Jaws

Factual error: When Hooper sees the hole in the hull of Ben Gardner's boat, he uses his knife to pry out the shark tooth. The tooth is located at the bottom of the hole, with its flat root side stuck deep in the wood and its pointy side facing up. It is completely impossible for the shark's tooth to become wedged in the wood this way, while he takes a nice bite out of the wood hull.

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Factual error: When the shark is attacking Quint, the boat etc., his eyes do not roll back. Great White sharks roll their eyes back when they attack. Sharks that don't roll their eyes back have protective eyelids, but the shark doesn't close its eyes either.

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New this month Suggested correction: Sharks only do this with some prey items, seals etc as its eyes are a weakness. The shark due to its size could not have perceived the human as a danger and in fact in reports from survivors of encounters with white sharks they often say they looked into the eyes while being bitten.

Factual error: After the shark tries to attack Brody on Orca, it swims backwards out of the cabin, just as it does in other shots. No shark can swim backwards.

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Factual error: Right after Quint shoots the second barrel into the shark, the shark swims towards the camera with his mouth open and you hear a roar. Sharks do not roar since they have no vocal cords.

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Factual error: In the scene when Brody and his deputy, Hendricks, are at the boat dock watching all the fishermen get into their boats, there are many shots when you see the town behind them. If you'll notice, there are no leaves on any of the trees, suggesting that it may be autumn. The events in the movie are supposed to occur during the 4th of July holiday. This mistake is also repeated when the mother of the boy comes to the dock and slaps Brody.

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Factual error: Shooting an oxygen tank (or even an air tank) would not cause it to explode, rather the tank would just empty quickly, but it wouldn't blow up, no matter where the bullet hit.

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Factual error: When the woman is yelling that the shark is in the pond, it shows the shark's dorsal fin and tail fin sticking out of the water. The tail fin is moving straight. If the shark needs its tail to swim, wouldn't the tail fin be moving side to side?

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Factual error: Chief Brody is wearing his badge on the wrong side of his chest in every scene. That must have been deliberate for reasons only known to cast and/or crew. A sworn Peace Officer always wears his badge on the left side of his chest, symbolizing that it is over his heart.

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Factual error: When Hooper examines the remains of the swimmer he lifts up what is left of the woman's left hand and forearm. The blood and flesh are a bright colour. Blood and flesh discolour very quickly on a dead body - these bits should be a lot darker and the flesh a lot paler and dark bluish in colour.

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Chief Martin Brody: You're gonna need a bigger boat.

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Mistakes

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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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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