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Jaws 3-D (1983)

The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director:

Joe Alves

Writers:

Peter Benchley (suggested by the novel "Jaws"), Richard Matheson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Mike Brody
Bess Armstrong ... Dr. Kathryn 'Kay' Morgan
Simon MacCorkindale ... Philip FitzRoyce
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Calvin Bouchard
John Putch ... Sean Brody
Lea Thompson ... Kelly Ann Bukowski
P.H. Moriarty ... Jack Tate
Dan Blasko Dan Blasko ... Dan
Liz Morris Liz Morris ... Liz
Lisa Maurer ... Ethel
Harry Grant Harry Grant ... Shelby Overman
Andy Hansen Andy Hansen ... Silver Bullet
P.T. Horn P.T. Horn ... Tunnel Guide
John Edson John Edson ... Bob Woodbury (as John Edson Jr.)
Kaye Stevens Kaye Stevens ... Mrs. Kallender
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Storyline

Several years after Amity's former Police Chief Martin Brody electrocuted the shark at Cable Junction, his sons, Mike & Sean, are now working in different roles at Sea World Orlando. Mike is working as a park engineer and considering marriage to his girlfriend, killer whale biologist Kathryn Morgan. Sean is also involved with 1 of the park's water skiers, Kelly Ann Bukowski. Sea World is about to open a massive 'Undersea Kingdom' which will bring visitors closer to marine life than ever before. The park is accessible from the ocean by a series of gates, one of which malfunctions. A young Great White Shark swims through the gate, and when a maintenance diver heads down to fix the gate he does not return. The young Great White is captured & placed in a tank but soon dies despite Kathryn's best efforts to save it. More alarming though, is the young shark's massive, 35 foot mother which has followed the baby shark into the lagoon and killed the maintenance diver, whose body is recovered. ... Written by Medic249a2

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A deadly new attraction. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jaws 3 People 0 See more »

Filming Locations:

Orlando, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,422,500, 24 July 1983

Gross USA:

$45,517,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,987,055
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This movie and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) have several things in common. Both are the third films in a popular series that began with very successful films released in the 1970s (Jaws (1975) and Halloween (1978)), both of which launched the careers of their respective directors (Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter). Both were set in new locales not seen in the first two films (the Jaws movies took place on Amity Island, and the Halloween movies in Haddonfield, Illinois), and were unsuccessful attempts to deviate from previous sequels, which had been highly derivative of the originals (Jaws 2 (1978) and Halloween II (1981)). Both were made by first-time directors who had been the production designers of the previous films (Joe Alves for Jaws (1975) and Tommy Lee Wallace for Halloween (1978)). See more »

Goofs

When Sean mentions playing the game in the bar he gets up from his chair to go down the ramp. The next scene he's at the bottom of the ramp and the next scene he is in the circle of the crowd playing the game. All without without taking a step. Clearly a scene was cut out that would show this. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Bouchard: Was it the shark?
Kathryn Morgan: It was a shark. It was a shark with a bite radius about a yard across.
Philip FitzRoyce: Don't be silly. That would indicate a shark of some 35 feet in length.
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Crazy Credits

In the original 3D version, the Universal Pictures Logo is in 3D. Plus the title "Jaws 3D" comes "toward" the viewer, clamping together as if it was like a shark's mouth. See more »

Alternate Versions

Released in Japan in 3-D on the short-lived VHD format. This release has been widely copied to make bootleg 3-D tapes and DVDs. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 26 February 2016 (2016) See more »

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It could have worked, but DOES NOT
29 June 2010 | by modern_fredSee all my reviews

I'm certain if you read the screenplay for this third entry in the Jaws franchise you'd think it could amount to a solid sequel. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea, it at least adds many new elements to the Jaws formula. Where it all goes wrong is in the execution. The acting, direction, and production values are way, way below what they should have been. The 3-D effects are ridiculous. They bring to mind a SCTV parody of 3-D films, with exaggerated tricks that add nothing to someone watching this in regular format. Compare this to something like The Creature From The Black Lagoon, or It Came From Outer Space- those films were 3-D but play perfectly well as flat films. But those were made by people with talent, this film is not.

There's also the weird idea of using the Sea World park, but making it a fictitious one located near the ocean with completely different attractions- it's a strange bit of promotional advertising. The real Sea World is quite different, and yet it's shown with all these fantastic elements that are pure fantasy. A better idea would have been to name the marine attraction something original. The scenes somehow come off way more corny and trite than the actual theme park was at the time. The use of the dolphins is a great idea that is staged horribly. The old Flipper show had better shark vs. dolphin scenes.

The effects are wretched. In fact, had they worked it would have helped save the whole film from being a waste, but they are totally amateurish, below that of a Roger Corman exploitation film from the 50s or 60s. One expects more from a major studio mounting a sequel to a mega-hit.

The actors offer nothing here. Dennis Quaid and Louis Gosset have shown remarkable talent, but none of it is on display here. Bess Armstrong and Lea Thompson are both very attractive, but again they don't really add anything, and Thompson seems especially vapid here. Luckily all these actors are in a film so filled with incompetence that the music, effects, editing and overall storytelling distract from their work.


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