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Jaws 2 (1978)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  16 June 1978 (USA)
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Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

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The small island resort town of Amity is trying to bounce back from the financial troubles that suffered after becoming known as the site of shark attacks four years earlier. Mayor Larry Vaughn is welcoming developer Len Peterson and his new resort to Amity. Two scuba divers are exploring the area where the Orca sank after police chief Martin Brody killed a huge shark four years ago. A shark shows up and devoured the two divers, but not before one of the divers takes a close-up picture of the shark's eye, and sometime later, while a mother is driving a boat that's pulling her water-skiing teenage daughter, the shark devours the daughter and causes the mother to accidentally blow up the boat, then a killer whale is found on the shore with a huge bites on it. After Brody sees this, he knows there's another huge great white shark in Amity's waters, but Vaughn and Peterson explain these attacks away as non-shark accidents, because the thought of another shark in Amity's waters would drive... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$102,922,376 (USA)
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Until the mid-1990s, the movie was on trade paper Variety's list of Top Ten box-office hits of all time. See more »

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Brody wears his badge on the right side of his chest, whereas all New York and Massachusetts law enforcement officers wear their badges over the left. See more »

Quotes

Mayor Larry Vaughn: Brody is riding his tower.
Len Peterson: Oh, shit!
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Referenced in The Secret of My Succe$s (1987) See more »

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Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark
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Lacks Dark Terror Of The Original
29 April 2004 | by (Macon, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

While Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" a dark, scary, and gripping thriller, "Jaws 2" is a scary movie for kids who don't really want to be scared. The imagination and unique style that Spielberg put into the original is sorely lacking here; this is merely a teenagers-in-jeopardy thriller as hordes of sailboating teens are terrorized by the giant killer shark. Spielberg did not expose us to the actual shark until much later in the film, which added to the heightened tension. We see the shark up close right away in this film, and it's no sense of terror. The shark chomps on water skiers, attacks boats, drags a helicopter out of the air and into the ocean, snacks on scuba divers, and the day is once again saved by Chief Brody (Roy Scheider.) With all this chomping and chewing going on, "Jaws 2" is oddly ineffective and unscary. While alot of kids were genuinely frightened and scared by the original "Jaws," this sequel is more like a carnival ride that provides a few thrills but is forgotten after it is over. The music by John Williams is absolutely fabulous and the atmosphere is sunnier this time around, but "Jaws 2" fails to satisfy. It's just alot of kids screaming and falling in the water. While the original is a horror masterpiece, this is an O.K. film for squeamish little children.


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