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28 November 1995 (USA) See more »
Excellent and very detailed documentary on the making of a classic. Filled with appealing trivia, exhaustive interviews with cast and crew members... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Finally a making of documentary that deserves to be seen with the movie that it's based on! See more (5 total) »


Joe Alves ... Himself

Susan Backlinie ... Herself
Peter Benchley ... Himself

David Brown ... Himself

Bill Butler ... Himself

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself

Lorraine Gary ... Herself

Carl Gottlieb ... Himself
Ted Grossman ... Himself

Roy Scheider ... Himself

Sid Sheinberg ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Ron Taylor ... Himself
Valerie Taylor ... Herself
Dick Warlock ... Himself

John Williams ... Himself

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself

Robert Shaw ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Laurent Bouzereau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Laurent Bouzereau 

Produced by
Laurent Bouzereau .... producer
Cinematography by
Ron McCaine 
Yuval Shousterman 
Film Editing by
David Palmer 
Jeff Pickett 
Makeup Department
Michael F. Blake .... makeup artist
Gina G. Riggi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Colleen A. Benn .... executive in charge of production: Universal Studios Home Video
Marian Mansi .... production manager
Sound Department
David Martin .... image + sound
David Pliskin .... sound
Gary Woods .... sound
Visual Effects by
Phred Tinampay .... motion control camera
Camera and Electrical Department
Duff Campbell .... assistant camera
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Carl Barnes .... post production
Martin Cohen .... film to tape transfer
Lee Mansis .... on-line editor
Igor Ridanovic .... post production
Other crew
Steve Aaron .... crew: Bahamas
Steven Blewett .... representative: Univeral Pictures (as Steve Blewett)
Bruce Brown .... crew: Australia
Cirina Catania .... crew: Bahamas
Jeff Cava .... universal pictures editorial
Jim Chaparas .... representative: Univeral Pictures
Dick Collingridge .... crew: Australia
Bette Einbinder .... representative: Univeral Pictures
Michelle Fandetti .... amblin archivist
Walt Frazier .... crew: Bahamas
Monique Heighs .... crew: Australia
Greg Nicotero .... Jaws memorabilia
Larry Phillips .... facilities coordinator
Joe Alves .... special thanks
Dan Arden .... special thanks (as 'Movie Magic' Dan Arden)
Susan Backlinie .... special thanks
Peter Benchley .... special thanks
David Brown .... special thanks
Bill Butler .... special thanks
Martin Cohen .... special thanks
Richard Dreyfuss .... special thanks
Lorraine Gary .... special thanks
Carl Gottlieb .... special thanks
Ted Grossman .... special thanks
Kathleen Kennedy .... special thanks
Kristie Macosko Krieger .... special thanks (as Kristie Macosko)
Marvin Levy .... special thanks
Susan Ray .... special thanks
Roy Scheider .... special thanks
Sid Sheinberg .... special thanks
Steven Spielberg .... special thanks
Ron Taylor .... special thanks
Valerie Taylor .... special thanks
Dick Warlock .... special thanks (as Richard Warlock)
John Williams .... special thanks
Richard D. Zanuck .... special thanks

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Additional Details

125 min | 50 min (25th Anniversary Edition)

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The original cut of this documentary (clocking in at 125 minutes) is featured on the 1995 Laserdisc and the 2-disc 2005 '30th Anniversary' DVD for Jaws (1975).See more »
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Finally a making of documentary that deserves to be seen with the movie that it's based on!, 13 January 2005
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

The thing that I loved about The Making of Jaws was not the fact that the Special Edition DVD featured a shorter version of the documentary than the Special Edition VHS (both of which I own because I'm just a geek like that) but the fact that it covers every aspect of production from Peter Benchley's original conception of the story of Jaws all the way to the public reception of the completed film at the test viewings. Even the interviews are edited together smoothly, which is something that these making-of documentaries are notoriously bad at. It also goes into great detail about a wide variety of different topics, bringing back a surprising number of the original cast members. Even the girl who got eaten at the beginning of the film shows up here for an interview.

I tend to find it tiring when these supplemental features on DVDs spend a lot of time playing clips of the movie that you just finished watching, so it was nice that this documentary showed so much behind the scenes footage and outtakes, as well as explanations for why certain scenes were not put into the movie. Steven Spielberg gives some great insights into his methods of directing, and everyone has some great stories to tell about the problems that were encountered during production, particularly with the shark hardly ever working.

There's a part in this documentary where Spielberg talks about a time when he was genuinely concerned that the studio was going to send someone in to take over the project because he was taking so long during production, which really gives a lot of insight into how difficult film-making can be sometimes. Oh and you get to hear him cuss, too. I'd never seen that before. One of the most popular things that this movie spawned was not only the endless repetition of phrases like "Don't go in the water" and "You're going to need a bigger boat" is a tendency for people to make fun of the movie because the shark looked fake. But when you watch this documentary and see how much work went into making the shark look as real or fake as it did, it really makes you appreciate the movie more. Save your criticisms for the horrendous sequels.

One of the other things that I really liked about this documentary was that it showed footage of some of Steven Spielberg's home movies, evidently shot with a home video camera on the sets during production. It was pretty interesting to see footage that he shot that looks like it could have been shot by anyone. Strange to see that one of the greatest filmmakers alive shoots video just like anyone else. A few days ago I watched a supplemental documentary for The Day the Earth Stood Still called Making the Earth Stand Still and I was disappointed not only that it had nothing to do with making the Earth stand still but that it was such a poorly made documentary to accompany one of the best science fiction films ever made, so it was nice to see that the re-release of Jaws was fitted with a fitting documentary.

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