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The Making of 'Jaws 2' (2001)

A documentary giving film fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this sequel to the now-classic horror movie that had viewers too scared to go into the water. Includes interviews ... See full summary »

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A documentary giving film fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this sequel to the now-classic horror movie that had viewers too scared to go into the water. Includes interviews with the writer, director, and other members of the creative staff who relate some of their experiences with making the film, as well as giving their views on all the work that went into it. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Short but Worth Watching
8 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Making of Jaws 2 (2001)

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Pretty good making of featurette taking a look at the production of JAWS 2, the sequel to one of the most popular films ever made. Producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck start off talking about Steven Spielberg refusing to have anything to do with the sequel and both men also admit that they questioned whether or not it should be done. We hear that the original idea for a sequel was to film the events of Robert Shaw's speech from the first movie but the studio turned this idea down because they wanted more of the same. We hear about the first director walking off the picture and then Jeannot Szware talks about getting the job and his ideas for the film. Production manager Joe Alves is also on hand as is screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. At just under an hour there's no question that this thing doesn't cover the entire movie and it's a shame so many cast members weren't interviewed but with that said what is here is pretty entertaining for fans of the film. One really gets a great idea of what Hollywood is like as they didn't want to do a "good" movie but instead the studio was just interested in making money and they wanted something the same as the first. The director and screenwriter comment on new ideas they wanted for the film including a breakdown of the kill scenes as well as giving the shark its famous scar. It seems everyone involved are happy with the end result and especially since they had many problems during the production. Best of all is that we get to see some of the deleted scenes from the film including the original helicopter attack under the water, which was cut because the producers needed a PG rating.


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