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...
After the sensational return to the screen of JAWS... what could be more terrifying than JAWS 2 Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... Coming sooner than you think Is it humanly possible that with all the sharks in the world, there could only be one as terrible as...JAWS? (trailer on DVD) One good bite deserves another! (1980 re-release)
Character Error The original Deputy in "Jaws" is named Len Hendricks. The same character is addressed in a scene with Mrs. Brody in "Jaws 2" as Jeff, 3 times. In the credits, he is now named Jeff Hendricks.
Continuity After Mike's friends pull him out of the water, unconscious, his head keeps moving further and further to the right. At one point, he actually picks his head up, and sets it back down.
Continuity After Mike gets knocked cold during the shark attack, he slides off the boat and into the water, but when the shark flips it over a moment later, not only is he back on board, but he is sitting upright as if he is awake.
Crew/Equipment Visible At the start of the film, as Brody travels to the party, an aerial view of the truck reveals the shadow of the camera perched on the railing of the bridge, along with several crewmen.
Crew/Equipment Visible In the shot where the camera is on the shark's back as it's heading toward Mike while his friends try to lift him up out of the water, a large crew boat is visible in the background behind one of the sailboats.
Crew/Equipment Visible After Brody crashed the police boat into Cable Junction, in the behind shot, shadows of the camera and crewmen can be seen on the stern of the boat, below the word "Police".
Factual Mistake Brody wears his badge on the right side of his chest, whereas all New York and Massachusetts law enforcement officers wear their badges over the left.
Most of the film had to be shot in the fall/winter months. So the actors had to suck ice cubes prior to takes to avoid having their breath seen on camera.
Earlier Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss were approached to direct and star in the sequel but production on Close Encounters of the Third Kind was running behind and they declined to participate.
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