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Jaws 2 -- Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! The beach-goers of Amity are threatened again by a giant, man-eating shark in this thrilling sequel to Spielberg's masterpiece!


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Release Date:
16 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... See more »
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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Competent, yet totally unnecessary. See more (255 total) »


  (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
Dorothy Parkinson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
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
Jim Ellis .... second props (uncredited)
Jerry Moss .... second props (uncredited)
Bill Parks .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Richard A. Villalobos .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound recordist
James Troutman .... sound effects editor (as Jim Troutman)
Alsie L. Florence .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Jackson .... boom operator (uncredited)
George E. Marshall Jr. .... sound utility (uncredited)
John McDonald .... boom operator (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)
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)
Eugene Barragy .... key grip (uncredited)
Gabe Bolderoff .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Bryant .... best boy (uncredited)
Pat Campea Jr. .... second key grip (uncredited)
Jim Coe .... still photographer (uncredited)
Randy Dahlquist .... operator (uncredited)
Louis Goldman .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Gray .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert L. Guthrie .... assistant camera (uncredited)
David Jarrell .... operator (uncredited)
Harvey Kamins .... operator (uncredited)
Joe Kelly .... best boy grip (uncredited)
J. Michael McClary .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
John McGowan .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Sol Negrin .... cinematographer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Don Piel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rich Redlands .... second key grip (uncredited)
Jack Vogel .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... location casting
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurann Cordero .... wardrobe: ladies
Gilbert Loe .... wardrobe: men (as Gil Loe)
Paul Saragusa .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
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
Dan Anglin .... driver co-captain (uncredited)
Mel Bingham .... driver captain (uncredited)
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)
Charles Ajar .... projectionist (uncredited)
Joe Catalfo .... first aid (uncredited)
Raechel Donahue .... voice talent (uncredited)
Harry Jukes .... 40 man (uncredited)
Irving Kramer .... location auditor (uncredited)
Max Manlove .... production secretary (uncredited)
Sherrill Patten .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Gene Starzenski .... set paramedic (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... underwater diver (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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116 min | Brazil:131 min (television version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2001) | 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

Did You Know?

Navarre's Holiday Inn "Holidome" was used as the film's headquarters, with the ground floor converted into production offices, and some of the Gulf-front suites remodelled for David Brown and Roy Scheider. Universal rented 100 of the hotel's 200 rooms, spending $1 million. Unfortunately, the Holiday Inn was destroyed in the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.See more »
Continuity: In the overhead shot of Brody and Elkins walking towards the dead whale, there are only about ten or twelve people standing around it. In all subsequent shots, there are around twenty there.See more »
Ellen Brody:[at the hotel opening ceremony] Listen, do me a favour. Act as if you've been here the whole time.
Martin Brody:How do I do that?
Ellen Brody:Just look bored.
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Do the main characters from 'Jaws' return for 'Jaws 2'?
How likely is it that a second great white shark would show up in the same waters off Amity?
Is the shark in 'Jaws 2' really the mate to the shark in 'Jaws'?
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Competent, yet totally unnecessary., 9 April 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

It only figured that multiple sequels would be spawned from (at the time) the most financially successful film in history. Jaws 2 was not the least bit necessary in terms of story and character development. It's merely an opportunity to put the lives of numerous young characters in jeopardy before our hero from part one (Scheider) can paddle to their rescue. The film is technically well-done, and the action somewhat compelling. This film also made a fortune, but it had nowhere near the commercial or critical success of the original.

First of all, the acting talent of Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss is sorely missed. They tried to write the Matt Hooper character back in, but Dreyfuss was in the midst of shooting Close Encounters with Spielberg, rendering his physical participation out of the question. Roy Scheider is back, though. And once again he proves that he is in fact a hell of a good actor. He's the kind of guy whose character you always end up rooting for. This time we see a darker side of his Chief Brody. Convinced there is a new shark in the waters off Amitty, he presses the point so vigorously that he is fired from his job. Keep in mind, the same mayor (Hamilton) is still in office, and he's not the kind of guy who wants his beaches closed for any reason.

Despite losing his job, Brody is once again forced to dispose of the killer great white before it devours his teenage son's friends and their sail boats. The film has some good stunt work, and some memorable shots of the killer fish. There is decidedly less blood shown in this one. The original barely escaped and R-rating, and they were obviously not going to chance that again. There are still plenty of frightening scenes, though. French director Jeannot Szwarc is no Spielberg, but he does a decent enough job with the material. John Williams' music still rings true.

Speaking of the material, that's the film's weak spot. Sharks do not behave like killers in a slasher movie. They don't use strategy to hunt down their victims like the sharks in these movies. A great white shark is a powerful and dangerous predator, but humans are generally not on its menu. Jaws 2 is however, miles above the next two sequels in the series. Part 3 had only the 3D gimmick to fall back on. Part 4 is hardly worth mentioning unless you like to laugh at really, really bad films.

7 of 10 stars for Jaws 2.

The Hound.

Added Feb 14, 2008: RIP Roy Scheider!

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