The Shark Is Still Working

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The Shark is Still Working
DVD cover
Directed byErik Hollander
Written byJames Gelet
Produced byJames Gelet
Jake Gove
Erik Hollander
Michael Roddy
Michael McCormack
Narrated byRoy Scheider
CinematographyErik Hollander
Edited byJames Gelet
Erik Hollander
Music byMichael McCormack
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Shark is Still Working is a feature-length documentary film on the impact and legacy of the 1975 Steven Spielberg blockbuster film Jaws.[1] It features interviews with a range of cast and crew from the film. It is narrated by Roy Scheider and dedicated to Peter Benchley.[2]

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 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.[3][2]

Some of the interviews were filmed in 4:3 Academy ratio, typical of TV documentaries of the time. As the production went on, 16:9 became the TV shape standard and so the documentary crops the top and bottom of the image to reshape it to 16:9. There is no anamorphic enhancement of the documentary on the Jaws Blu-Ray.


The Shark Is Still Working was created by producers James Gelet, Jake Gove, Erik Hollander, and James-Michael Roddy, Co-Producer and Composer Michael McCormack, and 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 Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider, who played Chief Brody. 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 and 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.[4]


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

Track listing for the 2012 soundtrack album[edit]

A limited edition 38 track companion CD soundtrack by composer Michael McCormack was released online and at Jawsfest, August 9, 2012.

  1. The Shark Is Still Working Theme
  2. On-Set Setbacks
  3. Lights, Camera, Hold On
  4. Robot Shark
  5. The Indianapolis Saga
  6. Yellow Barrels
  7. Martha's Song
  8. The Shark Is Not Working
  9. The Kid At the Table
  10. Aquaphobia
  11. Fans of the Fin
  12. Orcas
  13. Momentum
  14. Ticket to Terror
  15. A Time for Reflection
  16. Lurking Beneath
  17. The Year Was 1975!
  18. Festival
  19. You Always Make Me Smile
  20. Call Me Ishmael
  21. The Legacy
  22. Bloody Tourist
  23. Summer in Edgartown
  24. A Whaaat...?
  25. The Amity Suite
  26. The Human Effect
  27. Feeding Frenzy
  28. Jaws Forever
  29. Fate of the Sharks
  30. Cage Attack
  31. Great White
  32. Deep Blue
  33. Sandcastle
  34. Mother Cutter
  35. In Celebration of Our Heroes
  36. Surviving the Challenge
  37. Show Me the Way to Go Home
  38. Spanish Ladies


  1. ^ "Terrifying scene from Jaws didn't make the final cut". The New Zealand Herald. December 22, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Labrecque, Jeff (August 8, 2012). "'Jaws' Blu-ray extra: 'The Shark is Still Working'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  3. ^ Squires, John (May 23, 2018). "Here's the Story Behind THAT Nightmarish Unused Death Scene from 'JAWS'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Wallick, Buz (April 16, 2007). "Shark is Still Working, The (2007)". Dread Central. Retrieved August 9, 2021.

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