Scheider that it was going to happen. It was a total surprise. Not only did he react naturally, it scared him so badly that he forgot the correct line. So, when he looked at Quint, he ad-libbed, and they left in the movie. (It was number 35 on the top 100 Most Memorable Movie Quotes list).

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The shark doesn't make its first full appearance until 81 minutes into the movie.

During the scene where Dreyfus' character is underwater in a protective case, Spielberg used a real shark, which was much smaller than the mechanical shark. So they used a little person/dwarf to stand in for Dreyfus in the scene.

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When Mrs Kintner sees Chief Brody at the dock, she says "Chief Brody?" and slaps him. Roy Scheider was actually hit in the face, as Lee Fierro was apparently unable to fake the slap.

Sterling Hayden was the original choice for Quint, but Hayden's tax problems with the US Government prevented him taking the role.

Throughout the movie the color yellow runs as a theme. Yellow is known as a color that sharks can actually see, which is why lifeboats should not be painted in that color.

Richard Dreyfuss initially turned down the role of Hooper, but after worrying that no one would hire him after his performance in the film "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz", he immediately called director Steven Spielberg and asked for the part back.

Steven Spielberg has referred to Bruce as being a "floating turd" in interviews. You can see his point when you see the shark in full length for the first time.

After the shark blows up and they show it under water you can hear a sound, taken from "Creature from the Black Lagoon ". It was also used when the truck was falling off the cliff in Duel, another Spielberg movie.

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Chief Martin Brody: Smile, you son of a bitch.

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When the shark bursts through the window of the cabin, in each of the shots facing Brody, including when he shoves the air tank into the shark's mouth, the glistening water is visible in the window's reflection behind Brody. The shark's reflection is never seen behind Brody, despite the shark's massive size in the small cabin. Bruce must have had the day off during Roy Scheider's takes.

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