Jaws

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.

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Revealing mistake: While Quint is in the shark's mouth, the comfy white cushion is visible under his back, protruding from the shark's mouth.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: After the shark disappears, with Quint in its mouth, in the next shot facing Brody the door to the cabin closes. The wire attached to the door, leading offscreen to the right, is clearly visible.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: In the scene in which the two men are fishing for the shark with the roast and inner tube, watch the amount of chain that is pulled off of the pier. Not only do numerous feet of chain go out but there are already many feet in the water connected to the tube. When the pier gets pulled into the water and the shark makes the turn to chase after Charlie, watch how close the pier is to him. With the amount of chain that was let out, the shark would have been well past Charlie and the shark probably would've beached itself.

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Revealing mistake: As the shark jumps on to the back of the boat, a metal wire is visible from the shark's fin. It's not the barrels because it disappears in the next shot.

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Revealing mistake: Just as Quint finishes scraping his nails on the chalkboard, the camera begins to move in closer when he takes the first bite of the cracker. On the right side of the screen under Harry's chin, Roy Scheider is seen ducking down while staring at the camera, as it pans toward Robert Shaw, and he then lifts his left hand up, cueing Robert's line.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Quint is gone, the shark bursts through the window of the cabin surprising Brody and in its second close-up, with its jaws wide open, the shark's head moves from left to right of the screen. As it does, the aft side of the cabin set is visible on the left, with the wall conspicuously missing and then at the fore side of the cabin, the window frame is not complete.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Hooper encounters Ben, the shape and size of the hole in the hull of Ben Gardner's boat, as well as the paint stripes on the hull, all change in this shot. (The close-ups of Ben's appearance were shot later in pick-ups after principal photography wrapped.)

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When the shark takes the fishermen's bait, the attached chain pulls one corner piling at the corner of the small dock. When the dock gives way in the wide shot, another line around the second corner piling visibly pulls it as well, in order for the dock to break apart effectively for the stunt.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Charlie and Denherder, the two fishermen, first wrap the link chain around the corner wood piling, the dock they stand on is clearly visible. A bit later when the shark takes their bait, the crossbeams at the base of the dock are actually gone for the stunt.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: At the boathouse, when Hooper cuts open the Tiger shark, it is very noticeably a fake shark (note its seams) in contrast to the real one hanging on the dock earlier.

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Super Grover
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Revealing mistake: During Chrissie's attack, she clings to the buoy and cries, "Oh my God! Oh God!" In the next shot, as she is pulled away from the buoy, a wire (at about the height of the bell) that shimmers in the moonlight and bounces up and down with the buoy, runs from the buoy towards the right of the screen. It is not visible in any other shot.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: Towards the end of the movie, when Quint is practically bitten in half, the mechanical shark's rubber teeth bend as it bites down, and they also bend when the shark bites down on the tank.

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Revealing mistake: While Hooper is below in the cage, he sees the shark nearing and up on deck as the barrels speed closer, the black triangular device attached to their lines is clearly visible, right in front of the barrels. The device pulls the barrels, not the shark.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Brody tries to hail the Coast Guard, just as Quint smashes the radio, the reflection in the center window is of the three windows on the opposite side of the cabin. Though the two side windows being reflected are normal, the entire center window being reflected is blacked out, reason being that the camera filming this shot is positioned in front of that window and in order not to see the outline of the camera, the center window directly behind it was covered. In the previous and following shots obviously there is nothing blocking that window. Similarly, this occurs when Quint speaks with the Coast Guard.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When Quint has decided to lead the shark back toward shore, after Quint pushes Hooper away when he tells him to shut up, Hooper tells Brody to hold on. In the next shot showing the three men, with the barrels in pursuit behind them, Quint moves toward the left of the screen and the line pulling the three barrels is clearly seen in the boat's wake behind it.

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Revealing mistake: When the bottom half of Quint's body is in the shark's mouth, Quint's fake belly shifts around where the shirt is open and the edge is also noticeable under his shirt.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: As the shark pushes his face into Hooper's cage, in a very nice close-up of the underside of his pectoral fin the large amount of peeled paint is quite visible, as it is in other shots of other areas of his body. Then in another shot at the same angle, just before Hooper escapes the cage, the paint job is perfect. In some other close-ups the shark's outer flesh creases deeply, because of its hollow interior, when pushed up against other surfaces.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: After Hooper's comment, "He's working his way up to us," Quint rushes to the stern and shoots another line into the shark. In a very tight close-up of the shark's gills it is very apparent that they are just wide carved ridges, with no slits whatsoever, to even attempt to give the illusion that they are real, like in other great shots of Bruce.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: 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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Revealing mistake: After Hooper delays Quint's shot of the very first harpoon into the shark, he finally shoots and hits the right side of the shark's dorsal fin. Problem is that in this particular shot there is another harpoon already on the left side of the shark's dorsal fin! This is the exact same shot seen later in the film, after Quint shouts, "Run him down Hooper!"

