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13 Key Differences Between Jaws The Book And The Film
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Brody and his wife Ellen argue, Ellen missing the swanky life she had before marriage to Brody.

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Brody and his wife banter about Amity dialects, Ellen later suggesting they "get drunk and fool around."

Hooper is a well to do Ivy league egomaniac.

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Hooper is Richard Dreyfuss at his most charming.

Hooper and Ellen have an affair (he is the younger brother of a guy she once dated) including seedy liaisons in an out of town motel.

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Hooper and Ellen have a dinner with Brody and she embarrassingly asks him if he's "in sharks."

Deputy Hendricks pulls the shark tooth from Ben Gardner's dry-docked boat — he doesn't drop it.

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Matt Hooper pulls the shark tooth from Ben Gardner's sunken boat — oops!

Mayor Vaughn is under pressure from the mafia to keep the beaches open: the mob have invested in Amity real estate and want to keep the value sky high.

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Mayor Vaughn is under pressure from hoteliers, local businesses and his own greed to keep the beaches open.

Newspaper man Harry Meadows has a much bigger role, hushing up the shark attack, uncovering Mayor Vaughn's underworld connections and hiring Ichthyologist Matt Hooper.

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Newspaper man Harry Meadows is a bit part played by co-screenwriter Carl Gottlieb.

Brody tries to strangle Hooper on deck due to suspicions of affair.

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Brody edges out to the bow of the boat so that Hooper can take a picture.

Quint shoots beer cans on deck using a makeshift skeet launcher — taunts Hooper for not joining in.

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Quint crushes beer cans on deck and tosses them overboard — Hooper taunts him by crushing a Styrofoam coffee cup.

Quint uses illegally caught unborn dolphin as bait.

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Brody uses fish guts (chum) as bait.

The Orca comes home each night.

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The Orca stays on the seas.

Hooper is killed in the shark cage — hooray!

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Hooper escapes from the shark cage — hooray!

Quint is killed by drowning: he is dragged under water after harpooning the shark and his foot gets caught in the rope.

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Quint is killed by the shark eating him.

The shark dies by harpoon-inflicted wounds, just as he is about to chomp Brody.

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The shark by Brody shooting an air canister lodged in the creature's jaws.

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1 More on Hooper's Death
Not only is Hooper killed in the cage...Hooper is killed in the cage because Brody chooses to not try to save him - due to his suspicions of Hooper banging his wife. And as others have said, the book is a pile of donkey crap. More

Posted by shpaget on Wednesday July 2, 2014, 22:46

2 14 (That's 14) Key Differences...
Book: The F word Film: No the F word More

Posted by Litshttam on Tuesday September 4, 2012, 17:52

3 Both are classics??
I agree with Dan T. Davis, the book is utter crap. Jaws the film is one of the few examples where the film version surpasses the novel in almost every way! More

Posted by GrahamConnors on Tuesday September 4, 2012, 15:47

4 RE: both r classics
Often wondered about Quint throwing the knife in the transom...the camera 'just' lingers on it a beat TOO long. I KNOW Quint uses it at the end...it just seemed a tad too 'lingering'.... At WHAT point in the script-write WAS the air-tank going to be the way Bruce was killed? Was Benchley's ending EVER considered? More

Posted by glaive on Monday September 3, 2012, 15:19

5 both r classics
though i'd prefer the movie version...i've always wondered if they'd do a tv movie of the novel version...how it would play out on screen... but to have a believable affair, they gotta cast a VERY different looking Hooper..maybe closer to the book version..a blonde, athletic, square jawed marine biologist. More

Posted by Avengers12 on Monday September 3, 2012, 13:17

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You forgot one key difference: the book is utter bilge. More

Posted by DanTDavies on Monday September 3, 2012, 12:37

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