Differences Between Jaws the Book and the Film

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Duh-DUM Duh-DUM Duh-DUM….. I love the movie Jaws. I remember when I first saw it at a young age. I was terrified. I still dont like to go into the water. I just finshed the book today and boy-oh-boy what a difference between the book and the movie. 

Jaws is one of the most well known movies of all time, right down to the iconic theme music composed by John Williams. However, there are likely plenty among general audiences out there who don’t know that the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg was based on a book by Peter Benchley. The book is also called Jaws, but there are quite a few differences between the book and what ended up on the big screen.

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In The Book In The Movie

Chief Brody’s wife has an affair with Hooper.

This doesn’t happen.

Hooper goes into the shark cage to attempt to kill the shark with a boom stick.                             

He wants to use a hypodermic needle to inject the fish with strychnine.                                        

Jaws crushes Hooper’s cage and kills him.

Jaws attempts to crush the cage and gets stuck in it’s remains allowing Hooper to escape and live.

Quint harpoons the shark and then gets his foot tangled in some lines and is pulled under the      water to his death.                                                

Jaws attacks the boat and Quint falls down into his mouth and is eaten.                                             

Each day Body, Quint and Hooper return to shore to try again the next day to kill the shark.

They stay out on the water without returning.

fter being harpooned three times by Quint, Jaws is bearing down on Brody. He waits for certain death, but before the shark can get to him it dies from it’s wound.s

Brody shoves a scuba tank into Jaws’ mouth as it is attempting to kill him. He takes Quint’s rifle and shoots the scuba tank causing an explosion that obliterates the shark.

Mayor Vaughn owes money to the Mafia, who      pressure him to keep the beaches open to keep    real estate prices high.                                          

This isn’t mentioned.                                                  

Deputy Hendricks finds the shark’s tooth in Ben Gardner’s boat and presents it to the mayor.

Matt Hooper finds the tooth while scuba diving in Ben Gardner’s boat, but he looses it when he finds Gardner’s corpse and becomes frightened.

The shark kills an old man shortly after it kills. Alex Kintner                                                           

This doesn’t happen.                                                 

Quint uses other sharks and a dolphin and it’s fetus as bait for the shark.

This doesn’t happen instead he used fish guts.

Martin and Ellen have three sons Billy, Martin Jr. And Shawn.

Martin and Ellen have two sons Michael and Shawn.

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3 thoughts on “Differences Between Jaws the Book and the Film

  1. I love the film Jaws as well, its brilliant The underwater bit where they go down and look at the sunken boat…. well, that bit still always makes me jump LOL! I’ve read the book as well and was surprised how different it was too.

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    1. Awesome…. I still jump at that part too… I know it’s coming but it’s one of those scenes that still gets me. I finished the book yesterday and watched Jaws right after… I had heard it was different. I like the movie better but I wonder how it would have been if they kept it just like the book

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      1. Its often the way, lots of changes are made when they adapt a book for a film. Often for timing reasons scenes or whole plot lines are cut. I think Jaws is a brilliant film as well, but I think I’m gad they made the changes they did, as it would’ve been a very different film I think character wise. If you enjoyed reading Jaws you might enjoy Beast by Peter Benchley as well, its about a giant squid that attacks in a similar way to the story in Jaws. It was a quite a good book as well 🙂

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