[5][22] The request was declined by the Directors Guild of America,[23] partly because they would not allow a DGA member to be replaced by someone who was not one of its members, and partly because they, in the wake of events on the set of The Outlaw Josey Wales, had instituted a ban on any cast or crew members taking over as director during a film's production. It also stars Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey Kramer, Collin Wilcox, Ann Dusenberry, Mark Gruner, Susan French, Barry Coe, Donna Wilkes, and Gary Springer. [5] In the storyboard, it is shown that the helicopter pilot would have escaped and saved Marge (Martha Swatek) from being eaten after she saves Sean, and saves himself as well. [19], At this point, Spielberg considered returning to direct the sequel. The filmmakers gave the new shark a more menacing look by scarring it in the early boat explosion. The only pair whose boat is still seaworthy retrieve Mike and leave the others to take him ashore and get help; Sean and the others remain adrift upon the wreckage of tangled boats. The film, Jaws 2, produced by Universal Pictures in 1977, and released in 1978 portrays the real-life incidents that took place during the Second Amity Incident. The discussion became heated and a physical fight broke out, which Brown and Fields broke up. [7] It has been parodied in numerous films; most notably the tagline of the 1996 feature film adaptation of the television series, Flipper, "This summer, it's finally safe to go back in the water. Casting director Shari Rhodes, requested members of the Gulf Breeze band perform as the Amity High School Band, seen in an early scene in the film showing the opening of the Holiday Inn Amity Shores "Amity Scholarship Fund Benefit". Szwarc believed that the reduction of the first film's Hitchcockian suspense was inevitable because the audience already knew what the shark looked like from the first film.

After a short battle with the shark Brody was able to subdue the animal by electrocuting the shark with a loose cable from the nearby station. Only one drugstore allowed its windows to be boarded up for the moody look that Hancock wanted. Len Hendricks, who has taken over as Brody's replacement, tells them that Mike went sailing with his friends, so Brody and Ellen commandeer the police boat, aided by a reluctant Hendricks, to rescue them. 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. Citing a cover-up due to mafia and real estate developers interests in turning Amity into a more commercial region, Brody went into hiding following an interview with the NY times which was meant to expose the corruption on Amity and lead to Vaughn's impeachment.

[42], Szwarc said that the sequel's music should be "more complex because it was a more complex film". The site's critics' consensus reads: "Jaws 2 never approaches the lingering thrills of its classic predecessor, but it's reasonably entertaining for a sequel that has no reason to exist. "[63], DVD Authority says "After this one, the other Jaws movies seemed to just not be as good. Navarre's Holiday Inn "Holidome" was used as the film's headquarters, with the ground floor converted into production offices, and some of the Gulf-front suites remodelled for David Brown and Roy Scheider. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Although Jaws 2 received mixed reviews, it is generally considered to be the best of the three Jaws sequels. The film stars Roy Scheider[4] as Police Chief Martin Brody, with Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton[4] reprising their respective roles as Martin's wife Ellen Brody and mayor Larry Vaughn. In the film and novelization, the original shark has supposedly been killed, and people are now heading to Amity Island once more. He tries pulling them in with a winch but instead hooks an underwater power cable. Delays in shooting meant that Williams was forced to start working on the score before the film was completed. [35] According to his biographer, Scheider was so desperate to be relieved from the role that he "pleaded insanity and went crazy in The Beverly Hills Hotel". "[77], In 1985, MCA Home Video (then known as MCA Videocassette Inc.) released Jaws 2 on VHS, Betamax and Laserdisc, following its 1980 theatrical re-release. Jaws 2 was briefly the highest-grossing sequel in history until Rocky II was released in 1979.

