Jaws

Continuity mistake: When the barrel comes over the top of the boat Brody ducks to his left and it just misses him - in the next shot Quint is standing immediately to his right, so he should have been hit by the barrel, knocked out or even killed.

Visible crew/equipment: When Quint is doing his speech at the town meeting the camera slowly moves towards him. When the camera passes the man in the grey suit you can see a moving shadow near Quint. Everyone in the room is stationary in this scene apart from the cameraman and film crew.

Continuity mistake: At the end Brody throws the diving tank into the shark's mouth with the bottom first. When he shoots the tank it has turned round with the fat end facing out.

Revealing mistake: When the shark swims away with three barrels, in the next shot all three men are standing at the back of the boat watching it. Look at the sea in front of them and you can see one of the barrels waiting to pop up.

Continuity mistake: In the first scene of the Orca at sea, Hooper holds a green tackle box as Quint cracks open a beer. The way Hooper holds the tackle box varies between shots. (01:13:05)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: As Brody flips through his shark book, he pauses to look at a photo of two fishermen and their catch. The photo is on the right page, but in the previous shot where we see Brody stop flipping through, there was no picture on the right page as seen in a reflection on his glasses, just words. (00:25:30)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: In the medical examiner's room, before Hooper splashes water over his face, he rolls up his left sleeve just a bit. His wristwatch is in view, but between shots the watch tucks itself away under his sleeve. (00:32:40)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: Prior to departing on the Orca, Hooper and Quint discuss the anti-shark cage. At the onset, a rigging rests on Quint's left shoulder. But between shots the rigging repositions itself away from his shoulder. (01:09:50)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie we see a number of underwater scenes with the camera shot looking up under the swimmers where the water is very clear and blue given how many swimmers we can see from a distance. The only problem is that the water everyone is swimming in is greenish and cloudy as can be seen with the camera shots that are half in and out of the water right along side of the swimmers.

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When Quint shouts for Hooper to tie up the first barrel, Hooper's grip on the electronic tracking device differs from one shot to the next. (01:24:15)

ryguy_1983

Character mistake: When Chief Brody is talking to Mayor Vaughn on the ferry, before he says "I appreciate it I'm just reacting to what I was told" he calls him "Harry" when his real name is Larry.

mightymick

Hooper: You know those eight guys in the fantail launch out there? Well, none of 'em are gonna make it out of the harbor alive.

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

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Question: There are two scenes on the boat after they have seen the shark and Brody has a panicked look, while in the background a shooting star passes right behind him. This happens twice, but it's in the day time. Was it real?

Answer: Although the 1995 documentary "The Making of Jaws" claims that the shooting star was real, the fact is that the shooting-star background effect is a Steven Spielberg trademark in most of his films (first noticed in "Jaws," but also appearing in "Close Encounters," "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Saving Private Ryan" and others). Spielberg has always had a fascination with shooting stars, dating back to his childhood, and he works them into almost every film. Http://americanprofile.com/articles/steven-spielberg-shooting-stars-movies/.

Charles Austin Miller
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