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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.
Jaws 3D (also known as Jaws 3 or Jaws III) is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, and Louis Gossett, Jr. It is the second sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and the third installment in the Jaws franchise.
The film follows the Brody children from the previous films at SeaWorld, a Florida marine park with underwater tunnels and lagoons. As the park prepares for opening, a young great white shark infiltrates the park from the sea, seemingly attacking and killing the park’s employees. Once the shark is captured, it becomes apparent that it was a second, much larger shark who also entered the park, that was the real culprit.
The film is notable for making use of 3D film during the revived interest in the technology in the 1980s, amongst other horror films such as Friday the 13th Part III and Amityville 3D. Cinema audiences could wear disposable cardboard polarized 3D glasses to create the illusion that elements penetrate the screen.
Several shots and sequences were designed to utilise the effect, such as the shark’s destruction. Since 3D was ineffective in home viewing until the advent of 3D televisions in the late 2000s, the alternative title Jaws III is used for television broadcasts, VHS and DVD. Jaws 3-D received negative reviews and was followed by Jaws: The Revenge in 1987.
Jaws 3D (1983)
Directed by: Joe Alves
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr., John Putch, Lea Thompson, Liz Morris, Lisa Maurer
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
Production Design by: Woods Mackintosh
Cinematography by: James A. Contner, Chris J. Condon, George D. Dodge, Austin McKinney
Film Editing by: Corky Ehlers, Randy Roberts
Costume Design by: Dresden Urquhart
Art Direction by: Paul Eads, Christopher Horner
Music by: Alan Parker
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 22, 1983