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Peter Benchley (characters created by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1978 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
After the sensational return to the screen of JAWS... what could be more terrifying than JAWS 2 See more »
Plot:
Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roy Scheider ... Police Chief Martin Brody

Lorraine Gary ... Ellen Brody

Murray Hamilton ... Mayor Larry Vaughn

Joseph Mascolo ... Len Peterson

Jeffrey Kramer ... Deputy Jeff Hendricks

Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Dr. Lureen Elkins (as Collin Wilcox)
Ann Dusenberry ... Tina Wilcox

Mark Gruner ... Michael 'Mike' Brody
Barry Coe ... Tom Andrews
Susan French ... Grace Witherspoon - Old Lady

Gary Springer ... Andy Nicholas

Donna Wilkes ... Jackie Peters
Gary Dubin ... Eddie Marchand
John Dukakis ... Paul 'Polo' Loman
G. Thomas Dunlop ... Timmy Weldon

David Elliott ... Larry Vaughn Jr.
Marc Gilpin ... Sean Brody

Keith Gordon ... Doug Fetterman

Cindy Grover ... Lucy (as Cynthia Grover)
Ben Marley ... Patrick
Martha Swatek ... Marge

Billy Van Zandt ... Bob
Gigi Vorgan ... Brooke Peters
Jerry M. Baxter ... Helicopter Pilot
Jean Coulter ... Diane - Ski Boat Driver
Daphne Dibble ... Swimmer #1
Christine Freeman ... Terri - Water Skier
April Gilpin ... Renee
William Griffith ... Lifeguard
Gregory Harris ... Diver #2 (as Greg Harris)
Coll Red McLean ... Red - 'Old Man of the Sea'
Susan O. McMillan ... Girl Sailor
David Owsley ... Boy Sailor
Allan L. Paddack ... Crosby
Oneida Rollins ... Ambulance Driver
Frank James Sparks ... Diver #1 (as Frank Sparks)
Thomas A. Stewart ... Sparky - Assistant Dive Master
David Tintle ... Swimmer #2
Jim Wilson ... Swimmer with Child
Kathy Wilson ... Mrs. Bryant
Herb Muller ... Phil Fogarty
Fritzi Jane Courtney ... Mrs. Taft - Select Woman (as Jane Courtney)
Alfred Wilde ... Harry Wiseman - Select Man #1 (as Al Wilde)
Cyprian R. Dube ... Mr. Posner - Select Man #2 (as Cyprien 'Phil' Dube)
Mary A. Gaffney ... Mrs. Silvera
Bill Green ... Irate 'Dancing' Man (as William 'Bill' Green)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Buck ... Irate 'Letterbox' Man (uncredited)

Michael Smith ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
 
Writing credits
Peter Benchley (characters created by)

Carl Gottlieb (written by) and
Howard Sackler (written by)

Produced by
Joe Alves .... associate producer
David Brown .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Michael C. Butler (director of photography) (as Michael Butler)
 
Film Editing by
Steve Potter 
Arthur Schmidt 
Neil Travis 
 
Production Design by
Joe Alves 
 
Art Direction by
W. Stewart Campbell  (as Stewart Campbell)
Gene Johnson 
 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Philip Abramson)
 
Costume Design by
Bill Jobe 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Ron Snyder .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager
Tom Joyner .... production manager
Tony LaMarca .... unit production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Alves .... second unit director
Katy Emde .... second assistant director (as Kathy Marie Emde)
Scott Maitland .... first assistant director
Beau Marks .... second assistant director
Wilbur Mosier .... assistant director: second unit
Don Zepfel .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gary Seybert .... property master
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound recording
James Troutman .... sound effects editor (as Jim Troutman)
Robert Jackson .... boom operator (uncredited)
George E. Marshall Jr. .... sound utility (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special mechanical effects
Robert A. Mattey .... special mechanical effects
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Kevin Pike .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Eddie Surkin .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Mueller .... sculptor: model (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Knowles .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Greg Le Duc .... water stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Black .... key grip (as John Black)
David L. Butler .... camera operator: second unit (as David Butler)
Michael Dugan .... underwater camera operator
John Fleckenstein .... camera operator
Michael McGowan .... camera operator: second unit
Ron Taylor .... live shark photography
Valerie Taylor .... live shark photography
Donald M. Wolak .... gaffer (as Don Wolak)
Pat Campea Jr. .... second key grip (uncredited)
Joe Kelly .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Sol Negrin .... cinematographer: re-shoots (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... location casting
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurann Cordero .... wardrobe: ladies
Gilbert Loe .... wardrobe: men's (as Gil Loe)
 
