Jaws The Revenge (1987)

PG-13 | 90 mins | Drama, Adventure | 17 July 1987

Producer:

Joseph Sargent

Cinematographer:

John McPherson

Editor:

Michael Brown

Production Designer:

John J. Lloyd

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Jaws The Revenge was the fourth installment in the Jaws film franchise, which began with 1975’s box-office success Jaws (see entry). Actress Lorraine Gary returned to play “Ellen Brody,” her role in Jaws and 1978’s Jaws 2 (see entry). The 23 Mar 1988 WSJ reported that Gary received a salary of $594,000. Although she was the wife of Sid Sheinberg, head of MCA, Inc., the parent company of Universal Pictures, Sheinberg was not involved in the negotiation of Gary’s contract.
       “Michael Brody” and “Sean Brody” were played by different actors than in the previous installments. The 18 Dec 1986 DV indicated that producers were negotiating with actor Roy Scheider to reprise his role as “Chief Martin Brody,” which he played in the first two films. Scheider and the producers could not reach an agreement, so the “Martin Brody” character was said to have died from a heart attack sometime before the events depicted in the film. However, Scheider’s character is seen in flashbacks from the first film.
       Principal photography began on 2 Feb 1987, according to the 10 Feb 1987 HR production chart. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate the film shot for a week on Martha’s Vineyard Island, MA, then moved to Nassau, Bahamas, on 9 Feb 1987. The production shot in the Bahamas for two months, then moved to Los Angeles, CA, where filming was completed at Universal Studios. The production wrapped on 26 May 1987. The 7 Dec 1986 LAT reported the film’s budget was $15 million, while the 29 Dec 1986 DV ... More Less

