Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Peter Benchley (based upon characters created by), Carl Gottlieb | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Brody
Lorraine Gary ... Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton ... Mayor Vaughn
Joseph Mascolo ... Peterson
Jeffrey Kramer ... Hendricks
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Dr. Elkins (as Collin Wilcox)
Ann Dusenberry ... Tina
Mark Gruner ... Mike
Barry Coe ... Andrews
Susan French ... Old Lady
Gary Springer ... Andy
Donna Wilkes ... Jackie
Gary Dubin ... Ed
John Dukakis ... Polo
G. Thomas Dunlop ... Timmy
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Storyline

Four years after the traumatic episodes at Amity Island, that was terrorized by a 25 foot long great white shark that was devouring beach goers. After the shark was destroyed, Amity Island was at peace and opened a hotel at the Holiday Inn. Days after the opening, beach goers begun to disappear along with a half eaten killer whale that was beached. Brody, was getting concerned about those incidents and, felt that another great white is on the loose.

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One good bite deserves another! (1980 re-release) See more »


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When the crew had to go back to Martha's Vineyard for re-shoots in the fall of 1977, many of the trees had already lost their leaves. The crew actually put fake leaves on the trees to make it look like it was still summer. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen Brody is hugging an hysterical Tina on board Tina's boat, she holds her arms in an embrace, before putting her hands around Tina's head. In the next shot she is seen again holding her arms in an embrace as if the second shot hadn't happened. The shot after this shows Ellen again holding Tina's head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Martin Brody: Come on, come on, come on!
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Alternate Versions

There are five scenes edited from the theatrical cut of the film that were re-added to the Television Version:
  • Ellen, adding wine to the fruit punch, and tells the waitress to smile and look cute.
  • Brody, given Peterson a parking ticket because, he was parking at a "No Parking" zone. Peterson tries to talk Brody out of giving him the ticket, and a half-exasperated half-joking Brody tells Peterson to just "pay the two dollars."
  • The Council argues about the incident at the beach before Brody turns up with the photograph. Len Peterson wears down Vaughn until he agrees that action needs to be taken against Brody.
  • The Council goes into Mayor Vaughn's office to take a vote to fire Brody; Mayor Vaughn alone votes against Brody's firing.
  • The shark attacks the helicopter pilot, after capsizing it underwater.
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Connections

Referenced in Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac: Part 1 (1997) See more »

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The Girl from Ipanema
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Lacks Dark Terror Of The Original
29 April 2004 | by robc-11See all my reviews

While Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" a dark, scary, and gripping thriller, "Jaws 2" is a scary movie for kids who don't really want to be scared. The imagination and unique style that Spielberg put into the original is sorely lacking here; this is merely a teenagers-in-jeopardy thriller as hordes of sailboating teens are terrorized by the giant killer shark. Spielberg did not expose us to the actual shark until much later in the film, which added to the heightened tension. We see the shark up close right away in this film, and it's no sense of terror. The shark chomps on water skiers, attacks boats, drags a helicopter out of the air and into the ocean, snacks on scuba divers, and the day is once again saved by Chief Brody (Roy Scheider.) With all this chomping and chewing going on, "Jaws 2" is oddly ineffective and unscary. While alot of kids were genuinely frightened and scared by the original "Jaws," this sequel is more like a carnival ride that provides a few thrills but is forgotten after it is over. The music by John Williams is absolutely fabulous and the atmosphere is sunnier this time around, but "Jaws 2" fails to satisfy. It's just alot of kids screaming and falling in the water. While the original is a horror masterpiece, this is an O.K. film for squeamish little children.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jaws 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Okaloosa Island, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,866,023, 18 June 1978

Gross USA:

$81,766,007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,884,007
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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| (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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