Even worse, since the events of the first film are acknowledged in this one, the refusal of the mayor and council to act on Brody's warning a second time round makes them appear idiotic to a degree that effectively sabotages any halfway serious dramatic interest. However, his fears are confirmed when photos from the diver's camera are processed, and one of them shows a close-up of the shark. Universal rented 100 of the hotel's 200 rooms, spending $1 million. Mike is knocked unconscious and falls in the water. It was very inventive". "Universal Go Home" T-shirts began appearing on the streets in mid-June 1977. The plot concerns Chief Brody suspecting another great white shark is terrorizing the fictional sea side resort of Amity Island, following a series of incidents and disappearances, and his suspicions are eventually proven true. [5] The production "was a boost to the local economy because local boaters, extras and stand-ins or doubles were hired. Gone are the acrimonious wrangles and Select persons over noise and zoning regulations and this and that. It received mostly positive reviews, but the audience eventually panned it expecting a more substantial follow-up to the original film, Jaws. Although Universal president Sidney Sheinberg thought Sackler's treatment for the film was intriguing, he rejected the idea. In 1977, he had quit the role of Michael Vronsky in The Deer Hunter two weeks before the start of filming because of "creative differences". Additionally, Hancock ran into trouble with Sheinberg, who suggested to Hancock and Tristan that his (Sheinberg's) wife, actress Lorraine Gary (Ellen Brody), "should go out on a boat and help to rescue the kids."

David Brown says that they did not budget the film "because Universal would never have given a green light to a $30 million budget in those days. [5] He reinstated the character of Deputy Hendricks, played by Jeffrey Kramer, who had been missing from the earlier script. [56] A novelization by Hank Searls, based on an earlier draft of the screenplay by Sackler and Tristan, was released, as well as Ray Loynd's The Jaws 2 Log, an account of the film's production. Over the Bicentennial weekend in 1976, Spielberg had hammered out a screenplay based on Quint's Indianapolis speech. "[43], According to the liner notes on the soundtrack album, Williams' "sense of the dramatic, coupled with his exquisite musical taste and knowledge of the orchestra definitely stamp this score as truly one of his best." It was purported that Brody had gone into hiding following threats thought to be from organized crime syndicates unhappy with the real estate deals gone sour, as well as Mayor Vaughn not being re-elected for a third term. A meeting was called with the two, David Brown and Verna Fields, in which Scheider and Szwarc were encouraged to settle their differences. "[70] George Morris for the Texas Monthly preferred Jaws 2 over the original because it is "less insidious in its methods of manipulation" and "because director Jeannot Szwarc streamlines the terror ... By crosscutting among the teenagers, Scheider, and the officials' efforts to rescue them, Szwarc works up enough suspense to keep the adrenaline going. [5] Many of the teenagers were sacked, with the remaining roles developed. One proprietor said that he sold "Universal approximately $400,000 worth of boats and equipment". It attacked swimmers during the infamous "Second Amity Incident", and was later depicted as the predatorand antagonist in the film Jaws 2. The sharks for Jaws 2 were known as Bruce Two (the sharks for the original film had been nicknamed "Bruce", after Steven Spielberg's lawyer), but on set they were referred to as "Fidel" and "Harold", the latter after David Brown's Beverly Hills lawyer. [55] It eventually surpassed the $100 million with reissues, ultimately earning $102,922,376, and $208,900,376 worldwide. Marge, another teen, takes Sean with her, and they head out on six separate boats, going past a team of divers led by instructor Tom Andrews. Universal wanted a sequel to Jaws early into the success of the original film. "[62], The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 58% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 5.34/10. Because of his contract for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, however, he would not be able to work on the film for a further year, a gap too long for the producers. [67] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, "Some of the action sequences have been well staged, but they've been dropped into the film so indiscriminately that Jaws 2 never builds to a particular climax. [5], Although the first film was commended for leaving the shark to the imagination until two thirds of the way through, Szwarc felt that they should show it as much as possible because the dramatic "first image of it coming out of the water" in the first film could never be repeated. Meanwhile, the shark attacks the group, striking one of their boats and causing most of them to capsize or crash into each other.

During the years following the first 'Amity Incident', Martin Brody's eldest son, Michael, developed a keen interest in sailing hoping to inspire his father to return to the water.