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: While the shark's face is up close and personal in the cage with Hooper, the equipment under the shark is visible as the camera pans back and is visible again in following shots. In the shot just prior to Hooper swimming away the device is quite clear.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: In the scene at the dinner table, when Brody's son is copying his movements, after Brody puts down his glass to cross his fingers, you see his son cross them before Brody does.

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Revealing mistake: In the absolutely brilliant boat scene towards the end of the film, there is a medium shot of the rear of the boat when Jaws comes right out of the water. If you look carefully under the shark model as it leaves the water, you can see the mechanical wheel they used to maneuver the model.

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Revealing mistake: The ropes from the two barrels attached to 'Bruce' the shark are tied to the stern cleats, but then Bruce pulls on the ropes and starts to drag the boat sideways and nearly submerges the stern of the boat. As the boat is being pulled sideways by the ropes, they are both shown to have quite a bit of looseness, or slack in them. How can the boat be pulled like that if the ropes are not taut?

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Revealing mistake: When Hooper is lowered in the cage you can see the oxygen bubbles rising to the surface from the underwater camera team.

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Revealing mistake: When Hooper is in the cage the regulator hose is to Hooper's right (viewer's left when facing him). However, when the shark first appears and passes Hooper, in the shot facing him the hose is now to Hooper's left (viewer's right), and the word "repeater" on the poison shark dart is also backwards. This is a flipped shot.

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Super Grover

Revealing mistake: When the Orca is sinking and the shark smashes through the glass to get Brody, the mechanical shark's eyes are too obviously fake-looking in these close-ups.

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Leonard Hassen

Revealing mistake: When Hooper has found Ben Gardener's head, he screams and drops the tooth and the light. Watch at the bottom of Ben's boat, a wire can be seen to anchor it down.

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Revealing mistake: When Chief Brody starts shooting the shark, his cartridge is missing.

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Revealing mistake: When Quint begins singing 'Ladies of Spain' while Bruce is chasing the Orca into the shallows, he turns slightly to his left and looks over his shoulder. When he does, you can see that the barrels are actually being towed by the Orca, due to the wake of the line doing the towing.

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Revealing mistake: When the boy is attacked at the beach a man says "did you see that?" The woman behind him wearing the hat sits up with everyone else then looks directly at the camera and smiles instead of looking at the attack.

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Revealing mistake: When Brody is stabbing Jaws at the end with the harpoon, you can see air bubbles under the rubber skin on top of Jaw's head - air bubbles or the blood bags.

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Revealing mistake: Just after the first shark attack, Chief Brody and his deputy discover the beached remains of the nude swimmer. As Chief Brody hesitantly approaches the grisly scene, the camera cuts to a close-up of a mutilated female arm and other viscera, covered with a creeping cluster of small saltwater crabs. Inexplicably, a single crab falls out of thin air on the right side of the screen to join the others. A moment later, Chief Brody arrives at the scene, in the background. Obviously, a film crew member dumped a bucket of live crabs onto the body parts for this shot, but poor editing allowed one of the animals to be seen falling onto the pile.

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Charles Austin Miller

Revealing mistake: When the shark's jaws come down on Quint's stomach, look carefully and you can see Robert Shaw using his hand to push the shark's nose onto his stomach.

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Revealing mistake: In the very first scene of when they are at sea to kill the shark, the background of the sea is quite clearly a projection.

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Casual Person

Revealing mistake: Towards the end, before Quinn is eaten, the shark is "chasing" the boat with 2 barrels. You can see the wire from the boat dragging the barrels off to the right side of the screen.

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Revealing mistake: As Quint smashes the radio, then when Brody yells at him, nearby land is reflected in the windows behind them. There is no land in sight both before and after this scene.

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Revealing mistake: When Quint is getting eaten, the Orca is now a solid tilted movie set - look at the sides against the sea instead of Quint, and the Orca is not moving.

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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.

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Revealing mistake: During the scene at the hospital after the shark attack in the pond, as Michael and his bed are being wheeled out of the room and down the hall by a male and female nurse, the male nurse keeps repeatedly looking directly into the camera.

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Revealing mistake: On the second day aboard the Orca, Quint fires a barrel into the shark and they start to pursue it. There are some overhead shots of Quint on the pulpit and during some of these shots, you can see some sort of tow cable. It's visible on the bottom of the screen between some of the supports of the pulpit.

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

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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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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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