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#31. Amity Island. Before first shark attack on Chrissy, most of Chief Brody's problems included strangers from Connecticut parking too closely to someone's garbage cans. Besides the deadly shark attacks, Amity Island looks like a swell place to live as long as you keep to the private pools. I believe that the real filming location is Martha's Vineyard. Very good filming location indeed.
#29. The attack on Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) was absolutely terrifying. The actress managed to truly convey the horror of the situation. The scene had to be reshot several times because the actress knew of and could see what was happening. After several failed shots, Director Steven Spielberg made the wise decision to have divers grab the actress' legs and pull her under without her knowing when or how it would occur. The proof is in the pudding. The final scene is a genuine reaction and...movie magic.
#28. This look. Deputy Hendrick's (Jeffrey Kramer) reaction to seeing the remains of Chrissie Watkins. This one more reason why this film is so incredible-- every actor on this set just nailed it. Every single one. The deputy's look of horror sets the tone of what's to come.
I've gotta batten down the beach.
[Deputy Hendrick to Mayor Larry]
#27. Polly. Martin Brody's secretary Polly was a another great background character who managed to fill up the scene that she was in. In one scene Polly was able to convey that she didn't know how to file properly and didn't want to find all of the water activities planned for the day. In other words, she was a terrible secretary with nice handwriting.
The 9 year olds have been karating the picket fences.
[Polly to Chief Brody]
#26. The sad foreboding scene between little Alex Kintner and his loving mother. Mrs. Kintner didn't want Alex to go back into the water, but he wanted to stay out a little longer. Unfortunately for Alex he didn't come back. Alex's demise and poor Mrs. Kintner's devastation after losing her son in such a horrific way was just heartbreaking. Yet another reason why 'Jaws' wasn't your average horror film.
Just 10 more minutes.
[Mrs. Kinter to Alex Kinter.]
#25. Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) was the strong, loving, intelligent wife of Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider). Despite playing the "wife," she was never a caricature or a damsel in distress. She reprised her role in 'Jaws 2,' as a busy working mother--perhaps a sign of the times. She reprised her role again in 'Jaws 4: The Revenge,' this time as the main protagonist. Yes, the crazy sequel set in the Bahamas.
When will I get to become an Islander?
[Ellen Brody to Mrs. Taft]
#24. This impressive panoramic scene of Chief Brody nervously watching the beach. This is the type of scene that Spielberg excels at.
That's some bad hat Harry.
[In response to old man Harry telling the Chief that everyone knows he won't go in the water.]
#23. This scene. I'm not a fan of looking at an old man's pimply back, but it's such a great shot because it illustrates Martin's increasing paranoia.
Marty I know you gotta lot of problems downtown...
[Mr. Taft to Chief Brody]
#22. Mrs. Taft (Fritzi Jane Courtney) wasn't originally credited in the film, but she has since been credited perhaps because of her brief, but memorable scenes in 'Jaws.' To Spielberg's great credit, he always allows background actors to shine with a few well placed lines. Whether Mrs. Taft was complaining to Chief Brody about the possibility of closing the beaches or explaining to Ellen Brody that she will never be an "islander" because she wasn't born on the Amity Island, Mrs. Taft stole the show.
Are you going to close the beaches?
[Mrs. Taft to Chief Brody]
Lil shakin', tenderizing, down you go.
[Quint to the Town Council]
#20. Richard Dreyfuss' nuanced performance during the autopsy. When the Amity Island coroner first examined poor Chrissy Watkins' body, he determined that she had died of a shark attack. After succumbing to pressure from the Mayor and the Town Council, the coroner changed his findings to a "boating accident." You can feel Hooper's disgust at the incompetence and corruption of the town leaders.
This was no boat accident.
[Matt Hooper to the Amity Island Coroner]
#19. Mrs. Kintner (Lee Fierro) confronts Chief Brody that he knew that a shark had killed someone the week before, and yet he continued to allow people to go swimming. Mrs. Kinter should have given the Mayor a slap too, as he was the one who overruled Martin, but Martin had some responsibility in the matter. So perhaps the slap was deserved. It was one of those scenes in which you felt sympathetic for both characters,
I just found out that a girl got killed...and you knew it.
[Mrs. Kintner to Chief Brody]
#18. Martin's young son mimicking his father as a way to try to cheer him up. Martin is getting drunk in the dining room after being slapped and confronted by an angry Mrs. Kintner. Spielberg has always been a director who works well with children.
My husband tells me you're in sharks.
[Ellen Brody to Matt Hooper]
#16. The vandals who modified Amity Island's welcome sign to include the shark. This was a pinnacle scene in which Hooper and Brody do their best to try to convince Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) to close the beaches. There is another great bit of dialogue from Hooper just before he descends into hysterical laughter at Mayor Vaughn's stubborn insistence that the beaches stay open despite the danger to the public.
It is a perfect engine. An eating machine.
[Matt Hooper to Mayor Vaughn]
...A cloud in the shape of a killer shark.
[Reporter to camera]
#14. Smarmy Mayor Vaughn giving an interview claiming that a shark "supposedly injured some bathers" is just too much to bear. Vaughn's delusional nature and greed make him the true villain of this film.
Amity, as you know means friendship.
[Mayor Vaughn to the reporter]
#11. Quint's lair is so awesome. Hooper has the same look of amazement on his face when he walks into Quint's workshop that we all do. It looks like something out of the novel Moby Dick.
#10. The tension between Hooper and Quint is the best part of the latter half of the film. Hooper is a wealthy young kid from the Oceanographic Institute who sails with the America's Cup in his spare time. Quint is a hard drinking, foul mouthed sailor. They seem to be world's apart, but their relationship eventually warms during their expedition. The Hooper/Quint relationship eventually changes from one of mutual disdain to mutual respect. They are both "men of the ocean" so to speak.
You've been cutting money all your life.
[Quint to Hooper]
#9. Chief Brody telling Ellen not to mess with the fireplace while he's away. This is one of the great things about Spielberg films-- the dialogue. Admittedly it can border on the cheesy, but sometimes the dialogue feels so sincere and realistic. This is the kind of conversation spouses would likely have with each other.
Tell them I'm going fishing.
[Martin to Ellen]
Here lies the body of Mary Lee...
[Quint to...everyone]#7. The drinking competition between Quint and Hooper. Quint is crushing a beer can with his hands, whereas Hooper is squishing a paper cup.
I don't know if he's very smart or very dumb.
[Quint telling Brody about the shark]
#5. When Quint dressed Hooper down again, Hooper retaliated the only way he could.
You don't have the education to admit when you're wrong.
[Quint to Hooper]
#4. The scene in which Quint and Hooper are comparing their scars in the galley is a wonderful scene. This scene sets up what is (in my opinion) the best scene in the film, Quint's monologue about his harrowing experience on the doomed U.S.S. Indianapolis. But the scene that I'm referencing is when Quint tells Hooper how he received an arm wrestling injury celebrating his 3rd wife's demise (or as he says it "demeeeeese.").
...Celebrating my 3rd wife's demise.
[Quint to Hooper]
#3. This shot with Quint on the widow's peak.
#2. The reflection of Chief Brody looking at Jaws through the window. What a beautiful scene.
#1. The sinking of the Orca is just epic. In fact, it's so iconic it's been made into a poster. You could probably show this one scene and people would still know who film this is from. You have to give it to Spielberg, he really knows how to frame a shot.