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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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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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An edited-down version of this making-of (cut down by approx. 55 minutes) is featured on the Jaws (1975) DVD released in 2000.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
almost everything you always wanted to know about Jaws (but didn't think to ask), 22 August 2012
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Ever watch Jaws and think 'man, I can't believe how they build suspense with showing so little of the shark in the first third of the movie', or 'I wonder how John Williams got the theme that's so bad-ass', or 'was Robert Shaw really drunk as he looked?' These and more are answered in the most in-depth documentary done yet on the making of the seminal Spielberg blockbuster, the one that "changed movies" just by the sheer amount of money it made, but also how it was marketed, and what it intended for a mass audience (what isn't discussed so much is how it was basically an 'A' 'B' movie, that is with a lot of the hallmarks of what one might find in a Roger Corman movie, but with, you know, better actors, a better director and sharper writing, but I digress).

Everything from Peter Benchley's origins with the book, to how quickly the rights were picked up, and then on to the physical production (Spielberg's script changes, the casting, the shark - oh, that darn Bruce - and filming on Martha's Vinyard), and of course through the production problems incurred not just due to the shark (that is, it didn't work like 75% of the time) but that shooting out at sea means a lot of waiting and natural problems. It's all covered; I would think this would be the next best thing if one decided to fore-go the also seminal 'Jaws Log' by writer Carl Gottlieb, which also chronicles the making of the film but from a more insider perspective.

The plus side to this doc from what I imagine is covered in the Gottleib book is that it gives so many voices to what went on, from little things like how the sign they had on the island (the one that says 'Welcome to Amity' and is then defaced as a sharp joke) was not originally there and had to be taken down after one day, to big things like the origin of the greatest scene in the picture, the Indianapolis monologue. It's more like an oral history which, at two hours (that I only finally got to really sink my teeth into, no pun intended, with the Jaws blu-ray recently released), gives enough voice to what was difficult about making the film, but also the happy surprises, such as the camaraderie that happened on set, and the improvisation that came from so much down time as to focus more on the characters and relationships.

So if you want to know it all, from Spielberg's panic attacks to a funny-horrifying tale of the 'little' stunt double in the cage in the water, this is the one to check out. For a film freak like me it's like a bag of chips I don't want to stop eating. For the casual movie-watcher, it's full of facts that will either keep you enthralled, or, if not, the movie's still on the disc!

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