Take a Bite Out Of This: Behind the Scenes Facts About Jaws

The Movie Greatly Deviated From The Book


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Although the movie follows the primary plot points provided by the original novel, it also had some significant differences. In the book, Hooper was involved in an affair with Chief Brody’s wife, complicating the entire situation. Although this was included in the early screenplay drafts, it was eventually cut out from the film for various reasons.

In the book, the actual reason why Mayor Vaughn kept pushing the beach to stay open wasn’t due to the local business owners — it was because he was being pressured by the mafia and needed to maintain their real estate investments on the island.