As we celebrate America’s birthday today, let’s harken back to a film that remains the classic Summer July 4th picture, the legendary thriller Jaws. Since the summer of 1975, the film has remained a pop culture phenomenon to moviegoers the world over. Like two films in one — the first one on land when the inhabitants of Amity Island are forced to deal with a predator that’s slowly devouring its citizens one by one, to the three men (Chief Brody, Matt Hooper, and salty sea veteran Quint) going out to sea to try and catch the shark singlehandedly — Jaws is an absolute memorable classic of the history of the cinema.
So now, in the film’s chronological order, are 50 of the greatest quotes — highly memorable ones and some obscure ones, but all are benchmarks of the films dialogue and narrative. Some are purposely left out so you can add your favorites below. And “You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat” I’ll put right here, it’s one of the most oft-repeated lines of the film, and was ad-libbed by Roy Scheider. Also the centerpiece of the movie, the Indianapolis Speech, is not here either, as that’s an incredible monologue, and almost impossible to pull a quote from. This list could have been 100 quotes probably, but for that, “I’m gonna need a bigger column.”
Ellen Brody: “In Amity, you say “yahd”.”
Chief Brody: “Let Polly do the printing!”
Mayor Vaughn: “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.”
Harry: “We all know about you, Chief. You don’t go in the water at all, do you?”
Chief Brody: “That’s some bad hat Harry!”
Chairmember: “Is that $3,000 bounty on the shark in cash or check?”
Quint: “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 damned thing.”
Ellen Brody: “Michael, did you hear your father? Out of the boat now. Now!”
Jenwirder: “$3,000 buys an awful lot of roast.”
Hooper: “Can you tell me if there’s a good restaurant or hotel on the island?”
Fisherman: “Yeah, you walk straight ahead.”
Hooper: “Ha ha, they’re all gonna die!”
Hooper: “Do not smoke in here!”
Hooper: “Well this is not a boat accident! It wasn’t any propeller! It wasn’t any coral reef! And it wasn’t Jack the Ripper! It was a shark.”
Mayor Vaughn: “Now look fellas, let’s be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some sort of half ass autopsy on a fish. And I am not going to stand here and see that thing cut open, and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock!”
Hooper: “They caught A shark. Not THE shark.”
Chief Brody: “Why don’t we have one more drink and go down and cut that shark open.”
Ellen Brody: “Can you do that?”
Chief Brody: “I can do anything. I’m the chief of police.”
Hooper: “Do you want a pretzel?”
Hooper: “I pulled a tooth the size of a shot glass out of the wreck hull of a boat out there, and it was the tooth of a Great White.”
Mayor Vaughn: “And what did you say the name of this shark is?”
Hooper: “It’s a carcharodon carcharias. It’s a Great White!”
Hooper: “I think I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass.”
Mayor Vaughn: “Sick vandalism! That is a deliberate mutilation of a public service message. Now I want those little paint-happy bastards caught, and hung up by their Buster Browns!”
Hooper: “That’s it! Goodbye! I’m not going to waste my time arguing with a man who is lining up to be a hot lunch.”
Mayor Vaughn: “Nobody’s going IN!”
Mayor Vaughn: “Amity as you know, means friendship.”
Ellen Brody: “Michael’s in the pond.”
Mayor Vaughn: “My kids…were on that beach TOO!”
Quint: “Mr. Hooper, I’m not talkin’ about pleasure boatin’ or daily sailin’, I’m talkin’ about workin’ for a livin’, I’m talking about sharkin’!”
Hooper: “I don’t need this working class hero crap!”
Quint: “What are you, some kind of half-ass astronaut?”
Quint: “I see you got your rubbers, ha ha ha!”
Hooper: “You screw around with these tanks and they are going to blow up!”
Comment by Keifus~ — September 4, 2016 @ 4:41 pm
Malta 17.04.1987 23 ft caught off Fifla island …wow !
Comment by Tomasz Muzyka — April 18, 2017 @ 4:31 pm
On Zedge an app. of wallpapers, ringtones, and notification sounds, there is one of Quint saying this to Chief Brody:
Quint: “I’m talking about a Great White! Chief!”
That is neither in the theatrical movie nor when it had first aired on tv. But I do remember Quint saying that line.
There also are two sound bites of Chief Brody.
Both are over a two way radio.
Chief 1: “Amity Six?! This is Chief Brody! I’ll be there in six minutes!”
Chief 2: “Stay calm! Try using the grenade launcher! Over!”
Now those two I do not remember in JAWS or JAWS 2. Theatrical or tv.
Comment by Paul Duran — September 6, 2017 @ 3:21 pm
The scene Quint says of the taxidermy man actually goes like this:
Quint: “Hah! Hah! Haaahhh! The taxidermy man is gonna have a heart attack after he sees what I brung him! Ahh! Hah! Hah!”
The scene in the pilot house of the boat after Quint bashes the ship to shore radio with the wood club after Brody tried to call the coast guard, Quint hands the club to Brody.
Brody: “That’s great! (Smashes the club onto the counter.l That’s just great! (Smashes the club onto the counter again.) Now how are we going to radio out?! Huh?! (Points and shakes the club at Quint.) You’re certifiable Quint! (Still shaking the club at Quint.) You know that?! You’re certifiable!” (Still shaking the club at Quint.)
Quint: “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah yeah yeah!”
Brody: “But I’ll tell you this!……”
Hooper: “Boys! Oh! Boys! I think he’s coming back for his noon feeding!”
Quint: “Hook me up another barrel!”
Comment by Paul Duran — September 9, 2017 @ 3:05 am
Nope! It IS: â€œBack home, we got us a taxidermy man, heâ€™s gonna have a heart attack when he sees what I brung him! Ha ha haaaa!â€ As a Taxidermist, and JAWS fanatic, that line has stayed with me forever!!!
Comment by John Bellucci — September 14, 2017 @ 11:35 am
Big mistake man tells Brody cats are barking outside his house ????
Comment by Richard — July 13, 2022 @ 3:01 pm
I always thought Hooper said 30 footer and Quinn replied 35!
Comment by Lance — July 20, 2022 @ 6:25 am