History Trivia / Jaws

14th Mar '17 6:34:53 AM darthpaul
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** Quint's rant to Brody about getting the Mayor off his back so he wouldn't "have any more of this zoning crap" reflects the fact that the real-life town of Martha's Vineyard almost didn't allow the building of the set for Quint's shack due to zoning regulations, only allowing a variance at the last minute... then ironically wanted the production to leave it standing as a tourist attraction afterwards. They refused, pointing out that under the town's own laws they would have to pay daily fines for failing to tear down the set.
28th Jan '17 11:12:47 AM arseyman
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* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''.

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* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''.
Leviathan''. When Benchley couldn't think of a title in the first place, his father Gabriel suggested the substantially less serious ''What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg''.
27th Jan '17 5:26:07 AM Upgrader
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** Quint's ''Indianapolis'' speech was only recorded because the crew was waiting around for "Bruce" to be repaired, so Spielberg added more dialogue to keep from wasting so much shooting-time. It wound up being ''the'' dramatic high point of the film.
** Hooper was SparedByTheAdaptation because when shooting scenes with actual sharks in Australia, there was that great take of the shark rolling on top of an shark cage - but it was empty (the stuntman had fled for his life).

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** Quint's ''Indianapolis'' speech speech, generally considered the dramatic high point of the entire film, was only recorded because the crew was waiting around for "Bruce" to be repaired, repaired (again), so Spielberg added more dialogue to keep from wasting so much shooting-time. It wound up being ''the'' dramatic high point of the film.
** Hooper was SparedByTheAdaptation because when shooting scenes in Australia with actual sharks in Australia, and a miniature cage and diver, there was that great take of the shark rolling on top of an the shark cage - but it was empty (the stuntman had fled for his life).life). So instead of the shark tearing Hooper to pieces (per the novel), the filmmakers changed the script to have Hooper escape and survive.



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30th Oct '16 3:58:28 PM erforce
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!!The novel:
* CreatorBacklash: During interviews later in his career, Creator/PeterBenchley claimed he came to regret writing the novel when he learned about the growing worldwide fear of sharks, and he felt his book and its film version had led to massive shark overfishing that was driving several species close to extinction. He became a vocal ocean conservation activist to make up for it, and remained so until his death. His later book ''The Beast'' even features the hero ranting in his head about how much damage the film has done.
* OldShame: The movie's popularity turned the book into this for Peter Benchley. The movie set off a wave of paranoia about going to the beach as well as a renewed spate of shark-hunting that drove various species almost to the point of extinction. Benchley lamented that he would never have written the book had he actually ''known anything about sharks'' and that they weren't like the monster about which he had written.
* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''.



* CreatorBacklash: During interviews later in his career, PeterBenchley claimed he came to regret writing the original novel when he learned that the worldwide fear of sharks he felt his book and the film version created had led to massive shark overfishing that was driving several species close to extinction. He became a vocal ocean conservation activist to make up for it, and remained so until his death. His later book ''The Beast'' even features the hero ranting in his head about how much damage the film has done.



* OldShame: The movie's popularity turned the book into this for Peter Benchley. The movie set off a wave of paranoia about going to the beach as well as a renewed spate of shark-hunting that drove various species almost to the point of extinction. Benchley lamented that he would never have written the book had he actually ''known anything about sharks'' and that they weren't like the monster about which he had written.
25th Oct '16 3:47:23 PM gjjones
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* RealLifeRelative: Lorraine Gary (Ellen Brody's actress) is the wife of Sidney Sheinberg, who was Universal's president at the time.
25th Oct '16 3:19:59 PM gjjones
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* FakeAmerican: Quint is played by an Englishman.

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* FakeAmerican: Quint is played by an Englishman.Lancashire-born Robert Shaw.
18th Sep '16 6:32:06 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: Peter Benchley appears as a reporter, and when the ''Orca'' contacts shore the one who responds is Steven Spielberg.
12th Aug '16 7:07:38 PM MrNickelodeon
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* TheDanza: All of the skippers' names are what the actual team members' names are.
4th Jul '16 10:26:06 AM BobTanaka
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** "The Body of Mary Lee" poem was thrown in by Robert Shaw. When the producers asked who wrote it so that they could be sure to get the rights, Shaw assured them the rights wouldn't be an issue: he'd found it on a centuries-old tombstone in Ireland.

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** "The Body of Mary Lee" poem was thrown in by Robert Shaw. When the producers asked who wrote it so that they could be sure to get the rights, Shaw assured them the rights wouldn't be an issue: he'd found it on a centuries-old an old tombstone in Ireland.
4th Jul '16 10:22:44 AM BobTanaka
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** "The Body of Mary Lee" poem was thrown in by Robert Shaw. When the producers asked who wrote it so that they could be sure to get the rights, Shaw assured them the rights wouldn't be an issue: he'd found it on a centuries-old tombstone in Ireland.
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