- Directed by: Steven Spielberg. Written by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb, based on the novel by Peter Benchley.
Chief Martin Brody
- "Slow ahead." I can go slow ahead. Come on down here and chum some of this shit. [the shark suddenly appears, causing Brody to recoil in shock] You're gonna need a bigger boat.
- Note: the bolded line is ranked #35 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- [about to kill the shark] Smile, you son-of-a-- [shoots gun and shark explodes]
- [about Mayor Vaughn] I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch.
- Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow ya whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back the tourists, that'll put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant! I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing..
Mayor Larry Vaughn
- I don't think you appreciate the gut reaction people have to these things...Martin, It's all psychological. You yell 'Barracuda,' everybody says 'Huh? What?' You yell 'Shark,' we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.
- This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of half-assed autopsy on a fish. And I'm not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and have that little Kitner boy spill out all over the dock.
- Mayor Vaughn: We're really a little anxious that you're, ah, you're rushing into something serious here. It's your first summer, you know.
- Chief Brody: What does that mean?
- Mayor Vaughn: I'm only trying to say that Amity is a summer town. We need summer dollars. If people can't swim here, they'll be glad to swim in the beaches of Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Long Island.
- Chief Brody: That doesn't mean we have to serve them up a smorgasbord.
- Mayor's Assistant: We've never had that kind of trouble in these waters.
- Mrs. Kintner: Chief Brody?
- Chief Brody: Yes?
- [Mrs. Kintner slaps Brody and sobs]
- Mrs. Kintner: I just found out, that a girl got killed here last week, and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! You knew it was dangerous! But you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things! But still my boy is dead now. And there's nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that.
- [Mrs. Kintner walks away]
- Mayor Vaughn: I'm sorry, Martin. She's wrong.
- Chief Brody: No, she's not.
- Hooper: Mr. Vaughn, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks, and that's all. Now, why don't you take a long, close look at this sign. [refers to the graffitied billboard] Those proportions are correct.
- Mayor Vaughn: Love to prove that, wouldn't ya? Get your name into the National Geographic.
- Ellen: Martin hates boats. Martin hates water. Martin - Martin sits in his car when we go on the ferry to the mainland. I guess it's a childhood thing. It's a - there's a clinical name for it, isn't there?
- Chief Brody: Drowning! Isn't it true that most people are attacked by sharks in three feet of water and about ten feet from the beach.
- Hooper: Yes, that's true.
- Chief Brody: Now this shark that, that swims alone...
- Hooper: A rogue.
- Chief Brody: Rogue, yeah, now this guy, he - he keeps swimming around in a place where the feeding is good until the food supply is gone, right?
- Hooper: It's called Territoriality. That's the theory...A theory I happen to agree with.
- Chief Brody: Then why don't we have one more drink and go down and cut that shark open.
- Ellen: Martin? Can you do that?
- Chief Brody: I can do anything. I'm the chief of police.
- Quint: I'm not talkin' about pleasure boatin' or day sailin'. I'm talkin' about workin' for a livin'. I'm talkin' about sharkin'.
- Hooper: Well I'm not talkin' about hookin' some poor dog fish or sand shark. I'm talkin' about findin' a Great White.
- Quint: You've got city boy hands, Hooper. You been countin' money all your life.
- Hooper: All right, hey, I don't need this. I don't need this working-class-hero crap.
- Quint: Maybe I should go alone.
- Quint: [seeing Hooper's equipment] What are you? Some kind of half-assed astronaut? [examining the shark cage] Jesus H Christ, when I was a boy, every little squirt wanted to be a harpooner or a sword fisherman. What d'ya have there - a portable shower or a monkey cage?
- Hooper: Anti-shark cage.
- Quint: Anti-shark cage. You go inside the cage? Cage goes in the water? You go in the water? Shark's in the water? Our shark? [singing] Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again.
- Chief Brody: [pointing at Quint's tattoo scar] What's that one?
- Quint: What?
- Chief Brody: That one, there, on your arm.
- Quint: Oh, that's a tattoo. I got that removed.
- Hooper: No, Don't tell me. Don't tell me. Mother! [laughs]
- Quint: Mr. Hooper, that's the U.S.S. Indianapolis.
- [Hooper's face drops]
- Hooper: You were on the Indianapolis?
- Chief Brody: What happened?
- Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte - just delivered the bomb, the Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about half an hour - a tiger - thirteen footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin'. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like that you see in the calendar named 'The Battle of Waterloo.' And the idea was, the shark comes to the nearest man and he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin'. Sometimes the shark go away. Sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into ya, right into your eyes. Y'know, the thing about a shark, he's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes after ya, he doesn't seem to be livin' until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white, and then - aww, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin', the ocean turns red, and in spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and rip ya to pieces. You know, by the end of that first dawn, we lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I don't know how many men. They averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us. He was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later, a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know, that was the time I was most frightened - waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a life jacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.
- Chief Brody: [swimming back to shore] Hey, what day is this?
- Hooper: It's Wednesday...eh, is Tuesday, I think.
- Chief Brody: Think the tide is with us.
- Hooper: Keep kickin'.
- Chief Brody: I used to hate the water.
- Hooper: I can't imagine why.
- Don't go in the water.
- The terrifying motion picture from the terrifying No. 1 best seller.
- When beaches open this summer, you will be taken by Jaws.
- She was the first.
- Do you like fish? Well, he likes you too...
- See it before you go swimming.
- You'll never go in the water again!
- Roy Scheider - Police Chief Martin Brody
- Robert Shaw - Quint
- Richard Dreyfuss - Matt Hooper
- Lorraine Gary - Ellen Brody
- Murray Hamilton - Mayor Larry Vaughn
- Carl Gottlieb - Ben Meadows
- Jeffrey Kramer - Deputy Leonard 'Lenny' Hendricks
- Lee Fierro - Mrs. Kintner