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Garbled and unintelligible lines


Loved Jaws my whole life. One of the distinguishing features that's always tickled me, that I'm certain was a stylistic choice, is the amount of garbled or unintelligible lines of dialogue there are.

Sometimes they are caused by overlapping dialogue, walkie-talkies, the mannerisms or emotion in the delivery, the intentional sound design and mixing, or just the accents.

Obviously the opening scene sets the trend. You could just assume that Chrissie is not really verbalising but if you listen closely (and spend forty odd years leaning in to the speaker and spending lots of money on ever improving home video releases) you can just about tell that she's saying actual lines like "Oh God it hurts."

Other notable instances are :

Hooper's pretzel stuff mouth during the night-time discover of Ben Gardner's boat. "You don't say. Wanna pretzel?"

Another favourite of mine is the one right after Quint and Hooper try to snag the first barrel and tie it on, but the shark leaps out causing them to lose it. Quint says "Haul in the line or it'll foul us." It took me decades to pin that one down.

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I still can't figure out what Mrs Taft is saying in the shot of her swimming with another lady in the 4 July scene.

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When Ellen asks her "when do I become an islander?"
And Mrs Taft's response ('Never! You're not born here, you're not an islander.')

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No. When she's in the water on 4th July.

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It's took decades??? Not me...it took one night watching a Blu Ray with sub titles on....😂😂

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Been enjoying Jaws for decades before DVD came along.

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Well so have I but I never put any study into the lines until I turned on my closed captioning....lol

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Study? Whatever.

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It took you decades man.....that's research....

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Nope. Just watching the movie for decades, like you have, and wondering what the dialogue is that I'm hearing.

What you're claiming the is that you didn't wonder or care what the dialogue was for decades until you took the time to "study" the closed captions.

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One of the touches I enjoy most about movies of that era, characters tended to be doing their own thing or interacting realistically rather than standing around waiting for their turn to talk.

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Yep. It's probably at its peak in CE3K.

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I always had a little trouble deciphering some of the things that were said in this scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n106G5_xlk

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The ice cream man took the rest.

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Farewell and adieu my wee Spanish lady.

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Something about putting Hooper through the little round window on the side!

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