Jaws The Revenge was the fourth installment in the Jaws film franchise, which began with 1975’s box-office success Jaws (see entry). Actress Lorraine Gary returned to play “Ellen Brody,” her role in Jaws and 1978’s Jaws 2 (see entry). The 23 Mar 1988 WSJ reported that Gary received a salary of $594,000. Although she was the wife of Sid Sheinberg, head of MCA, Inc., the parent company of Universal Pictures, Sheinberg was not involved in the negotiation of Gary’s contract.
       “Michael Brody” and “Sean Brody” were played by different actors than in the previous installments. The 18 Dec 1986 DV indicated that producers were negotiating with actor Roy Scheider to reprise his role as “Chief Martin Brody,” which he played in the first two films. Scheider and the producers could not reach an agreement, so the “Martin Brody” character was said to have died from a heart attack sometime before the events depicted in the film. However, Scheider’s character is seen in flashbacks from the first film.
       Principal photography began on 2 Feb 1987, according to the 10 Feb 1987 HR production chart. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate the film shot for a week on Martha’s Vineyard Island, MA, then moved to Nassau, Bahamas, on 9 Feb 1987. The production shot in the Bahamas for two months, then moved to Los Angeles, CA, where filming was completed at Universal Studios. The production wrapped on 26 May 1987. The 7 Dec 1986 LAT reported the film’s budget was $15 million, while the 29 Dec 1986 DV reported the budget was $18-$20 million.
       Seven mechanical sharks, or portions of sharks, were created for the production: two full-sized models, each measuring twenty-three feet long; two models for jumping and one for ramming; one that represented the top half of the shark; and one model that represented only a fin. The 7 Dec 1986 LAT reported that special effects studio Industrial Light & Magic repurposed the five-foot-long mechanical whale it created for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986, see entry) by adding a fin, and producers planned to use it in some underwater shots.
       Weather problems in the Bahamas forced the production to finish the shoot at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. A giant water tank was created on Stage 27 for filming underwater scenes, while the bay at Nassau was recreated on the studio backlot. Weather-related delays in the Bahamas also forced actor Michael Caine to miss the 1987 Academy Award ceremony held on 30 Mar 1987 in Los Angeles, where he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, see entry), the 29 Jul 1987 HR reported.
       The film had several titles during production. It was originally titled Jaws: The Revenge. Later, the studio toyed with calling it Jaws 4: The Revenge, but ultimately settled on Jaws The Revenge, without a colon. According to LAT, the studio ultimately opted not to call it Jaws 4, or any variation thereof, to avoid association with the poorly received third installment in the series, Jaws 3-D (1983, see entry).
       Jaws The Revenge opened on 1,606 screens on 17 Jul 1987, earning $7.2 million in its first three days of release, according to the 21 Jul 1987 DV box-office report. After seventeen days, the film had grossed $18.8 million, far less than studio executives had hoped for, according to the 12 Aug 1987 DV.
       Reviews tended to be negative. The 20 Jul 1987 DV said the film wastes “good performances on an implausible, poorly-paced story with one of the most preposterous conclusions of the genre.” Film critic Roger Ebert in the 20 Jul 1987 Chicago Sun-Times said the film “is not simply a bad movie, but also a stupid and incompetent one - a ripoff.”
       Jaws The Revenge was nominated for six awards at the 1988 Golden Raspberry Awards, which honors the worst in feature films: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actor ("Bruce the shark"), Worst Actress (Lorraine Gary), Worst Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), and Worst Screenplay. Henry Millar won a “Razzie” for Worst Visual Effects.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks: Scientific Consultant: Dr. John E. McCosker, California Academy of Sciences; Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, E. John Deleveaux, Deputy Director General; Board of Selectmen, Edgartown, Massachusetts; Boston Whaler, Inc.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Sun-Times
20 Jul 1987.
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Daily Variety
18 Dec 1986.
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Daily Variety
29 Dec 1986.
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Daily Variety
20 Jul 1987
p. 3, 54.
Daily Variety
21 Jul 1987.
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Daily Variety
12 Aug 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1987
p. 3, 42.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
7 Dec 1986.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Jul 1987
p. 1.
New York Times
18 Jul 1987
p. 15.
Variety
22 Jul 1987
p. 22.
WSJ
23 Mar 1988.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Joseph Sargent Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, Underwater unit
1st asst dir, Underwater unit
1st asst dir, Underwater unit
Dir, Aerial unit
1st asst dir, Aerial unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Video op
Video op
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Rigging tech
Lamp op
Lamp op
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Cam op, Underwater unit
Cam op, Underwater unit
1st asst cam, Underwater unit
2d asst cam, Underwater unit
Chief lighting tech, Underwater unit
Dir of photog, Aerial unit
1st asst cam, Aerial unit
2d asst cam, Aerial unit
Addl 2d unit photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Stand-by painter
Const painter
COSTUMES
Women's cost supv
Men's cost supv
MUSIC
Mus comp and arr by
Theme from "Jaws" by
Supv mus ed
Orch
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Utility sd tech
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR mixer
Foley
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff coord
Spec eff coord
Titles & opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Pilot
Scr supv
Loc contact
Loc contact
Loc contact
Prod coord
Prod coord
Assoc to Mr. Sargent
Asst to Mr. Baur
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft serviceman
Craft serviceman
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Casting coord (Los Angeles)
Casting (Martha's Vineyard)
Casting (Bahamas)
Marine coord
Asst marine coord
Asst marine coord
Unit pub
Loc auditor
Loc auditor
Loc projection
Security consultant
Studio teacher
Film processing
(Florida)
Dive master, Underwater unit
Dive master, Underwater unit
Diver, Underwater unit
Diver, Underwater unit
Diver, Underwater unit
Diver, Underwater unit
Diver, Underwater unit
Prod asst, Underwater unit
Aircraft mech, Aerial unit
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Underwater stunt sequences
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Peter Benchley.
SONGS
“Nail It To The Wall,” written by Arnie Roman and Stephen Broughton Lunt, performed by Stacy Lattisaw, courtesy of Motown Record Corp.
“You Got It All,” written by Rupert Holmes, performed by The Jets, courtesy of MCA Records.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Jaws 4
Jaws 4: The Revenge
Jaws: The Revenge
Release Date:
17 July 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles, New York opening: 17 July 1987
Production Date:
2 February--26 May 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 November 1987
Copyright Number:
PA412519
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo® in selected theatres.
Color
Color by Deluxe
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28688
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On Amity Island, Chief Martin Brody has died from a heart attack, although his wife, Ellen, says it was from fear of the shark. Brody’s younger son, Sean, is now a sheriff’s deputy and engaged to marry a woman named Tiffany. Sean Brody is sent into the harbor to clear a log from a buoy a few days before Christmas. As Sean leans over the boat to move the log, a massive great white shark attacks, biting off his arm. The shark attacks the boat repeatedly, pulling Sean into the water. Sean holds onto the log, but the shark pulls him underwater, killing him. Ellen Brody’s older son, Michael, flies in for the funeral with his wife, Carla, and their five-year-old daughter, Thea. They invite Ellen to return with them to the Bahamas. Ellen agrees, but tells Michael to give up his job as a marine biologist. She does not want her family anywhere near the water. Ellen has nightmares about the shark attacking her in the water and grows agitated when she sees her granddaughter, Thea, playing on the dock, telling her to avoid the water. Michael and his colleague, Jake, are working on a research assignment funded by the Bahamian Fishery Department. They have three more months of studying sea snails known as conches, but have run out of money. Jake proposes they apply for a grant from the Office of Naval Research, but Michael vetoes the idea, suggesting that the ONR puts bombs on dolphins. Ellen Brody spends time with a local pilot named “Hoagie.” She tells him the shark is coming after her, following her family, and wants revenge. Hoagie tries to distract her by ... +


