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||IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 from 12 votes
||Release: 14 December 1978 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
||Stars: Ann Dusenberry, Barry Coe, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Donna Wilkes, G. Thomas Dunlop, Gary Dubin, Gary Springer, Jeffrey Kramer, John Dukakis, Joseph Mascolo, Lorraine Gary, Mark Gruner, Murray Hamilton, Roy Scheider, Susan French
||Synopsis: The small island resort town of Amity is trying to bounce back from the financial troubles that suffered after becoming known as the site of shark attacks four years earlier. Mayor Larry Vaughn is welcoming developer Len Peterson and his new resort to Amity. Two scuba divers are exploring the area where the Orca sank after police chief Martin Brody killed a huge shark four years ago. A shark shows up and devoured the two divers, but not before one of the divers takes a close-up picture of the shark's eye, and sometime later, while a mother is driving a boat that's pulling her water-skiing teenage daughter, the shark devours the daughter and causes the mother to accidentally blow up the boat, then a killer whale is found on the shore with a huge bites on it. After Brody sees this, he knows there's another huge great white shark in Amity's waters, but Vaughn and Peterson explain these attacks away as non-shark accidents, because the thought of another shark in Amity's waters would drive... Written by Todd Baldridge
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*** out of ****
As a sequel to an immensely popular classic, Jaws 2 had a lot to live up to,
and while it doesn't reach the level of sheer terror of the original, it's
still effective in creating thrills, some scares, and excitement. The
biggest flaw is the pace, since the scenes on land drag on over and over.
These moments hurt an otherwise entertaining and often fun motion
The plot is mostly a re-hash of Jaws. It even takes place in the same town,
Amity. It's been years since the first shark was killed and Chief Martin
Brody (Roy Scheider) begins to have his suspicions of another great white in
the vicinity when two divers are reported missing, a boating accident that
results in the mysterious disappearance of a mother and daughter, and a
killer whale washed ashore with large bites all over it. Brody voices his
beliefs to the mayor (Murray Hamilton), who, along with real estate
developer Glenn Petersen (Joseph Mascolo), disregard this because of the
current production of a hotel on the beach.
Brody's constant paranoia of the situation eventually gets him fired.
Meanwhile, his two sons, Mike and Sean, sneak off to sail with a group of
other teens. When another shark attack occurs and is confirmed, Brody sets
off to find his sons before it's too late.
I've heard a lot of interesting things involving the making of this sequel.
Apparently, Spielberg and Dreyfuss were interested in returning, but
couldn't due to their filming of Close Encounters. The original story was
supposed to be more character-oriented, without as much focus on the teens
in peril, but when Spielberg had to back out the studio executives got
nervous and went with Szwarc to make a more formulaic and "effective"
sequel. Roy Scheider would be the only big star from the original who would
I'm a huge admirer of Steven Spielberg's film, and it would be hard for any
other director to equal, much less surpass, his filmmaking techniques.
Director Jeannot Szwarc does an overall solid job here. He knows what made
the first film effective and holds off long camera shots of the shark for a
while (in my opinion, maybe a little too long). The beginning of the film
does a nice job of creating interest and a good set-up is appreciated.
However, this set-up goes on a little too long. A half-hour would have been
just fine, but Szwarc takes nearly 75 minutes for the film to focus on the
shark hunting down the sailing teens.
