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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Jaws 3 can be found here.

Mike Brody (Dennis Quaid) is working as a construction engineer at Seaworld, which has just installed an Undersea Kingdom exhibit, a set of four underwater tunnels that allow visitors to 'view the wonders of the deep without ever getting wet.' The complex has been built in SeaWorld's man-made lagoon, kept separate from the ocean by a steel gate. When the gate becomes compromised, a 10 foot Great White shark enters the park. Mike and his girlfriend, Dr Kathryn 'Kay' Morgan (Bess Armstrong), the senior biologist, try to capture the shark but it dies. Little do they know that the shark's 'mother', a 35-foot Great White, is also in the lagoon.

Jaws 3 is the third movie in the Jaws film series, preceded by Jaws (1975) and Jaws 2 (1978), both of which were based on characters created by American author Peter Benchley in his 1974 novel Jaws. The screenplay for Jaws 3 was written by American screenwriters Carl Gottlieb, Richard Matheson, and Guerdon Trueblood. It was followed by Jaws: The Revenge (1987).

Jaws 3 centers around Michael and Sean Brody, who are now grown up. Mike is working at SeaWorld (Florida) and Sean (John Putch) is attending college in landlocked Colorado because he 'hates the water.' The events in the first two movies are referenced as 'that shark attack...when we were kids in Amity.' It's also mentioned in passing that their parents still live in Amity.

Although the film was released five years after Jaws 2, there's no reference to how long it's been. Since Sean is graduating from college and was about 11 in Jaws 2, a fair guess would be 10-15 years.

Jaws 3 can be viewed alone, even if you haven't seen the first two movies. However, the first two movies are rated by viewers as being considerably more scary, plus they give some depth into Mike and Sean's experiences with sharks on Amity Island.

No way. Sharks do not form family units. In fact, newborn sharks risk being eaten by their own mothers if they don't skedaddle quickly.

The 'mother' shark breaks out of the filtration pipe, forcing Mike and Kay to hightail it back to the control room while Cindy and Sandy distract the shark. Meanwhile, the air pressure is restored to the tunnel in which the visitors are trapped, and they are able to escape. However, the shark turns her attention to the control room and smashes her way through the glass, flooding the room. Calvin (Louis Gossett Jr.) and his technician manage to escape. Mike and Kay, still in their SCUBA gear, put on their masks and don their respirators. Mike notices the remains of Philip FitzRoyce (Simon MacCorkindale), including one of his grenades, still hanging in the shark's mouth, so he uses a pole to pull the pin, blowing up the shark. Mike and Kay swim to the surface of the lagoon, and Kay signals to the dolphins. Cindy shows up, but Sandy is nowhere to be seen. Suddenly, Sandy leaps out of the water, assuring Kay that both of her both dolphins are safe and sound.

Jaws is considered THE benchmark shark attack movie but, following Jaws, there have been a number of similar movies. You may wish to take a look at ¡Tintorera! (1977), Cyclone (1978), L'ultimo squalo (The Last Shark) (1981), and Deep Blue Sea (1999). There is the Shark Attack series featuring Shark Attack (1999), Shark Attack 2 (2000), and Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002). More recently, there is Open Water (2003), The Reef (2010), Sharktopus (2010), Shark Night 3D (2011), and 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012).

To this date, the only official 3-D home video release was in Japan on Video Disc VHD. 3-D DVDs, though, are circulating on the grey market and all sites that support the grey market, including eBay.


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