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Surprising Facts, Small Details, And Trivia Most People Don't Know About 'Jaws' 

Erin Maxwell
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On June 20, 1975, Steven Spielberg's high-art horror masterpiece Jaws made it big screen debut in theaters, introducing audiences to a whole new type of terror. As millions had second thoughts about going to the beach, Jaws gobbled up the box office take, and became the first bonafide summer blockbuster

Decades later and Jaws still has a few folks wary of the open water. People have been sharing their favorite Easter eggs, small details, memorable moments, and interesting trivia in appreciation of the mechanical monster. Here are a few of the more interesting tidbits about Spielberg's beloved Great White Shark, culled from Reddit film buffs and beyond. Vote up your favorite bits of trivia.

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The License Plate Has Been Around
The License Plate Has Be... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Surprising Facts, Small Details, And Trivia Most People Don't Know About 'Jaws'
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From Redditor u/spiral_divergence:

The license plate from Jaws (1975) is basically the A113 of shark movies. 

UPDATE:

Bonus: the original license plate from Jaws is a reference to the 1973 Bond film, Live and Let Die.

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Spielberg Had A Personal Hand In The Opening Scene
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According to Susan Backlinie, who played the first shark victim, the first jerk under the water was done by Steven Spielberg.  He had a cable that was attached to her stomach that let to an anchor, and he would pull the cable to simulate the shark attack. 

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The Novel's Author Makes A Cameo
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From Redditor u/poopiedoodie710:

The reporter in Jaws (1975) is a cameo by Peter Benchley, who wrote the Jaws novel and co-wrote the screenplay.

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Quint's Demise Is An Echo Of The 'Indianapolis' Tragedy

From Redditor u/gdrummer494:

During Quint’s story, the USS Indianapolis was hit with torpedoes and took 12 minutes to sink.

There’s a shot in the movie that shows three barrels coming towards the ship exactly like torpedoes before they disappear under the boat. Exactly 12 minutes later, Quint is bitten in half.

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