The Tragic True Life Story of Jaws: The Revenge’s Thea Brody

judith barsi

Now I think we can all agree that Jaws: The Revenge is a horrifically bad film. For this alone it has gained cult status among fans, and is categorised by many in the ‘so bad it’s good’ column.

The most tragic element to this film though, is the death of Judith Barsi just a year after it was released, in a double murder suicide from her father Jozsef, who also killed her mother.

Barsi’s career looked set to go on to a whole new level following Revenge, as she had already supplied her voice to classics All Dogs go to Heaven and The Land Before Time.

Sadly Judith was abused by her father, who began drinking heavily, unable to share in her success. He regularly threatened to kill himself, and after Judith and her mother tried to leave the country he shot her on 25th July 1988 and her mother Maria before shooting himself in their garage.

On what is Jaws: The Revenge’s 30th anniversary, we will reflect on Judith’s contribution to the franchise and wonder what heights she may have gone on to have achieved.

She was involved in one of the most talked about scenes in the series; the banana boat attack in the Bahamas, as one of the mum’s pulls her out of the sharks way and another lady is killed instead.

Amongst the craziness of the film and the erratic and slightly unhinged performance of Lorraine Gary, Judith provided some light relief to what was the most violent Jaws.

R.I.P Judith Barsi (1978-1988)


  1. Revenge has “cult status”? According to who? There is no “cult” surrounding this embarrassment unless one person, the author of this article, counts.


    • ‘Revenge’ definitely has some cult status. I was at a midnight screening of it this past summer and it was packed with people having a blast watching it.

      It’s a terrible movie, an exceptionally terrible movie at that, but that’s sort of what makes it amazing!

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