Corrected entry: In the middle of the fight with the shark at sea, Quint tells Hooper 'full ahead', then Brody repeats the command but says 'slow ahead' twice.

Correction: The only time Brody repeats Quint's command is after Quint says, "Stop playing with yourself Hooper. Slow ahead, if you please." Brody then sarcastically repeats the same command when he says, "You heard him, slow ahead. I can go slow ahead. Come on down and chum some of this sh*t."

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Corrected entry: At the end of the movie when the shark explodes and we see it sinking to the bottom of the ocean, the ropes connecting the dorsal and the tail fins are visible (broken). You can see the same thing in the shot where the shark jumps up onto the Orca.

Correction: The lines that are visible, both when the shark leaps onto Orca and then when bits of it sink, are the lines connected to the harpoons on both sides of its dorsal fin.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Bruce (the Shark) rams the cage, you can see Hooper with blood coming from a small wound (it is his, I've checked). after a bit of this he swims to the bottom of the ocean. His wound may have stopped bleeding, but couldn't have healed so fast and the shark would have caught his blood trail instantly.

Correction: Hooper stabs the shark twice in the close-up and again repeatedly in the wideshot, so the blood you see is the shark's blood, not Hooper's.

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Corrected entry: Hooper purposely holds the shark gun outside the cage so he'll lose it when Bruce hits the cage in the next shot.


Correction: The fact that Hooper, holds the poison shark dart with his hand between the cage bars is not a film mistake, not even a deliberate one. Within the storyline this occurrence is reasonable and perfectly plausible. Hooper, who is very nervous and extremely anxious, stands ready to strike at the shark, specifically in its mouth, as he watches the shark swim off to his left. After pulling off the cork he readies the dart gun again as he looks around for the shark, but is quickly startled by its sudden thrust on the cage, behind him, causing him to lose his grip of the shark dart as he falls back.

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Corrected entry: Hooper is in his wetsuit waiting to enter the shark cage. As he stands on the deck, notice behind him that the stern of the Orca is now shorter in length, painted white, and well above sea level.

Correction: First, Orca's paint color is the very same pale greenish tint as in the rest of the shots, not white. Second, the shot when Hooper puts on the air tank that Quint holds for him, shows the stern through the cabin doorway and because most of the starboard side of the rail can't be seen in this shot, the depth perception of the deck may be deceiving. The deck is not shorter here, nor is it shorter in similar shots. Third, it is impossible to even determine the level of the water directly around Orca's hull in this shot, or even in the next shot as Hooper climbs into the cage.

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Corrected entry: Richard Dreyfus is driving the boat, then playing cards, then driving again.

Correction: At no point does Hooper's card playing grate with continuity. Hooper sits beside the wheel and plays solitaire, then Quint says, "Stop playin' with yourself Hooper. Slow ahead if you please." So Hooper gathers his cards and two shots later he is standing at the wheel.

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Corrected entry: When the little boy on the yellow water raft is supposedly eaten by Jaws, you see two boys carrying him out of the water when everyone is clearing out.

Correction: When Ellen asks her husband, Chief Brody, "Are you okay?" behind her there are five boys who wear red swimming trunks, that head into the water. Alex Kintner, the boy who will soon be attacked, is also wearing red swimming trunks. After the shark attack, the boy in the red swim trunks being dragged out of the water is not Alex.

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Corrected entry: When Chrissie is being attacked, she has a 5-second pause in being chewed-upon. When it's a hit-and-run attack this is normal (the shark realises it has made a mistake and leaves). Since Chrissie is eaten, we're talking about a bump-and-bite attack, which causes a shark to go into a feeding-frenzy. It is highly unlikely for a shark to let go for even one second in such an event.

Correction: It may be unlikely, but it's not impossible, especially since it's eating prey it has probably not encountered before.

Corrected entry: At the point when the Orca breaks down, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw are stuck out in the ocean with the Shark, Robert Shaw goes back into the boat to get some life jackets, as he comes out he throws the life jackets to the others. If you turn up the sound very loudly at this point you can hear Robert Shaw fart. You can only hear it if you turn up the volume, Robert Shaw then walks off the edge of the boat with a smirk on his face, he shouldn't be doing this when it is clearly now do or die for the three of them.

