* 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''. When Benchley couldn't think of a title in the first place, his father Nathaniel suggested the substantially less serious ''What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg''.
** AFIS100Years100Movies: #48
** AFIS100Years100Thrills: #2
*** #18 Villain, The Shark
*** #35, "You're gonna need a bigger boat"
** AFIS100YearsOfFilmScores: #6
** AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #56
* ApprovalOfGod: Peter Benchley liked how cutting the subplots allowed for the characters to be fleshed out properly.
** It's "''You're'' gonna need a bigger boat", not "We're".
** And it's "This is not a boat accident!", not "This was no boating accident!"
** Ben Gardner was played by local fishermen, farmer and eccentric Craig Kingsbury. Creator/StevenSpielberg described Kingsbury as "the purest version of who, in my mind, Quint was", and some of his offscreen utterances were incorporated into the script as lines of Gardner and Quint.
** The medical inspector was played by a real doctor, Robert Nevin.
* DeletedScene: Scenes cut from the film:
** Brody feeding the dogs in the kitchen.
** An alternate discovery of Chrissie's remains, with Brody forcing a reluctant Cassidy to identify her.
** Mayor Vaughn trying to get Brody to do something about the kids karate-ing fences while on the car ferry.
** Quint buying piano wire for his fishing pole and "encouraging" a boy playing a clarinet.
** On the way to cut open the tiger shark, Hooper tells Brody about a $1200 phone bill and a girl who liked phone sex.
** Mrs. Kintner coming out of the town hall with her father after posting the reward notice and passing Quint who is getting out of his truck.
** Ellen talking to Hooper over dinner about a documentary she saw on sea lions.
** The shark hunters' flotilla battles amongst itself to pull up a tiger shark to claim the bounty.
** There was an added scene shot for the fourth victim that showed him seemingly being pushed by the shark as he grabs Michael Brody and attempts to drag him down with him before dying and letting him go. Creator/StevenSpielberg decided that the scene should be cut because he felt that it was too bloody and in bad taste.
** On the laserdisc version, there is an additional scene where Quint and his little friend are talking in a boathouse. His friend tells him he's not going with him to hunt the shark. Quint responds by calling him a "miserable little son of a bitch."
* EnforcedMethodActing: Initially, they weren't getting the reaction shot Spielberg wanted from Susan Backlinie when the shark first grabs Chrissie, so they did a take where they didn't tell her when it was going to happen. That's the take that went into the movie.
** An inadvertent example--the attack on Chrissie is simulated by having her pulled to and fro by ropes tethered to her torso. Unfortunately, one of the ropes was pulled too hard, breaking a rib. Those screams of pain and terror are ''real''.
* FakeAmerican: Quint is played by Lancashire-born Robert Shaw.
* FanNickname: Due to the first shark's ProductionNickname, the later sharks are usually called "Bruce (sequel number)" or something along those lines. The baby shark in the third movie also tends to be called Bruce Jr. to distinguish it from its parent.
* FollowTheLeader: The SummerBlockbuster and "giant dangerous animal" movies were all inspired by this film.
* FountainOfExpies: As [[http://jabootu.net/?p=586 this review]] notes, Jaws inspired hundreds of killer animal movies, with Quint and Vaughn being the source (or at least the codifiers) for a large number of imitations.
* LifeImitatesArt: Beach attendance dropped sharply for the summer of 1975.
* ProductionNickname: Bruce for the first shark. Spielberg himself called it Great White Turd due to its breakdowns.
* RealLifeRelative: Lorraine Gary (Ellen Brody's actress) is the wife of Sidney Sheinberg, who was Universal's president at the time.
* TheRedStapler: Inverted. Beach attendance dropped significantly after this movie.
* ScienceMarchesOn: ''Much'' more has been learned about shark behavior since 1975. As a consequence, most of the theories Hooper voices, believed to be valid at the time, have since been disproven.
** At the time the general conception really was that great white sharks are "mindless eating machines". It has since been proven that great whites have a complex social hierarchy, distinctive personalities, and definitely a capacity for learning and rudimentary reasoning.
** There were problems with getting the mechanical shark to work, forcing the creators to turn it into mostly TheUnseen.
** Quint's ''Indianapolis'' 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 (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 and a miniature cage and diver, there was that great take of the shark rolling on top of the shark cage - but it was empty (the stuntman had fled for his life). So instead of the shark tearing Hooper to pieces (per the novel), the filmmakers changed the script to have Hooper escape and survive.
** 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.
** Roy Scheider ad-libbed the famous "You're gonna need a bigger boat." line.
** The shooting star that appears as Brody loads his revolver on the boat is real, not something added in post-production.
