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Jaws: The Revenge
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Joseph Sargent
Screenplay by Michael de Guzman
Music by Michael Small
Cinematography John McPherson
Editing by Michael Brown
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) July 17, 1987 (1987-07-17)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $23 million
Money made $51.9 million

Jaws: The Revenge is a 1987 American horror thriller film. It was the final theatrical film to be directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the Jaws franchise.

Jaws: The Revenge was panned by film critics. While production of the other three films in the series took around two years for each film, Jaws: The Revenge was made in less than nine months. According to associate producer and production manager Frank Baur during the sequel's filming, "This (Revenge) will be the fastest I have ever seen a major film planned and executed in all of my 35 years as a production manager." The film was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards.


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The story returns to the Brody family in Amity Island. Martin Brody has since died of a heart attack, although his wife, Ellen (Gary), claims that "it was the fear [of the shark] that killed him." Sean (Anderson), the youngest son, works as a police deputy in Amity. Early in the film, while on an assignment to clear a log from a buoy, he is attacked and killed by a shark during the Christmas season in a graphic scene. His screams as he is attacked are unheard over the surf and carolers on the island.

Ellen is convinced that the shark had deliberately targeted Sean and visits her eldest son, Michael (Guest), in the Bahamas. He now works as a marine biologist and, fearing he will be attacked next, she hopes to convince him to take up a new job on dry land. She meets Hoagie (Caine), and they begin dating. After a series of nightmares and shark attacks, including one upon her granddaughter (Barsi), Ellen becomes convinced that the shark has tracked her family to the Bahamas. She takes a boat out to sea on her own, intent on confronting the shark.

The novelisation of the film (by Hank Searls) suggests that the shark may be acting under the influence of a vengeful voodoo witch doctor (who has a feud with the Brody family), and the shark's apparent revenge has magical implications, ergo the witch doctor is the 'revenge' and the shark is his tool.

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