Jaws 4

Jaws 4 (1987)

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Factual error: At the end when the shark is attacking the boat and the electronic device is used you can hear the shark roar. Sharks cannot produce this sound.

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Factual error: Sharks cannot "stand" up on the surface of the water like this one does in the end.

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Continuity mistake: Michael Caine is knocked overboard into the water, but manages to climb back into the boat - when he reaches the deck, his clothes are perfectly dry.

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Revealing mistake: As the shark grabs the woman off the banana boat and slams her in to the water, the fake shark's rubber teeth bend.

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Revealing mistake: Toward the end, when they have killed the shark and are all floating about in the water, you can see that the horizon is a painting. The water is even lapping up against it.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the entire film, Ellen Brody's hair changes back and forth from blonde to white.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Michael Caine and Lorraine Gary are at the Islands street party together, the boom microphone is seen top left. Mind you, it's the only highlight of a pretty drab film.

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Suggested correction: I have viewed this several times you have mistaken the boom mic for a large round tree branch.

Revealing mistake: When the shark is attacking someone under the water you can see a hole in the shark and divers fins showing that it's a puppet.

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Revealing mistake: When the shark bites off Sean's arm, the outline of his arm hidden under the coat is visible.

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Revealing mistake: When Hoagie lands the plane on the water you can see they are near land when they in fact are supposed to by far out on the ocean. The sand bottom is visible. Also a sailboat suddenly appear, it wasn't there earlier.

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Revealing mistake: During the sequence when Michael has his underwater motorcraft and the shark attacks him, you can see in certain long shots the machine which works the shark protruding from under its tail.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike sees through the binoculars that his mom is walking with hoagie sandwich, you can see she is wearing white shoes. However, when it cuts to the next shot she is barefoot.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike, Jake and Hoagie are in the plane searching for Ellen, when looking out the window they are flying over land. When it cuts they are suddenly over the ocean and when it cuts again they're over land.

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Continuity mistake: When Hoagie lets Thea steer the plane, Carla is sitting beside Mike in the background. When it cuts Carla suddenly has her arm raised, resting on the seat.

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Continuity mistake: In one of the final scenes in which the shark is attacking, the colour of the water is not consistent in the background. In one scene it is light blue, and in the other it is much darker blue.

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Suggested correction: It is because it's the ocean which is carrots shades of blues and greens.

Visible crew/equipment: When the shark is underwater with Jake in its mouth a black hose attached to the back part of the shark is visible.

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Continuity mistake: The transmitter device that Jake attaches to the shark is missing between shots during the entire movie.

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Continuity mistake: When Michael is standing by the window and Carla is lying in bed, Carla rests her head on her arm. When it cuts Carla is suddenly lying down in bed.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the shark is attacking Mike in his sub, as he yells, "Jake," it cuts and we see the shark from the side of the sub. Look through the windows of the sub, under the shark, there is a large black tube attached to the shark's stomach.

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Continuity mistake: When Ellen is on the boat, and sees the shark coming towards her, the distance between her and the shark does not look very far. When it cuts to Mike, Jake and Hogie in the plane, from their view the distance between the boat and shark looks much greater, about 60-70 metres. Also, only about five seconds later, the shark jumps out of the water and strikes the boat, the shark could not have swam that distance in such a short time.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike goes down to the ocean to hug his mother, she turns with the ocean at her left hand. When it cuts to them hugging the ocean is at her right hand.

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Character mistake: When Polly answers the phone and is told of the log drifting in the channel, she immediately yells to Sean and tells him this. However, she does not leave enough time for the caller to be able to tell her all this, she leaves 1-2 seconds before passing it on to Sean.

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Audio problem: When the band is playing, the drums are not in sync with what the drum players are playing.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where the shark has Michael cornered in the old, rusted boat; as he's about to use his oxygen tank to rocket up to the surface, the shark breaks through the wall and when it does, a large number of thick tubes can be seen running into the shark to make it work.

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Revealing mistake: When the shark is rammed by the boat at the end, right before it explodes it is too obvious that the shark is a model. Some signs are: the oversized dorsal fins, its mouth is bent at an unrealistic angle, and it doesn't have eyes.

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Factual error: The shark that attacks the Brodys in the Bahamas is presumably the same one that kills poor Sean Brody on Amity Island (that poor kid can't catch a break). Ellen departs for the Bahamas after Sean's funeral and the shark follows shortly thereafter. So, the shark swims from Amity, an island off the North Atlantic Coast, down to the Bahamas in order to stalk Ellen, Mike, etc. in a matter of days. Hmmm. As Matt Hooper said in the first film, "fast fish".

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Revealing mistake: When the shark explodes, in the last shot (from behind the boat) which shows him exploding it is painfully obvious that the boat is only a model and not the real boat from previous shots.

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Hoagie Newcombe: I have an irresistible urge to kiss you, Ellen Brody.
Ellen Brody: Why?
Hoagie Newcombe: Because... It would not occur to you why.

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Trivia

There are two different endings to this movie. In the first one (released on video and DVD in the US), the shark (inexplicably) explodes after being rammed by the boat and sinks to the bottom in a reuse of footage from "Jaws." When the camera cuts back to the survivors floating in the water, we see that Mario Van Peebles, though badly wounded, is alive after all. In the second ending (which can be seen on American Movie Classics in the US), Mario Van Peebles does not survive his fall off of the boat; when he falls, he lands in the shark's mouth and is killed. Also, when the boat rams into the shark, it does not explode but is more "realistically" impaled, blood pouring from its mouth as it dies. After the survivors are knocked off the boat, there is a shot of ship and shark sinking to the bottom, prow of the ship stuck in the side of the shark.

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