Trivia: 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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Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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. They were going to use a little person to stand in for Dreyfus but it was too dangerous, so they used a small mannequin.
Trivia: 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 it in the movie. (It was number 35 on the top 100 Most Memorable Movie Quotes list).
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Trivia: The marine biologist, Hooper, was an unlikeable character in Peter Benchley's novel. In the book, Hooper had an affair with Chief Brody's wife, and Hooper was appropriately eaten alive by the Great White at the end. Steven Spielberg originally intended to follow the Benchley novel and allow Hooper to be eaten inside the shark cage. As it happened, Spielberg fell in love with some accidental footage of a real Great White thrashing wildly with an empty shark cage; in fact, he loved that shot so much, the scene was rewritten on-the-fly to allow Hooper to escape the cage and survive.
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Trivia: A young and arrogant Richard Dreyfuss thought the movie "Jaws" was going to be a flop. So, weeks before "Jaws" ever opened in theatres, Dreyfuss did television and magazine interviews in which he criticized the film and apologized in advance for his performance in it.
Add timeCharles Austin Miller
Trivia: Because Spielberg took production over 100 days and made the crew suffer for his attention to detail, he refused to come for the final day of shooting, believing the crew were going to throw him into the water after they had finished. It has since become a custom of Spielberg to be absent on the final day of shooting on the majority of his films.
Trivia: Actor Robert Shaw took inspiration from and based his performance of Captain Quint on an eccentric, real-life Martha's Vinyard fisherman named Craig Kingsbury. Steven Spielberg was deeply impressed by Kingsbury, also, and actually cast him in the role of fisherman Ben Gardner. Beyond that, Kingsbury's colorful language around the set was often written into the dialogue of Captain Quint and Ben Gardner.
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