Top 24 Jaws Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Jaws facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Jaws film message.

In the movie 'Jaws' (1975), Roy Scheider's character, while researching sharks, flips through a book showing one with an oxygen tank in it's mouth. This is foreshadowing how 'Bruce' is ultimately destroyed.
In the movie 'Jaws' (1975), Roy Scheider's character, while researching sharks, flips through a book showing one with an oxygen tank in it's mouth. This is foreshadowing how 'Bruce' is ultimately destroyed.
You can see a barrel from the original film outside Brody's house being used as a plant pot. After the Orca sank, Brody & Hooper used a couple of barrels to swim back to shore.
You can see a barrel from the original film outside Brody's house being used as a plant pot. After the Orca sank, Brody & Hooper used a couple of barrels to swim back to shore.

Jaws Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Tonight with my son and saw a shooting star in the background when Chief Brody was loading his gun. Steven Spielberg said this was completely a coincidence and not an optical effect.

  2. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the killer shark is named Bruce and this was the nickname of the 3 mechanical sharks used on the set, nickname explicitly given by the director in reference to the name of a different type of shark; his lawyer, Bruce Ramer.

Jaws Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • You can spot a meteor/UFO in the background. Spielberg followed up Jaws with Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • 1 - Chief Brody has a full plate of food due to his nausea/sea sickness and fear of the ocean
    Chief Brody has a full plate of food due to his nausea/sea sickness and fear of the ocean
  • 1 - Shark hunter Quint uses a boat named "Orca". In the wild, Orcas, AKA killer whales, have long been known to be hunters and killers of sharks.
    Shark hunter Quint uses a boat named "Orca". In the wild, Orcas, AKA killer whales, have long been known to be hunters and killers of sharks.

Jaws Hidden Details

1 - : The boat in which the main characters set out to hunt and kill the shark is called 'Orca'. Orcas, or killer whales, are known to hunt and kill great white sharks in nature.
: The boat in which the main characters set out to hunt and kill the shark is called 'Orca'. Orcas, or killer whales, are known to hunt and kill great white sharks in nature.
1 - When Chief Brody is looking at a book of sharks, on one page a shark is seen with a tank in its mouth, foreshadowing how the Great White will later die.
When Chief Brody is looking at a book of sharks, on one page a shark is seen with a tank in its mouth, foreshadowing how the Great White will later die.

John Williams didn't want to use the "shark" theme to celebrate a red herring, so the two-note theme is notably absent from the scene where two children prank the beach with a cardboard fin.

1 - Chief Brody's assistant mentions complaints about the Karate school. The nine year old students have been "karate-ing" the picket fences around town. In the next scene Brody is walking to the medical examiner's office and broken fences can be see in the background. 5 are pictured below!
Chief Brody's assistant mentions complaints about the Karate school. The nine year old students have been "karate-ing" the picket fences around town. In the next scene Brody is walking to the medical examiner's office and broken fences can be see in the background. 5 are pictured below!
1 - Chief Brody refuses to head out into the water despite the chaos of everyone rushing in. He notices he's in the water, then quickly steps back out, which relates to his fear of water and drowning that was established earlier in the film.
Chief Brody refuses to head out into the water despite the chaos of everyone rushing in. He notices he's in the water, then quickly steps back out, which relates to his fear of water and drowning that was established earlier in the film.
1 - After the first victim's body is found, her boyfriend is shown drinking alka seltzer in Brody's office in order to combat the nausea of the sight.
After the first victim's body is found, her boyfriend is shown drinking alka seltzer in Brody's office in order to combat the nausea of the sight.

Quint is the shark's fifth victim. In Latin, the word "quintus" means "fifth".

Hooper intentionally and repeatedly ignores his modern shark-killing equipment in favor of Quint's traditional methods

1 - In "Jaws" the film crew manages to film an actual shooting star. Could be the oldest ever filmed?
In "Jaws" the film crew manages to film an actual shooting star. Could be the oldest ever filmed?

Chief Brody has a scar on his abdomen, but chooses not to discuss it with Quint and Hooper.

Before Hooper goes in the water to look at Ben Gardner's boat, he begins breathing rapidly, a technique used by professional free-divers to hold their breath for longer amounts of time.

Spielberg Also References a "Rear Window" Shot to Convey Sheriff Brody's Helplessness.

Alex Kintner is killed on the 30th anniversary of Quint's character-defining experience on the USS Indianapolis

Contains a nod to his earlier film Duel (1971). Jaws' death scene and the final scene in Duel use a sound clip from a 1957 Dinosaur movie called The Land Unknown

: Chief Brody's secretary tells him residents have been complaining about kids "karate-ing" picket fences around Amity Island. A broken fence is visible in the next scene.

Just noticed this. Sorry if it's been posted before.

Jaws poster
Jaws poster

Jaws Plot

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Jaws. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Adventure, Thriller
Director Steven Spielberg
Stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
IMDB score 8.0