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Old 03-01-2004, 10:34 PM
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Quint in Jaws- where's he from?


I'm watching Jaws on Bravo for the 500th time, and it got me wondering, yet again, where the hell Quint is supposed to be from. I've never heard anyone else speak like that here in America, so I'm a little confused. He served in the Navy during WWII, so I'm assuming he was born here, but seriously, I can't place the accent. I've seen Robert Shaw (I think that's his name) in other movies, without the accent, so the accent was part of his character. Is it just a "sailor" accent?
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I always thought "New England sailor" when I heard him.
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I read somewhere (sorry, no cite) that Robert Shaw was imitating the accent of an old salt who either worked on the set at Martha’s Vineyard, or lived nearby.
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Old 03-02-2004, 03:27 PM
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I could be mistaken, but doesn't he have a line in the film where he says he was born and raised in Amity? Possibly somewhere around the "town meeting" scene? I know he has lines about how "you all know me...you know what I do", but I seem to recall him saying something about having lived there all his life.
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Old 03-02-2004, 03:49 PM
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I don't know if this is significant, but the song he was singing is the same tune as a Newfoundland folk song.
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It is just the result of an Irishman doing his best to sound like a New Englander.
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Lol! I was just searching the web for "Quint Jaws accent" and found I myself had answered it 2004. Except I was wrong. Shaw was from Lancashire.

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OK - as long as this has been bumped - what the hell was he always chewing on? Raw potato? Water chestnuts?
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OK - as long as this has been bumped - what the hell was he always chewing on? Raw potato? Water chestnuts?
The scenery.
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Well I suppose I lobbed that one over the plate, didn't I?
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I think they're crackers, saltines or round water crackers. He's tough enough that he eats them dry.
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The scenery.
Well played.
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I think they're crackers, saltines or round water crackers. He's tough enough that he eats them dry.
Hardtack?
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Hardtack?
Doubtful. I've made hardtack, and it's not the kind of thing you can just snack on without breaking your teeth. Plus you really can't buy it, and Quint doesn't seem like the kind of guy who spends the afternoon in his kitchen rolling out stiff dough then baking it twice.

But what do I know? After all, I never would have figured him for a music teacher.
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Plus you really can't buy it
You can. You just got to know they're called Ship's Biscuits these days.

You're right about the danger to teeth, though.

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You can. You just got to know they're called Ship's Biscuits these days.

You're right about the danger to teeth, though.
Noted. I should have said "you couldn't really buy it in 1975".
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Served in US Navy on USS Indianapolis which was sunk after delivering atomic bomb to the AF base in the pacific.
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Served in US Navy on USS Indianapolis which was sunk after delivering atomic bomb to the AF base in the pacific.
If you're answering the 16 year old question "where is Quint from?" then yes, we knew he served on the Indianapolis, since it's literally the best scene in the whole movie, and perhaps in all of film history.
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Y'all know him. He's an Eskimo, a real party animal. (Or is that the other guy?)
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Y'all know him. He's an Eskimo, a real party animal. (Or is that the other guy?)
You're likely thinking of Iceberg, Robert Mitchum's Jewish Eskimo surfer in RIDE THE WILD SURF.

Quint was born in Amity, kidnapped to the Orkneys where he acquired his accent, then returned to his birthplace like a salmon swimming to spawn. Fish fear him.

For an actual exotic accent, try Slim Pickens - from near Fresno CA. Yes, he's a ValGuy. (San Joaquin Valley.) Gag me with a pitchfork.
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