Ask Professor Popcorn: Jaws




Dear Harry,

To understand Hooper’s quote (1:47 in the above clip), you must first understand that Steven Speilberg’s first love is not motion pictures, but filthy jokes. This particular line alludes to the following classic chuckler: 

A sailor on a Navy ship had been out to sea for weeks, and was beginning to go through sex withdrawals. Fed up with the lack of sex, he asked one of his shipmates what he did when the pressure was too much to take.

“Well, there’s a barrel with a hole in it near the mop storage. When it gets to be too much for us, we use that.”

So the sailor went over to the barrel and decided to give it a go. Finding it was better than he’d expected, he began using it regularly, and his problems seemed to vanish.

After a couple of weeks, his commanding officer began to take notice, and said, “You seem to be a lot more relaxed. What’s your secret?”

The sailor, embarrassed to give a straight answer, simply said he’d been getting better rest.

“Well good, sailor. You’re going to need it,” replied the officer. “Today’s your turn in the barrel.”

So when Hooper says, “Your turn, Quint,” he’s referring to Quint’s time in the barrel, which is all Hooper can think about, even with a gigantic killer shark bearing down on the boat, because he’s lusted after Quint since he first laid eyes on him. Also, the day before, it was Hooper’s turn in the barrel, and Quint really let him have it, so Hooper is seeking a modicum of revenge.

Your picture pal,
Professor Popcorn

Hooper face


Have a burning film question for Professor Popcorn? Ask away in the comments section below!

14 thoughts on “Ask Professor Popcorn: Jaws

  1. This reminds me – I wanted to ask you – are you one of those people who keep your car keys above the sun visor instead of in your pocket like a normal human, enabling someone to easily steal your car?


  2. Pingback: Top 30 Jaws Quotes | Hard Ticket to Home Video

  3. Pingback: Schlocktoberfest XI – Day 17: Tremors 2: Aftershocks | Hard Ticket to Home Video

Got something to say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s