Editorial Department
Freeman A. Davies .... assistant film editor (as Freeman Davies Jr.)
Michael T. Elias .... assistant film editor
Robert Hernandez .... assistant film editor
Sherrie Sanet .... assistant film editor (as Sherrie Sanet Jacobson)
 
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
John Neal .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Philip Martin .... boat driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Philip Kingry .... marine coordinator
Donald MacDonald .... production assistant
Esther Vivante .... script supervisor: second unit
Fred Zendar .... technical advisor (as Manfred Zendar)
Raechel Donahue .... voice talent (uncredited)
Gene Starzenski .... set paramedic (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... underwater diver (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2001) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (DVD) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2000) (2001) | USA:PG (certificate #25237) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Until the mid-1990s, the movie was on trade paper Variety's list of Top Ten box-office hits of all time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The deputy is shown tying up the sailboat to the police cutter when the catatonic blonde girl is found, but the chief then hails a passing boat and takes off without untying his boat from the stricken sailboat.See more »
Quotes:
Phil Fogarty:I can't watch a ball game anymore, I can't watch the news anymore! I can't even watch a movie! All I hear is that damn kid and his damn radio going "Breaker, Breaker, Breaker"!
Martin Brody:Well, I'll see what I can do, but remember, it's under federal jurisdiction.
Phil Fogarty:So call the FBI!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Girl from IpanemaSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
No "Jaws" but not bad, 2 August 2004
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

Was there ever a doubt that "Jaws 2" wouldn't stand a chance of equaling the original film? One could only hope that on its own level it was a decent film. And that is exactly what we get. To try and view this film and compare it to the original is an impossible task. The original "Jaws" is one of the great films of all time. Viewers need to approach "Jaws 2" with the first film completely out of mind.

The sequel picks up a few years after the first film. The setting is the same (Amity Island) and Roy Scheider is back as Chief Brody. Also returning are Murray Hamilton as the Mayor, Lorraine Gary as Mrs. Brody, and Jeffery Kramer as deputy Hendricks. Gary and Kramer have bigger parts this time around while Hamilton still mills about not doing much of anything as he did in the original.

The story this time centers around the teenagers of Amity Island headed by the older Brody sons (who are amazingly quite older then just the few years passed), particularly older brother Mike and his friends. They all like parasailing and you know what that means right? Early on Brody starts getting indications of another shark problem and takes his concerns to the town board and mayor. One of the biggest flaws in the film is their attitude, which is the same as the mayor's in the first film. Wouldn't you think they might have a little concern considering what had happened a few years earlier? The movie moves at a snail's pace for the first hour but things pick up in the second half once the teenagers take the sailboats out and realize the trouble that awaits them.

On the positive side the shark looks as good, if not better, then in the first film. It is completely convincing. Scheider gives his usual solid performance despite playing second fiddle to a mechanical fish. And the second half of the film is quite suspenseful at times. There is one shot that has to be seen to be believed. An unconscience Mike Brody is in the water with the shark fast approaching. His friends are trying to lift him into the boat. The shark comes out of the water and.... well I won't tell you what happens but I think it is the best shark shot in the entire series of "Jaws" films.

On the negative side the characters of the teenagers are pretty one dimensional and we don't get to know many of them well enough to care if they end up as shark dinner or not. One of the teens played by Donna Wilkes spends the last half hour doing nothing but screaming. The screams are so annoying either you almost wish she would fall in the water and be done with it. A scene with a helicopter in the water is as ridiculous as things can get. The ending (not revealed here) is a touch silly but if you think about it the ending to the original was no more silly.

In the end "Jaws 2" is a decent but not great followup. For those that truly dislike the film I invite them to watch "Jaws 3" or "Jaws: The Revenge". Those films make part 2 look like the classic the first one is.

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