Ellen Brody
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Ellen Brody (Character)
from Jaws (1975)

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Jaws (1975)
Brody: Is it true that most people get attacked by sharks in three feet of water about ten feet from the beach?
Hooper: Yeah.
Brody: And that... and that before people started to swim for recreation - I mean before sharks knew what they were missing - that a lot of these attacks weren't reported?
Hooper: That's right.
Brody: Now this shark that... that... that swims alone...
Hooper: Rogue.
Brody: What's it called?
Hooper, Brody: [together] Rogue.
Brody: Rogue, yeah. Now this guy, he... he keeps swimmin' around in a place where the feeding is good until the food supply is gone, right?
Hooper: It's called "territoriality". It's just a theory that I happen to... agree with.
Brody: Then why don't we have one more drink and go down and cut that shark open?
Ellen Brody: Martin? Can you do that?
Brody: I can do anything; I'm the chief of police.

Ellen Brody: [to Chief Brody] You told me the shark was caught. And I, I heard it on the news... I heard it on the Cape station.
Hooper: They caught A shark, not THE shark. Big difference. Not the shark that killed Chrissie Watkins... and probably not the shark that killed the little boy... which I wanted to prove today, by cutting the shark open...
[sees the Chief pouring the wine he brought]
Hooper: you know, you oughta let that breathe a little
[sees the massive glass the Chief has poured]
Hooper: - nothing, nothing!

Ellen Brody: [upon meeting Matt Hooper] My husband tells me you're in sharks.

Ellen Brody: Martin hates boats. Martin hates water. Martin... Martin sits in his car when we go on the ferry to the mainland. I guess it's a childhood thing. It's a... there's a clinical name for it isn't there?
Brody: Drowning.

Ellen Brody: Wanna get drunk and fool around?
Brody: Oh Yeah.

Ellen Brody: You see the kids?
Brody: [looking out the window] They must be in the back yard.
Ellen Brody: In Amity, you say "yahd".
Brody: [starting out of the bedroom, speaking with a bad New-England accent] They're in the "yahd", not too "fah" from the "cah".
[looks back at Ellen]
Brody: How's that?
Ellen Brody: Like you're from New York.

[Brody sees his son sitting in a small skiff, and yells for him to get out of it]
Ellen Brody: Martin, it's his birthday tomorrow!
Brody: I don't want him out on the water!
Ellen Brody: He is not out on the water, he is in a boat! He's not going to go in the water! I don't think he'll ever go in again after what happened yesterday.
Brody: Now don't say that. You know I don't want that. I just want him to read the boating regulations, make sure he understands before he takes it out...
[while he talks, Ellen flips through the book on sharks he has been reading, and sees an old painting of a shark ramming a hole into the bottom of rowboat's hull]
Ellen Brody: [slams the book shut] Michael! Did you hear your father? Out of the water now! NOW!

Ellen Brody: I just want to know one thing - when do I get to become an islander?
Mrs. Taft: Ellen, never, never! You're not born here, you're not an islander, that's it.

Ellen Brody: What am I going to tell the kids?
Brody: Tell them I'm going fishing.

Quint: [on board the Orca] Sonuvabitch!
Ellen Brody: [on the dock] Quint?
Brody: Colorful, isn't he?

Jaws 2 (1978)
Mrs. Taft: Good morning. Selling some more of the good life?
Ellen Brody: Oh, yeah... Piece of this, piece of that - it all adds up.
Mrs. Taft: Your husband's been here all morning. What's he doing?
Ellen Brody: His job.

Ellen Brody: That's your third smoke already!
Martin Brody: With coffee...
Ellen Brody: Try a donut.

[after Brody has been fired]
Martin Brody: Maybe they're right... I'm tired... I'm tired... Too damn tired...
Ellen Brody: Too damn drunk. That's what you are, too damn drunk.

Ellen Brody: [at the hotel opening ceremony] Listen, do me a favour. Act as if you've been here the whole time.
Martin Brody: How do I do that?
Ellen Brody: Just look bored.

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Hoagie Newcombe: I have an irresistible urge to kiss you, Ellen Brody.
Ellen Brody: Why?
Hoagie Newcombe: Because... it would not occur to you why.

Ellen Brody: [to the shark] Come and get me, you son of a bitch!

Ellen Brody: I want you, to get out of the water.
Michael Brody: What?
Ellen Brody: I want you, to get out of that terrible job!
Michael Brody: C'mon Mom, you can't be serious.
Ellen Brody: Damn! I'm serious.

Michael Brody: Dad died of a heart attack!
Ellen Brody: No. He died from fear. The fear of it killed him.