Jaws 3-D (1983)

jaws 3-d poster 1983 movie
3.0 Overall Score
Story: 2/10
Acting: 3/10
Visuals: 4/10

Not much, some ok visuals

Bad story, some really cheesy 3-D effects

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Jaws 3-D

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  July 22, 1983

MPAA Rating:  PG


This shark tried to eat me a few minutes ago…now I’m swimming with it.

SeaWorld is opening a brand new water park experience in Florida complete with a closed off lagoon, underwater tunnels, and some of the best marine wildlife you’ve ever seen.  Unfortunately, a shark has gotten trapped in the lagoon unknown to manager Calvin Bouchard (Louis Gossett, Jr.), the marine biologist Kay Morgan (Bess Armstrong), and the designer Michael Brody (Dennis Quaid).  Michael has a history with great white sharks and when his brother Sean (John Putch) comes to visit, the nightmare returns.  With a great white shark captured, there might be something else lurking in the lagoon.

Directed by Joe Alves, Jaws 3-D (as it was originally released but also often just called Jaws 3) was critically panned and was nominated for a number of “Razzies” for its acting and presentation.


Just when you thought the shark couldn’t get any faker…Jaws 3-D

Jaws 3-D came out during the little mini-boom of 3-D pictures in the ’80s along with Friday the 13th Part 3 and Amityville 3-D.  This means viewers now are treated to a lot of nonsensical things flying at the screen including the big chompers of the shark.  Watching the film now, I can’t tell if the 3-D would have been good or not.  There were a few parts that I thought, that would look kind of cool (like the man swallowed by the shark trying to get out), but the quality of 3-D back then was so poor that it probably wouldn’t have been as good as conceived.

After the successful Jaws 2, it took a few years, but producers got this junker rolling.  Jaws 2 didn’t really make much sense, but Jaws 3 is really the epitome of lazy.  The story isn’t scary or thrilling and many of what could be great scares fall flat.  A group of skiers pursued by the shark…yeah, they get away…a few times.  Where’s the horror in that?  I really don’t understand why SeaWorld allowed their name to be used.  It seems to me that Louis Gossett, Jr. mismanaged the park and put people and animals in danger…Ok SeaWorld, are you endorsing that?


Hey, I’m looking at a map of this place, and I’m already having second thoughts about this movie.

Jaws 3-D really doesn’t fit into the Jaws canon either.  It is unclear if Jaws 2 happened in Jaws 3, and Michael and Sean indicate that they had a problem with a great white, but it isn’t stated if it only relates to the first film or the second film.  I think they’d make it abundantly clear if they had almost been killed by sharks twice.  The horrible (even worse) follow-up Jaws:  The Revenge also makes no reference to this film…so I guess it never happened.

Jaws 3-D is pretty bad ’80s.  With Jaws:  The Revenge in 1987 at least the film was so bad that it went back to being good, but Jaws 3 is almost unwatchable and dull.  If you were worried about going back in the water, Jaw 3-D will have you rushing back in to end the misery.

Related Links:

Jaws (1975)

Jaws 2 (1978)

Jaws:  The Revenge (1987)

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