The Shark is Still Working – USA, 2009

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The Shark is Still Working is a 2009 feature-length documentary film on the impact and legacy of the 1975 Steven Spielberg blockbuster film Jaws. It features interviews with a range of cast and crew from the film. It is narrated by Roy Scheider and dedicated to Peter Benchley.

The documentary was produced by Jaws fans over a seven-year period, building on Laurent Bouzereau’s 1995 documentary, The Making of Jaws, that has been included on some laserdisc and DVD releases. Throughout other documentaries over the years, such as Bouzereau’s and the BBC’s 1997 documentary In the Teeth of Jaws, actor Richard Dreyfuss has recounted tales about the troubled production of Jaws and the quote “The shark is NOT working” which Dreyfuss would hear constantly from members of the crew. Eventually, upon successful attempts to fix the malfunctioning sea monster, Dreyfuss would regularly hear the quote “The shark is still working”.

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The documentary features rare footage and exclusive interviews with most of the cast and crew of Jaws, as well as celebrities whose careers have been influenced by the film. It was written by James Gelet, directed by Erik Hollander and narrated by Chief Brody himself, Roy Scheider (The Curse of the Living Corpse). Among the more notable of those interviewed are Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, John Williams, Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, Joe Alves, Richard Zanuck, David Brown, Dick Warlock, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Bryan Singer, Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini, Eli Roth, M. Night Shyamalan and Paul McPhee.

Universal Studios included The Shark Is Still Working documentary as a special feature on the Blu-ray edition of Jaws on August 14, 2012

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