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JAWS Quiz – What do you know about JAWS?

So you think you’re an expert when it comes to JAWS, huh? Take this quiz and find out!
A special thanks to the following contributors:

Andrew Burrows

Matt Mittenthal


Lauren Laver

Jim Schmaltz

Questions 1-8 and initial inspiration provided by Andrew Burrows

1. Robert Shaw also had a part in another Benchley-inspired film. Name
the film, and who were Shaw’s co-stars in the movie.

2. Richard Dreyfuss later had a role in which his character was asked a
question relating to the “Jaws” script. Who was the actor asking the

3. How many of Spielberg’s films has Richard Dreyfuss appeared in?

4. In Benchley’s original novel, Quint perishes in a different way to
the one in the film. How?

5. Complete the following quote;

Quint: “You got…………………all your life.”

6. In which movie does Roy Scheider play the role of brother to Dustin
Hoffman’s lead?

7. Why does Hooper want Brody to “go to the end of the pulpit” when they
first see the shark?

8. What is the name of the “floating asylum” upon which Hooper intends
to spend several months at sea?

Questions 9-13 provided by Matt Mittenthal

9. What does Quint want a case of for hunting the shark?

10. What state was the license plate from in the tiger shark’s stomach?

11. Of what nationality was the man who beat Quint in the arm wrestling
tournament in San Francisco?

12. How old were the kids at the karate school who were “karate-ing” the
picket fences?

13. Complete this quote: “At home ………… brung him!”

Questions 14 and 15 provided by LisaCat28

14. What was the name of the boat, that Brody, Hooper, and Quint were on?

15. What was the name of the girl that broke Hooper’s heart?

Questions 16-27 provided by Lauren Laver

16. In the beginning of the movie, what were the Cassidy’s last words before
passing out?

17. What were Brody’s sons’ names?

18. At dinner, what kind of wine did Brody open first?

19. What was the “clinical” term for Brody’s fear of water?

20. Peter Benchley appeared in Jaws as who?

21. According to Mayor Vaughn, what does Amity mean?

22. According to Hooper, how big was the tooth that he pulled out of Ben
sunken boat?

23. Fill in the words to this song: Farewell and adieu…again.

24. What were Quint’s estimates of the shark’s weight and length?

25. When Quint was on the Indianapolis, what day was it that he ran into a
buddy of his from Cleveland who was bitten in half below the waist?

26. When on the Orca, who was the last person singing as the shark attacked?

27. How many Jaws movies were there, and where did each take place?

Questions 28-42 provided by Jim Schmaltz

28. Name the local fisherman killed by the shark.

29. How many people are killed by the shark? Who are they?

30. How long is Hooper going to be aboard the Aurora?

31.What kind of shark dismantled Hooper’s boat when he was a young boy?
Bonus points if you know the length of the shark!

32.What noise startles Brody after Quint tells the Indianapolis story?

33. What kind of shark was the first to appear at the Indianapolis
disaster, according to Quint? Again, bonus points if you know
the length. And another bonus point if you remember how Quint
says you measure a shark when you are in the water.

34. How many times was the shark harpooned?

35. What song is Sean Brody singing before Alex Kintner is killed?

36. What do the Mayor and coroner convince Brody to list as Chrissie’s
cause of death?

37. Quint once saw a shark eat a piece of furniture. What was it?

38. What toys from home and what flavor ice cream does Michael Brody
request while in the hospital?

Bonus round: Scars!

39. What kind of shark scraped Hooper’s leg as he was taking samples?

40. What kind of shark scarred Quint’s leg with a flick of it’s tail?

41. What creature bit Hooper in the arm, right through his wet suit?

42. What scar does Brody notice on Quint’s arm?

JAWS Trivia

Trivia provided by: The Internet Movie Database:

