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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (September 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593933347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593933340
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jerry Fehlman on May 13, 2009
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Picked up this book at "The Shark is Still Working" movie premire. Not only is this a fun and informative read about the original Jaws, it makes no apologies or exceptions for all of its sequels. Great production photos as well as interviews with all four of the Jaws directors. Thanks Peter!
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I had this book recommended to me by a "Jaws" fan. I saw the movie and its sequels years ago, but wasn't a huge fan. However, I found that I couldn't put this splendid book down. It is engagingly written and extremely readable with interviews of people involved in all aspects from victims to shark builders. There are concise story outlines for each sequel and "rip-off" - no matter how ridiculous! It also talks about the might have beens, including what sounded like a really good Jaws 2, that was not filmed. The only downside is that this made me watch the original again, so da-dum, da-dum...a summer staying out of the water!
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Jaws is one of my favorite movies of all time; I even liked Jaws 2 (but not 3 and 4!!!). If you, as well, are a Jawsophile (like that word?), with an inclination towards knowing how movies are made, this book is a must.Everything in it has been covered before in different sources, but it's all here, in one volume, at a very reasonable price.
My favorite part-a later chapter dealing with sequels that never happened. If you hated Jaws 2, go to a used book store and try to dig up the novelization by Hank Searle, it was based on an early screenplay draft and makes a whole lot more sense than the movie (SPOILER ALERT-the shark is female and pregnant with the munchies, which explains quite a bit, even a small line in the movie would have cleared this up). Plus details on Jaws 4,People 0- a spoof that never happened; how about real sharks and fake people?
Again, if you loved this film and want background on it's making, I very highly reccomend this book.
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Not crazy about this book, while I am crazy about the movie Jaws. All it does is praise the original film, re-hashing a lot of stories from the Universal documentaries and spend the rest of the time bashing the other JAWS movies including the underrated JAWS 2. It has it's moments with interviews with John Hancock and Lance Guest, but I would recommend Carl Gottlieb's The JAWS LOG over this any day.
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Just finished reading the book, and since I'm not on the publisher's payroll, I decided to put in my two cents worth.

It's an interesting read, the author seems to have written his chapters out individually but then not paid much attention to how they were assembled. The first section, on the first film, seems to jump from production guy to actor to cinematographer, which can be a little confusing.

There are also a few errors in the book, a couple of typos and a couple of rather glaring errors about the first film. The author presents a timeline of "Jaws" but doesn't get a couple of the events in their proper order, and Meadows' character is named 'Harry' as it is in the book, but in the film, his name was Ben. Probably minor points, but...

In short, any book about the greatest movie of all time is quite welcome. I wish the publishing media paid as much attention to Jaws' legacy and longstanding popularity as it does some of the other garbage films out since then. (for example, every time a Bond movie is released..do we really need another Bond book?)
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By K. Tripp on February 2, 2010
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I am a Jaws fanatic and have read every book associated with the making the movie. I did not learn a lot of new things about Jaws but did learn a lot about the sequals and rip-offs that were interesting. This book pointed out the original direction of Jaws 2 and I thought it was interesting enough to read the novelization of the original script; which would have made a much better movie. The interview with John Hancock and Dorothy Tristan was very open and shed some lights on the politics involved in the making of the Jaws2. The where-are-they-now section is worth the price of the book alone. Enjoy.
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For fans of JAWS, this book is worth reading. If you read other reviews here you will see that the accuracy of some facts are debatable. A lot of what is included has been heard before. About three fourths of the book is dedicated to the original film and the remaining fourth discusses the sequels, which got worse as time passed. This is an entertaining book for JAWS enthusiasts!
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Just when you thought you knew it all about Jaws, Patrick Jankiewicz writes a wonderfully enthusiastic account of all four Jaws films, with tons of all new, great interviews, information, and vivid recreations of what went on behind the scenes. Will absolutely enrich and enhance your viewing of Jaws, and no self-respecting Jaws fan should be without this great volume.
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