** The footage of the Shark rolling on top of the shark cage wasn't planned, but it was considered far too awesome not to use. This lead to Hooper surviving, since he wasn't in the shot.
** The entirety of the Indianapolis speech was written by Robert Shaw, who felt that Quint needed a motivation for his quest. Its inclusion in the final film is only because yet another shark shot failed.
** "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 an old tombstone in Ireland.
** An unusual case; it seems that the more troubled the production of each film was, the better it turned out. The original film barely even got made at all due to the numerous troubles they had with the weather and the mechanical shark, yet is easily the best of the series. The second had a massively problematic start, but things eventually smoothed out during filming, and it ended up a decent film. The third's production problems were mostly limited to the challenges of working in 3-D, and the resulting film was... pretty bad. ''The Revenge'' had the smoothest production of all the ''Jaws'' films by far -- and yet it ended up the absolute worst film.
** Creator/RichardDreyfuss basically summed it up as follows: "We started the film without a script, without a cast and without a shark." The full model mechanical shark sank to the bottom of the ocean on its first day, forcing a team of divers to retrieve it, and all three models frequently malfunctioned due to exposure to salt water. Add to that the occasionally soaked cameras, ruined takes because unwanted sailboats drifted into frame, and that one time the ship began sinking with the actors aboard. While these disasters did force Creator/StevenSpielberg to be creative and contributed to the film's success (famously, he only [[NothingIsScarier hinted at the shark's presence]] for most of the film), ''Jaws'' still wound up $5 million over budget (that was a lot back in 1974) and behind schedule - what was initially meant to be a 55-day shoot ended up at 159 days. Spielberg even thought he would never work again because of how screwed the thing was!
** The original introduction for Quint had him in the local movie theater watching ''Literature/MobyDick'' starring Creator/GregoryPeck. Quint was to be sitting at the back of the theater, laughing so loudly at the absurd special effects of the whale that he drove the other viewers to exit the theater. Eventually, Quint would be discovered sitting by himself. Spielberg says that the only thing that stopped him from doing that scene was Peck, who held part of the rights to that movie. When Spielberg approached him for permission to use the footage, Peck turned him down, not because he thought it was a bad idea to use the film that way, but because Peck did not like his performance in the film and did not want the film seen again.
** Spielberg considered Creator/CharltonHeston for Brody, before deciding that if Heston would have been cast, it signifies to the audience that the shark has virtually no chance against the hero. Creator/GeneHackman was also considered.
** Spielberg's first choice to play Quint was Creator/LeeMarvin, who thanked him but replied that he would rather go fishing. Spielberg then wanted Creator/SterlingHayden, but he was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid tax. Creator/RobertMitchum and Creator/OliverReed also turned it down.
** Creator/JeffBridges, Timothy Bottoms, Creator/JonVoight and Jan-Michael Vincent were considered for the role of Hooper. Creator/KevinKline was offered the role and told Spielberg that he knew someone who was an oceanographer and thought he could play one. Spielberg then told him "I don't want someone who knows someone who is an oceanographer, I want someone who is an oceanographer".
** Creator/PeterBenchley's choices for whom to cast in the film were Creator/RobertRedford, Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/SteveMcQueenActor.
** Creator/MichaelWinner, fresh from his success with ''Film/DeathWish'', was considered to direct.
** Spielberg thought of an alternate ending where after the shark is blown up, Brody would look up to see several shark fins.
** Carl Gottlieb, who plays newspaper editor Meadows, is one of the credited screenwriters and responsible for most of the shooting script.
** Robert Shaw himself made a significant contribution to the Indianapolis speech.
* The original classic is on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList Great Movies List.]] He was unsurprisingly unfond of the other three, even giving ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' a zero star rating, indicating that the movie offended him.
* TheDanza: All of the skippers' names are what the actual team members' names are.
* ExecutiveVeto: When Halloween Horror Nights returned to the Studios park in 2006, the ride's skippers put together their own script that was more profane and violence-based that they hoped they would be able to use during the event nights. When the employees presented the script to the resort's higher-ups, they rejected it and forced them to stick to the regular script for reasons unknown.
* ThrowItIn: The skipper sometimes will make a slight change to their spiel to poke fun at the reactions of the riders, and there are situations where the skipper will be forced to due some improvising, such as if they accidentally drop the grenade launcher into the water. [[note]]Yes, it actually has happened before.[[/note]]
* TroubledProduction: A rather serious case, as the ride was essentially non-functional when it first opened. It had to be completely shut down and reworked entirely, and it took three years for the ride to finally be opened up again. Universal even ''sued'' the people who manufactured the original version of the ride.