You may wonder why I voice my complaint for this when in the original the
shark didn't make it's first full appearance until near the end. Well, in
that film's case there were three great characters (only one of whom
returned) and some classic suspense sequences to crank up the tension
(Dreyfuss and Scheider's exploration of the abandoned boat, anyone?). While
Szwarc should be noted for trying to build up momentum, he slows down
everything a little too much and thrill seekers looking for non-stop action
may find it disappointing, and it might be more up their alley to look for
Deep Blue Sea (which is considerably faster moving, though is an overall
It is initially interesting to see how this sequel builds up its story with
such scenes as the examination of a dead killer whale and a diver who runs
into the shark, and it is quite entertaining to revisit Amity again, but
Brody's constant back and forth debates with the town committee get tiresome
after awhile. We know he's right and they're wrong and the film makers
should have realized that these arguments get old quickly. To be fair,
Scheider's performance does put in a bit more tension into these scenes, but
it takes something more clever than that to keep things moving at a brisk
The film does finally get moving in the last 35 or so minutes, and it's in
those moments that make the film the overall effective sequel it is. The
constant shark attacks deliver the goods. Szwarc knows how to milk tension
into these scenes and doesn't disappoint. The finale is particularly an
exercise in creating seat-gripping suspense. It's almost a match for the
conclusion to Jaws. The final showdown between Brody and the shark is just
as memorable and edge-of-the-seat as his final confrontation with the other
great white in the original. John Williams' score is as effective as ever
and serves to heighten the tension factor by a notch.
Admittedly, there are some implausibilities abound. Great whites aren't
nearly that aggressive and for one that eats as much as it does, it's really
quite hungry. The shark even pulls down a helicopter in one scene to
presumably eat the pilot (In the TV version, there's an added scene of the
shark trying to chomp the pilot). Brody's plan to kill the shark relies on
quite a bit of luck, though I won't complain as much about this since it is
the film's highlight sequence and is an example of masterful
Most people tend to ridicule the visual effects in the Jaws series. In my
opinion, they're more effective and significantly better than CGI renditions
of animals seen in the more recent thrillers like Deep Blue Sea, Anaconda,
and Lake Placid. Szwarc's high angle shots of the great white are the best,
evoking a sense of terror by just looking at the top of this ferocious
animal. With an animatronic shark, it's not nearly as mobile as what can be
rendered by computer technology, but it beats having the animal look like a
refugee from a video game. There are also other things that set this film
above those aforementioned movies, such as restraint, seriousness, and no
annoying over-reliance on mostly unfunny self-deprecating
To mention how effective the script is would probably be a moot point.
Anybody watching this movie wants to see it for the shark attacks. Howard
Sackler and Carl Gottlieb do a reasonable job of repeating what was
successful in the original story without completely ripping it off. This
time around, there's no compelling monologue like Robert Shaw's retelling of
the fate of the men on the U.S.S. Indianapolis, but the screenwriters can be
credited for not writing any laughably ludicrous dialogue. When the
stranded teens argue, everything they say is reasonable within the context
of the situation they're in.
The film's performances are overall decent. Roy Scheider has always been
one of my favorite actors; he's easily the best here and is very good as the
man determined to save his sons. Martin Brody is still by all means a great
character, and Scheider's portrayal of him as an everyman caught up in a
terrifying situation makes it extremely easy to sympathize with him.
Lorraine Gray is decent as his wife and though she gets more screen time
than before she's still not given a chance to fully flesh out her character.
And, boy, we all saw her character develop in Jaws the Revenge, but we all
know how that turned out. Murray Hamilton and Joseph Mascolo are
appropriately sneaky and sly as the town mayor and real estate developer.
They're really not so much people as they are those who have to be wrong all
the time. It's a cliche, and it's not as effective as it was in Jaws. I
can't really say which actor who portrays the teens does the best job.
They're all fairly equal and they are pretty good at not annoying us, which
makes it easier to feel for them when the shark attacks
It's basically like this: when the film takes place on land, it's sometimes
slow-moving and not always interesting. When it's on water, it's often
exciting and tense, with suspense that sometimes equals the original. It's
definitely not as great a thriller as Jaws, but it is a worthy sequel and
certainly is better than the likes of Deep Blue Sea, Anaconda, and Lake
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, Barry Coe
, Collin Wilcox Paxton
, Donna Wilkes
, G. Thomas Dunlop
, Gary Dubin
, Gary Springer
, Jeffrey Kramer
, John Dukakis
, Joseph Mascolo
, Lorraine Gary
, Mark Gruner
, Murray Hamilton
, Roy Scheider
, Susan French
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