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'Jaws 3-D' Released 37 Years Ago Today

By Andrew Sanford | Film | July 22, 2020 |

By Andrew Sanford | Film | July 22, 2020 |


Jaws is considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever put to screen. It wowed critics, dominated at the box office and launched the career of one of American cinema’s great directors. Steve, I wanna say? The super summer blockbuster also spawned a franchise full of video games, theme park attractions and three sequels. Today marks the anniversary of one of the most notable entries in the BSCU (Big Shark Cinematic Universe): Jaws 3-D!

Jaws 3-D starred Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Louis Gossett Jr. and featured the big screen debut of Lea Thompson. The second attempt at a sequel takes place in a SeaWorld theme park and is presented in, you guessed it, 3-D. A great white shark infiltrates the park, which happens to be occupied by Mike and Sean Brody (sons of Chief Martin Brody from the first two films). Those poor, poor Brodys.

Relishing in camp and brutality, the third film in the series strikes a markedly different tone than its predecessors. Notably, the first film shows very little of the savage shark. In Jaws 3-D, the fearsome fish is seen so often that it quickly becomes cartoonish. This is only worsened by the 3-D enhancements that the movie employs. The film also comes across more like a silly slasher than a taut thriller, focusing more on gore and cheap thrills.

Despite being laden with gimmicky ridiculousness, Jaws 3-D pulled in a a considerable box office total. Set against a budget of $18 million, the shark-jumping sequel pulled in almost $88 million dollars. That’s about $237 million when adjusted for inflation. These days it swims smoothly in the libraries of bad movie connoisseurs. If you’ve ever seen the infamous exploding shark scene, you’ll understand why.

Andrew Sanford is a Writer and Performer living in NYC. You can find him on twitter and listen to his comedy podcast Half White Son of a Black Man wherever you get your podcasts.

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