Black SplatJaws (1975)

"Smile, you son of a bitch!"

Jaws - Brody shoots a great white shark

Description: Deadly suggestion made to a great white shark at the conclusion of Steven Spielberg’s famous fish film Jaws (1975).

After a huge shark terrorizes the New England community of Amity Island, Chief Police Brody (Roy Scheider) hires a boat named Orca to hunt and kill the sea-going beast.

In the film's climax, the great white rams the small craft, scuttles it and drags away the screaming body of Quint (Robert Shaw) a veteran shark hunter who earlier explained:

“The thing about a shark, it’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When it comes at you it doesn’t seem to be livin‘... Until he bites you, and those black eyes roll over white.”

Jaws - Quint slides to his death

As “Jaws” makes its last pass to collect another morsel of man, Brody stares down the barrel of rifle into the mouth of the attacking shark, says "Smile you son of a bitch!" and pulls the trigger. The bullet explodes a scuba oxygen canister that Brody had crammed into the shark's gaping maw.

The resulting explosion tears the shark to pieces and makes a marvelous meal for a horde of nearby seagulls that swoop in for the free eats. Then Brody and surviving shark expert, Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) slowly paddle their way back to the mainland.

Note: The "Jaws" franchise continued in the less than sensational sequels Jaws II (1978), Jaws III (1983), and Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987).

The myth of the “exploding” oxygen tank was debunked on Discovery Channel’s MYTHBUSTERS: JAWS SPECIAL (2005) after multiple test shots (with various caliber projectiles) produced no exploding tanks. The tanks did, however, forcibly fly all over the place as the escaping gases propelled the damaged canisters this way, and that.

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