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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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Director:
Writers:
Peter Benchley (characters created by)
Carl Gottlieb (written by) ...
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Release Date:
16 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... 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 »
User Reviews:
Has some good elements from the first film but mostly just turns out a "teens in peril" style movie See more (263 total) »

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
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)
 
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)
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.)
Mike Elias .... assistant film editor (as Michael T. Elias)
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)
 
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Runtime:
116 min | Brazil:131 min (television version)
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Color:
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Aspect Ratio:
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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) | 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:TV-PG (LV) (TV rating) | USA:PG (certificate #25237) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the shot of the boat exploding, it is clearly not on fire before the explosion.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Brody:Oh, Hendricks, good! Right this way. Excuse us, please. I want you to come in here and, er, check out this 908.
Hendricks:What the hell's a 908? I've never heard of a 908!
Martin Brody:908 means get me outta there!
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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Has some good elements from the first film but mostly just turns out a "teens in peril" style movie, 18 December 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

It has been years since the shark attack that terrorised the small island community of Amity and many wounds have healed as tourism has grown back to booming levels. However the disappearance of divers, a mysterious explosion of a speedboat and a body of a killer whale with chunks missing out of it has Chief Brody back on his high-horse again. Running around shouting "shark" without any real evidence does little to impress Mayor Vaughn, who as usual has his eyes on the fickle tourist dollar. However is Brody just reliving past experience or is he right? (Hint: the clue is in the title).

Following up what is considered Spielberg's classic lesson in fear was never going to be easy but doing it in the manner that this film did it meant that it was rather on a hiding to nothing from the start. The sequel is strongest when it repeats the build up and unseen fear of the original. Sadly this is the minority of the film as the majority is about a load of teens being terrorised by the shark in the way that other groups of teens have been terrorised by everything known (and unknown) to man in an attempt to get the "youf" market in the door. In fairness the first half of the film does have some interesting stuff in it but mostly it wastes these as part of the build up. The best example of this is Brody himself – he does appeared to be unreasonable and carrying a lot of pain and fear from the first time but this is never something we explore as the film instead just retreads the whole thing between him and the Mayor to little effect.

Talking of effects, the shark is as rubbery as before – no better no worse. However what is different is Szwarc's apparent desire to show the shark as a matter of course and does so to the detriment of building up gradual tension out of little touches. The cast are very mixed. Scheider returns as does the best he can but there is no help from director or writer here; so he does his same character the best he can but the viewer is never in any doubt that this is an inferior product. Gary and Hamilton also return but are given very little of interest to work with. The rest of the teen cast are annoying. It is not really their fault because they are told to be teens and scream lots, which is what they do without really achieving much.

Overall then a very so-so sequel that has some strong elements that it has lifted from the original film and then lots of lesser elements fill out the film. The "teens in peril" aspect is a bit tiresome and doesn't do much other than provide fodder for the shark. In its favour though, the film looks like Citizen Kane when viewed alongside the other Jaws sequels.

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