Correction: There's an indistinct rasping sound, at best. It could be Shaw's rubber soled boots on the wet deck. Quint is smirking at the inexperience and lack of skill of Brody.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the guys are sitting on the boat, singing "Show me the way to go home" when one of the guys (can't remember who) shushes the other two. The camera goes to a board where the shark is about to hit. The board is already cracked before the shark hits it.

Correction: It's an old, weather-beaten boat, so cracks in the boards are very likely.

Corrected entry: When Bruce has tipped the boat over on the 4th of July, the man in the boat is trying to get out of the water. We see Bruce swimming up to grab him, the shark's body tilted so that one eye is towards the surface and the other towards the bottom. Shouldn't Bruce's fin be sticking out of the water?

Correction: The shark (a.k.a Bruce, as you call him) is at least five feet below the surface of the water, at which shark's fins cannot reach up to.

Corrected entry: On the report Chief Brody is typing up while talking to the coroner, the girl's body is listed as being found late at night. It was during the day.

Correction: It was late at night, even the time is shown on the report when the death occured: 11:50 PM.

Corrected entry: In the movie you only see the shark's fin in the first half of the movie, not the rest of the fish. This was not originally intended, but rather something they were forced to do. One of the first two shark models sank and the other one blew up.

Correction: This was entirely intentional. Steven Spielberg said that he would only direct the movie if the shark wouldn't be revealed for the first hour of the film.

Corrected entry: Throughout the film, most notably in the scenes where Dreyfuss is attacked in the cage and the Orca is repeatedly rammed by the shark, the action depends upon the shark swimming backwards. No shark can do this.

Correction: Each time the cage is rammed, it would move. So the shark just has to 'accelerate' from its current position to hit the cage again without reversing.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, where Brody finally kills the shark, he was only a couple of feet from it when it exploded. Brody should have been blown sky high.

Correction: Not at all. First, Brody is more than 'a couple of feet away'. More like fifty or sixty feet. The 'explosion' was the bursting of a compressed air cylinder, not a bomb going off. The shockwaves will dissipate very rapidy underwater, and Brody is above the surface on the mast of the sinking ship. He won't feel a thing.

Corrected entry: When in the shark cage, Hooper drops his weapon twice.

Correction: It does look a bit like he drops his weapon twice, but in fact it looks more like a bar or something from the cage.

Corrected entry: When the shark was dragging Chrissie in the water, why didn't it just pull her underwater as soon as it grabbed her? I thought the shark didn't want to wait to eat his meal.

Correction: Sharks will often "taste" a victim before coming back for more, this is why so many people are able to survive encounters with even great whites. From a film standpoint, it was done to prolong the terror and suspense of the audience.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Brody and Quint are loading Hooper's shark cage into the water, Brody appears to have a shirt. In a second angle of the same scene, Brody's shirt is no longer there. The scene then cuts to Hooper in the boat cabin, and then back to the deck. Again, Brody is wearing a shirt. This process occurs a few times during these five or six minutes.

Correction: Brody's shirt is off only during the scene where he, Quint and Hooper are assembling the shark cage. Brody could have just taken the shirt off for that reason and put it back on once the cage was ready.

Corrected entry: When Chief Brody is attempting to pump the water out of the boat, he has the drain hose of the pump lying on the deck right next to him. So, in essence, he was doing absolutely no good whatsoever.

Correction: Probably true, but not the point of the scene. Brody isn't paying attention to pumping the water out of the boat and is only doing it because Quint asked him to. Brody realizes that Quint is overmatched by the shark and wants to get out of there. You can see the frustration on his face as he is working the pump half-heartedly and he then throws the pump on the floor of the boat and begins climbing the ladder to the bridge, presumably to confront Quint (upon which, the shark nearly capsizes the boat when he swims directly under it).

Corrected entry: Another scene that is proof that the film was made in either early spring or late fall is the scene where the mayor is arguing with Hooper and Brody about the existence of a shark in front of the graffiti covered sign. It is supposed to be right before July 4th, yet everyone is in coats and jackets.

Correction: The movie was indeed filmed mostly during the spring, but this scene isn't proof of that. The mayor is dressed in business attire throughout the movie, which makes sense since he's a public official. Hooper is wearing a sport jacket, but this is probably because he's meeting with the mayor and didn't think it appropriate to be dressed in shirt sleeves, and Brody is wearing his uniform jacket, possibly for the same reason. Moreover, the movie is set on an island where it is probably somewhat cooler in the mornings (when the scene is set).

Revealing mistake: 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. (01:58:00)

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