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One of actor Michael Caine's notorious "paycheck pictures" alongside Ashanti (1979), The Swarm (1978), The Island (1980), Blame It on Rio (1984) and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979). When Caine was asked about this movie in an interview, he answered, "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
The movie's main tagline "This time it's personal" was parodied in Back to the Future Part II (1989) where the fictional "Jaws 19", directed by Max Spielberg, has a movie poster that says, "This time it's REALLY personal!". The phrase "This time it's personal" has since become a cliché tagline for a number of sequel movies.
The original script features a cameo for Richard Dreyfuss's character from the original Jaws (1975), marine biologist Matt Hooper. In Hooper's scene, he calls the Brodys and is greeted on the phone by Thea, who knows him as "Uncle Matt". Hooper is established as being close to Michael and Carla, who calls him "my second favorite marine biologist", and he gives them his condolences about Sean's death. Hooper and Michael discuss their careers, the late Martin Brody, and Hooper's once spending Christmas with the family with Martin dressed as Santa Claus. The scene ends when Michael heads off to summon Ellen to the phone to talk to Hooper.
According to this film, the events that occurred in Jaws 3-D (1983) never took place.
A crucial subplot involves Michael Caine's character smuggling drugs onto the island. The scenes were shot, then deleted during post-production because it took away from the film's main premise involving the shark. It's fully detailed in the film's novelization.
Michael Caine could not accept his Oscar for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) because he was busy filming this movie.
When Michael returns home to his mother's after his brother is killed, in her living room are several guests, including Lee Fierro. Fierro played Mrs. Kintner in the first Jaws (1975) and her son 'Alex Kintner' was the second victim killed by the shark. Fritzi Jane Courtney who played Mrs Taft in the first two Jaws films is also present.
Murray Hamilton was asked to reprise his role as the Mayor in a short appearance at the beginning of the film. He died of cancer before filming started.
The water in the tank where the climax was shot was filled with blue dye, which turned Micheal Caine's and Lorraine Gary's hair blue.
Lorraine Gary's final film, and her first film role in eight years.
This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in John Wilson's book "The Official Razzie® Movie Guide."
Comedian Richard Jeni considered this the worst movie of all time, and built a substantial portion of his stand-up comedy act around it.
Roy Scheider was offered a cameo, but declined. Reportedly, if Scheider had accepted the bit part, the shark would've killed his character at the start of the movie.
Some boat scenes (actor close-ups) where filmed at Falls Lake, at Universal City Studios, California, near the Psycho house on the back lot.
A portrait of Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) can be seen at Amity's police office.
Bruce the Rubber Shark was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor in this film, thus making him the first animal nominated for one.
Mario Van Peebles wrote his own part.
Michael Caine is the second actor to follow up an Academy Award-winning performance with a Razzie Award-nominated performance in a Jaws (1975) sequel. The first was Louis Gossett Jr. who won an Oscar for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and then was nominated for a Razzie for Jaws 3-D (1983).
The only Jaws (1975) sequel not to be numerated (unlike Jaws 2 (1978) and Jaws 3-D (1983)) which would have had it called "Jaws 4", which was actually a working title for the movie and still acts as an informal title for the picture. Another working title for the film was "Jaws 87", which is the year it was released in.
Michael Caine previously starred in Peter Benchley's The Island (1980). Co-starring in Jaws: The Revenge (1987), this third sequel to Peter Benchley's Jaws (1975) gave Caine two star appearances in Benchley-related movies.
Michael Caine accepted his role after seeing only the first line of the script, which was, "Fade in: Hawaii". Caine had wanted to shoot a movie in Hawaii for a while.
Fourth and final "Jaws" film.
According to 'Rating the Movies', "After a miserable theatrical showing in the U.S., the film was given a new ending for its European release".
Actress Lorraine Gary appeared as Ellen Brody in three of the four "Jaws" films, as did supporting actress Fritzi Jane Courtney who played her friend Mrs. Taft. Jaws 3-D (1983) was the only one that neither actress appeared in. That movie was also arguably the only one that Roy Scheider did not appear as well. He appeared in the first two films, and was seen in "Jaws: The Revenge" but only via the inclusion of a framed photograph and archive footage used for flashbacks.
Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
This is the only Jaws film not written by Carl Gottlieb and/ or Howard Sackler.
The name of the two-mast ketch sailing boat was "Neptune's Folly".
Set mostly in the Bahamas, the film's storyline includes its Junkanoo Festival, previously known to cinema-goers from also featuring in the earlier James Bond movie Thunderball (1965). The annual parade is also featured in the later movie After the Sunset (2004).
The only movie in the franchise that doesn't take place in the summertime. The first Jaws takes place around the fourth of July, Jaws 2 takes place in June, Jaws 3 takes place at some point in the summer time and this movie takes place around Christmas and New Years.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The Theatrical Version's ending, in which the shark head blows up, reuses footage from the first picture's ending, in which the headless bleeding shark sinks. The ropes from the barrels Quint used are still there.
The revised ending, where Mario Van Peebles' character survives, began filming five days after the movie was released in the United States. The revised ending was first seen overseas.
Each Jaws movie plants the method of the shark's destruction earlier in each film. In Jaws, Hooper warns Brody about the air tank "blowing up if you screw around with it." In Jaws 2, Hendrix and the old man find the power line which later electrocutes the shark. In Jaws 3, an argument ensues about Philip FitzRoyce using grenades. In this film, Jake is working on a transmitter that sends out high frequency.

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