Jaws 2 is a 1978 American thriller film, the first sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), and the second installment in the Jaws franchise. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc, it stars Roy Scheider as Police Chief Martin Brody, with Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton reprising their respective roles as Martin’s wife Ellen Brody and mayor Larry Vaughn. The film also stars Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey Kramer, Collin Wilcox, Ann Dusenberry, Mark Gruner, Susan French, Barry Coe, Donna Wilkes, and Gary Springer.
In the film, Chief Brody suspects another great white shark is terrorizing the fictional sea side resort of Amity Island following a series of incidents and disappearances, however, few believe him.
Like the first film, the production of Jaws 2 was troubled. The original director, John D. Hancock, proved to be unsuitable for an action film and was replaced by Szwarc. Scheider, who only reprised his role to end a contractual issue with Universal, was also unhappy during production and had several heated exchanges with Szwarc.
Jaws 2 was briefly the highest-grossing sequel in history until Rocky II was released in 1979. The film’s tagline, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…,” has become one of the most famous in film history and has been parodied and homaged several times. Jaws 2 is generally considered to be the best of the three Jaws sequels.
Jaws 2 was followed by Jaws 3-D and Jaws: The Revenge, released in 1983 and 1987, respectively.
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