  • Sterling Hayden was the original choice for the role of Quint. Hayden, however, was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid tax. All Hayden’s income from acting was subject to a levy by the IRS, so there was an attempt to circumvent that: Hayden was also a writer, so one idea was to pay him union scale for his acting, and buy a story from him (his literary income wasn’t subject to levy) for a large sum. It was concluded that the IRS would see through this scheme, so Robert Shaw was cast instead.
  • Quint’s tale of the USS Indianapolis was written by Shaw following a disagreement between screenwriters Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Shaw presented his text, and Benchley and Gottlieb agreed that this was exactly what was needed.
  • The live shark footage was shot at Seal Rocks, Australia. A real white pointer was cut up and “extended” for the close-up shots.
  • A midget in a miniature cage and a real shark were used to get some shots correct.
  • Susan Backlinie (Chrissie) was experiencing real pain during her attack scene at the beginning of the film. She was attached to straps and divers underneath pulled too hard.
  • Apparently, technicians lost control of one of the mechanical sharks, and it was lost at sea.
  • During the filming of some scenes, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Shaw had to look in amazement off camera at a non-existant shark.
  • Preview audiences screamed when the head of a shark victim appears in the hole in the bottom of the boat. Director Steven Spielberg re-shot the scene in editor Field, Verna’s swimming pool because he wanted them to “scream louder”.
  • A real shooting star can be seen during a shot of the boat on the water at dusk.
  • Video version is missing some scenes:
  • Hooper describing an obscene phonecall he made, while cutting open the shark.
    Quint humiliating a young clarinet player as he buys piano wire.

  • Author Peter Benchley was thrown off the set after objecting to the climax.
  • Steven Spielberg was the voice on Quint’s marine radio when Mrs. Brody tries to contact her husband on the Orca.

Trivia provided by: Pascal L’ Heureux:

  • The first shark killed on the docks which is supposed to be the “maneater” in the movie is actually a real shark killed in Florida because there wasn’t a big enough one in Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Brody’s dog in the movie was actually Spielberg’s real dog.
  • On the last day of shooting, Spielberg wore nice clothes to make sure he wouldn’t be thrown in the water by the crew.

Trivia provided by: Mitchell L. Boone:

  • The mechanical shark used in JAWS (the original film anyway) was nicknamed “Bruce” by its “handlers” and the “full body” version tours around museums, while “Bruce II” resides at the Universal Theme Parks and “bites at” tourists on the tour ride.
  • Also, the shark spent MOST of the movie broken-down, and was unavailable for certain shots. This led Steven to “use” the camera as the “shark”, and film from the sharks’ perspective. They think this added to the “chilling/haunting” quality in the final release. Many critics/movie-goers/and actors/crew think it would have made it too “cheesy” had they shown the shark as much as originally planned.

Trivia provided by: James Burger:

  • Susan Backlinie (Chrissie) is actually a stunt woman, not an actress, and her underwater scenes in the JAWS opener were actually filmed during the day while she was in the buff.
  • The original scene with Alex Kintner’s death was so scary that it had to be cut due to the fact that it might scare people to death and they would not be able to give JAWS a PG rating but an R instead. The scene called for a doll of Alex to be floating among the bathers, then the shark would jump out of the water.
  • Robert Shaw was also in trouble from the IRS and had to flee the country once his scenes were completed.
  • When Robert Shaw first attempted to do the Indianapolis scene, he was drunk as a skunk and was only able to complete one line; then he started talking about his family and other stuff. He was so embarassed that he asked Spielberg if he would let him do it again the next day. Spielberg said yes and Shaw did it in one take.
  • If you look hard enough when Quint is being eaten, you can notice the rubber teeth bending at Quint’s waist.
  • When Roy Scheider was trapped in the sinking Orca, it took 75 takes to get the shot right. Roy did not trust the special effects team to rescue him in case of an emergency so he hid axes and hatches around the cabin just in case.
  • There were two 300lb weights attached to Susan Backlinie which were being tugged by two sets of crewmen on shore. One set would pull right, and the other set would pull left. It took three days to film that sequence.
  • When the shark was built, it was never water tested therefore when it was put in the water at Martha’s Vineyard, it sunk straight to the ocean floor. It took a team of divers to retrieve it from the floor.
  • The scenes missing from the video were not in the original picture. They were seen in later features of JAWS when the movie was first televised. They needed fillers during editing for TV so they used that footage.
  • Robert Shaw could not stand Richard Dreyfuss and they argued all the time, which resulted in some good tension between Hooperand Quint.
  • If you pay attention to the barrels in the film, you will notice that they are not consistent numerically due to errors in editing.
  • If you pay close attention to one of the windows in the building behind Brody after he leaves the hardware store, you will notice a bystander sticking her head up and taking pictures of Roy Scheider as he is doing his lines.

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