On Amity Island, Chief Martin Brody has died from a heart attack, although his wife, Ellen, says it was from fear of the shark. Brody’s younger son, Sean, is now a sheriff’s deputy and engaged to marry a woman named Tiffany. Sean Brody is sent into the harbor to clear a log from a buoy a few days before Christmas. As Sean leans over the boat to move the log, a massive great white shark attacks, biting off his arm. The shark attacks the boat repeatedly, pulling Sean into the water. Sean holds onto the log, but the shark pulls him underwater, killing him. Ellen Brody’s older son, Michael, flies in for the funeral with his wife, Carla, and their five-year-old daughter, Thea. They invite Ellen to return with them to the Bahamas. Ellen agrees, but tells Michael to give up his job as a marine biologist. She does not want her family anywhere near the water. Ellen has nightmares about the shark attacking her in the water and grows agitated when she sees her granddaughter, Thea, playing on the dock, telling her to avoid the water. Michael and his colleague, Jake, are working on a research assignment funded by the Bahamian Fishery Department. They have three more months of studying sea snails known as conches, but have run out of money. Jake proposes they apply for a grant from the Office of Naval Research, but Michael vetoes the idea, suggesting that the ONR puts bombs on dolphins. Ellen Brody spends time with a local pilot named “Hoagie.” She tells him the shark is coming after her, following her family, and wants revenge. Hoagie tries to distract her by taking her for a ride in his small four-seat plane and teaching her how to fly. As they spend time together, Ellen begins to fall in love with Hoagie. Michael Brody is glad his mother’s life in brightening, but concerned that Hoagie is not the right man for her. One day, as Michael examines the conches on the ocean floor in a small, one-person submarine, a giant great white shark swims by. The shark attacks their research boat, Neptune’s Folly, then swims away. Michael and Jake are stunned by the attack, noting that great white sharks do not like warm water. Michael asks Jake not to say anything about the attack to his mother, however Ellen senses the shark is nearby. Jake wants to study the shark, suggesting they place a tracker on it. The boat’s crew drops bloody chicken meat in the water to lure the shark. When the shark comes for the bait, Jake shoots it with a spear, attaching the electronic tracker. After the shark swims out of tracking range, Michael gets back in the small submarine to explore the ocean floor. The shark returns and attacks Michael in the sub. Although the shark bites Michael’s arm, he gets out of the sub safely and swims along the bottom of the sea with an oxygen tank. The shark chases him. Michael swims into an old wrecked ship on the sea bottom to get away, but the shark follows him inside. Michael escapes by quickly swimming to the surface. As this happens, Ellen again senses the shark is nearby. Michael’s wife, Carla, a sculptor, creates a sculpture for the beach. At the dedication ceremony, the shark attacks a rubber raft Thea Brody and some other children are riding in the harbor. The shark bites and kills the adult riding on the raft, but the children make it to safety. Ellen gets in Neptune’s Folly and goes after the shark, intending to kill it. Hoagie takes Michael and Jake in his plane to search for her. Hoagie tells the men that Ellen is convinced the shark is following the Brody family. Ellen spots the shark and intends to ram the boat into it. Hoagie lands the plane on the water near the boat. Michael and Jake swim to the boat, but the shark attacks the plane. The plane sinks with Hoagie in it, but he escapes and swims to the boat. The tracking monitor indicates the shark is still nearby. Jake puts together a bomb and shoots it into the shark’s mouth. However, the shark grabs Jake in its mouth, taking him underwater. They assume that Jake is dead. Michael sets off an electronic impulse to the bomb. The impulse agitates the shark, causing it to flail about in the water, and attack the boat. The shark hits the bowsprit and explodes, causing the boat to rip apart. Ellen, Michael and Hoagie fall into the water, but a moment later, a badly injured Jake surfaces. Michael rescues Jake, while Ellen hugs Hoagie. A few days later, Hoagie flies Ellen back home. She is content, knowing she and her family are safe from the vengeful shark. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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