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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
|Directed by||Jeannot Szwarc|
|Written by||Carl Gottlieb; Howard Sackler|
|Produced by||Richard D. Zanuck; David Brown; Joe Alves|
|Music by||John Williams|
|Edited by||Steve Potter; Arthur Schmidt; Neil Travis|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 16th, 1978|
|Running time||116 min.|
|Gross revenue|| $102,922,376 (US)|
|Preceded by||Jaws (1975)|
|Followed by||Jaws 3-D (1983)|
Jaws 2 is an American horror film of the predatory animal/nature subgenres. It is the sequel to the 1975 summer smash hit Jaws and was directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Unlike the first film, the sequel is not based on a novel and is a unique installment in what will become a growing franchise. The film stars several of the surviving cast member from the first movie including Roy Scheider reprising the role of police chief Martin Brody, Lorraine Gary as his wife, Ellen Brody, and Murray Hamilton as Mayor Larry Vaughn. Although the film is generally favored amongst critics and audiences, it does not compare to the iconic status of it's predecessor.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Production on Jaws 2 began on August 1st, 1977. Principal photography concluded on December 22nd, 1977. The film was shot at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
- Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss were approached to direct and star in the sequel, but production on Close Encounters of the Third Kind was running behind and they declined to participate.
- Jaws 2 grossed $9,866,023 over it's opening weekend on an average of 640 screens.
- Jaws 2 was released the same year as Joe Dante's Piranha, which was partially intended as a spoof on the popularity of the first Jaws.
- Final film work for actor Mark Gruner.
- Director Jeannot Szwarc also directed the 1973 television movie The Devil's Daughter as well as the 1975 sci-fi/horror movie Bug.
- This is the second horror film work for editor Neil Travis. He previously worked on the 1977 movie Snowbeast. His next work is another predatory animal film, 1983's Cujo.
- In one of the boat scenes a young man is seen reading the novel Jaws by Peter Benchley.