PG | | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
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.
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)).
He needs eyes in the back of his head, Calvin.
The shark is supposed to be 35 feet long, but it never appears to be more than 10 feet long.
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.
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.
$13,422,500 (USA) (24 July 1983)