The Shark Is Still Working

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The Shark is Still Working
DVD cover
Directed by Erik Hollander
Produced by James Gelet
Jake Gove
Erik Hollander
Michael Roddy
Michael McCormack
Written by James Gelet
Narrated by Roy Scheider
Music by Michael McCormack
Cinematography Erik Hollander
Edited by James Gelet
Erik Hollander
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates August 14, 2012
Running time 1 hr 43 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Shark is Still Working is a 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”.

Universal Studios announced that The Shark Is Still Working documentary would be included as a special feature on the Blu-ray edition of Jaws.


The Shark Is Still Working was created by producers James Gelet, Jake Gove, Erik Hollander, and James-Michael Roddy. Co-Producer & Composer Michael McCormack. Associate Producer Roy Scheider.


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, Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider. Among the more notable of those interviewed are Steven Spielberg, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, John Williams, Peter Benchley (in what would be his final on-camera interview), Carl Gottlieb, Joe Alves, Richard Zanuck, David Brown, Susan Backlinie, Jeffrey Kramer, Ron & Valerie Taylor, Dick Warlock, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Bryan Singer, Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini, Eli Roth, M. Night Shyamalan, Percy Rodriguez (in what would be his final public appearance), and Paul McPhee.


The Shark is Still Working made its world premiere May 2, 2009 at the Los Angeles United Film Festival.


A limited edition companion CD soundtrack by Composer Michael McCormack was released online and at Jawsfest, August 9, 2012

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