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.
Due to difficulties with weather and environment, most of the movie was filmed in and around Fort Walton Beach, FL, in the Northwest Panhandle. Many ocean scenes were shot in the Choctawhatchee Bay. "Cable Junction" was actually a floating set constructed for the film and kept docked at the Shalimar Yacht Basin when not needed and could be seen from the Garniers Bayou Bridge with its faux beacon flashing at night. Interior shots of the teen hangout where they play pinball were filmed in the original location of the Hog's Breath Saloon on Okaloosa Island. This business relocated to a new facility in Destin, FL, in recent years after the first site proved susceptible to hurricane damage. The original building was still vacant and derelict as of January 2005. See more »
When Brody sets out in the police boat to find the boys with his wife and the deputy, he has a green MA1 type bomber jacket on (which he left the house wearing). When they find the girl hiding in the drifting sailboat, he takes this jacket off and wraps it around the girl and hands her over to his wife. His wife, the girl and the deputy then wait for a nearby boat to take them back to land while Brody continues on by himself in the police boat looking for the other kids. He does not take his jacket with him and is seen only in his T-shirt and shorts. However, at the end of the film, Brody is wearing a green jacket again. However, this is an army type jacket that is a completely different style to the MA1 jacket, and has front breast pockets and epaulets (straps) on the shoulders which the MA1 jacket did not have. It is possible that this jacket was already on the police boat beforehand and Brody simply found it and put it on as the weather was changing. See more »
Scripted and shot, but never included in the final print, are more exchanges of dialogue between the teenagers, mostly between the not so introduced teens such as Lucy, Polo, Patrick, and Brook. See more »
No, this wasn't as good as the original, but it wasn't bad, either. In fairness, the audiences knew what to expect in this one and had already been shocked by the killer Great White Shark. Thus, it was no way audiences were going to react to the sequel as they did the first Jaws movie.
It didn't have Steven Spielberg directing, but it did have the same locale with same principal characters on "Amity:" mainly Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), his wife Ellen (Lorraine Gary) and Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) so one didn't feel as if this was a completely new film. There was continuity to it, and we have the same problem (a big shark eating people). The main difference is that it is just a few years after the first horrifying incidents.
This story mainly involves Chief Brody's teenage kids and their friends. Overall, the film moves a little slowly the first hour, but picks up dramatically in the second half. In fact, it turns out quite intense, just like the first film. The main mistake the filmmakers made - which they wouldn't do today, was that it was too slow for too long. That, and the fact that the area residents apparently had a short memory; unrealistically short.
Anyway, the shark looks more realistic.....and if you can hang in there, you'll be rewarded with some good escapist entertainment in the second hour.
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