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Jaws 2 [1978]

Director:Jeannot Szwarc
Writer:Carl Gottlieb
Howard Sackler
Composer:John Williams
Length:116 minutes
(1 hour 56 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:59%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Reaction: Fairly derivative of the first movie, with a little PTSD for Brody. Not enough new and lots of familiar and predictable.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Jeannot Szwarc => Director
Carl Gottlieb => Writer
Howard Sackler => Writer
John Williams => Composer
Ann Dusenberry => Tina
Barry Coe => Andrews
Collin Wilcox Paxton => Dr. Elkins (as Collin Wilcox)
Cyprian R. Dube => Selectman #2 (as Cyprien {Phil} Dube)
Fritzi Jane Courtney => Selectwoman (as Jane Courtney)
Gary Dubin => Ed
Jeffrey Kramer => Hendricks
Joseph Mascolo => Peterson
Keith Gordon => Doug
Lorraine Gary => Ellen Brody
Marc Gilpin => Sean
Mark Gruner => Mike
Murray Hamilton => Mayor Vaughn
Roy Scheider => Brody

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • [?] Erland Josephson was offered Richard Dreyfuss's role but turned it down with the word,: "I would rather have intellectual battles with [?] Liv Ullmann, than fighting with some shark." Ultimately, the character was cut from the film.
  • [?] John Frankenheimer and Otto Preminger were considered to direct.
  • Marc Gilpin (Sean Brody) claims that when they were shooting one of the scenes on the makeshift raft of wrecked yachts, they were being circled by a real hammerhead shark. The actors were scared and began to scream and holler at the production crew, which was filming that particular scene from a distance. The crew was oblivious to the danger and assumed the actors were simply "in character" and gave them the thumbs up.
  • The movie's tagline "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . . ", became one of the most famous and popular taglines in motion picture history. The blurb has frequently been spoofed and referenced in both social vernacular and in other movie promotions as well.
  • Many scenes had to be shot in the fall/winter months. As such, the actors had to suck ice cubes prior to takes to avoid having their breath seen on camera.
  • On the Brodys' front porch is a flower planter painted bright yellow. It is one of the barrels from the first Jaws (1975).
  • The picture was briefly the highest-grossing sequel in history until Rocky II (1979) was released the following year.
  • David Elliott (who played Larry Vaughn, Jr.) claims to have improvised the line "She has tits like a sparrow." He said [?] Donna Wilkes (Jackie) graciously forgave him for it, but he later remarked "I wish those words never left my mouth."
  • Roy Scheider was paid $400,000 to reprise the role of Chief Brody, four times what he got for the original film.
  • Jeffrey Voorhees, who played Alex Kintner, the second victim of the shark in the first film, offered to be an extra, but the producers thought he'd be too recognizable so they turned down the offer.
  • Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss were approached to direct and star in the sequel but production on Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) was running behind and they declined to participate.
  • The first Hollywood sequel to actually use the number "2" in its title, as opposed to Roman numerals. The first film to ever do this was actually the British film Quatermass 2 (1957) in 1957. Sweeney 2 (1978) was also released before this film.
  • Dana Elcar was originally cast in the role of Len Peterson, which was much darker than it eventually became. When Jeannot Szwarc took over the film and turned the character into a potential love interest for Ellen Brody, Elcar was let go and replaced with Joseph Mascolo, who had worked previously with Szwarc.