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Jaws 2
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Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Produced by David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Written by Carl Gottlieb
Howard Sackler
Dorothy Tristan (uncredited)
Starring Roy Scheider,
Lorraine Gary,
Murray Hamilton,
Jeffrey Kramer
Distributed by Universal
Release date(s) June 16 1978
Running time 116 min.
Language English

Jaws 2 is a 1978 film, the first sequel to Jaws. It is set four years after the events of the original film. Its famous tagline is: "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..."

It is the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975). It was released in 1978. It is the second in the Jaws series of movies. These are based on Peter Benchley's Jaws novel of the same name. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc, Jaws 2 stars Roy Scheider as Police Chief Martin Brody. He has to deal with another great white shark terrorizing the waters of Amity Island, a fictional seaside resort. Jaws 2 was followed by Jaws 3-D (1983) and Jaws: The Revenge (released in 1987).

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Although the film was initially met with mixed reviews, many revisionist critics have since experienced a newfound appreciation for the film following its successful release on DVD. Many people agree that John Williams' score is more complex than the original. The film was the highest-grossing sequel in history in 1978 and an all-time top 25 box office champ for more than two decades. Jaws 2 instituted the now common practice of sequels as a film franchise.

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. It has been parodied in numerous films; the most notable being the one for the feature film adaptation of the television series, Flipper, "This summer it's finally safe to go back in the water."

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