[[File:Jaws-the-revenge-movie-poster-1987-1020200890.jpg|thumb|310px|Promotional Cover]]'''''Jaws: The Revenge''''' is commonly considered the fourth and final installment in the ''Jaws'' franchise. Interestingly, Universal largely ignored Jaws 3-D in press releases, citing ''Jaws: The Revenge'' as the third film in a trilogy. However, in its DVD release, the film was later marketed by Universal as ''Jaws 4: The Revenge''.
Like two of the previous installments in the franchise, this film also begins on the island of Amity. Sheriff Martin Brody
, has died from a heart attack and his wife, [[Ellen_Brody|Ellen]] (Lorraine Gary) is now the matriarch of the Brody family. Ellen now lives with [[Sean Brody|Sean]] (Mitchell Anderson) and his fiancée, Tiffany (Mary Smith) while Sean works as a police deputy with the APD. During Christmas celebrations, Sean is dispatched to clear a stray log from a buoy in the main harbor. As he does so, a massive Great White Shark unexpectedly bursts out of the water, rips off his arm, and then violently pulls him under the surface.
Ellen is convinced that the shark targeted Sean with a vengeance, possibly resulting from incidents portrayed in the previous two films. Not taking any chances, Ellen decides to go to The Bahamas to spend time with her older son Michael (Lance Guest), her daughter-in-law Carla (Karen Young), and their five year old daughter, Thea (Judith Barsi). More so then to escape the shark, Ellen likely uses the trip to clear her fears believing the shark cannot possibly follow her to the Caribbean. There Ellen meets a carefree English airplane pilot named [[Hoagie]] (Michael Caine). Michael and his friends Jake (Mario Van Peebles), William and Clarence work as marine biologists. Thea enjoys her Christmas in the Caribbean, but seems to spend more time with Michael, Jake and Jake's wife while Ellen seems to be withdrawn, staring at the ocean. Carla wonders about Ellen, whereas Michael chalks it up to depression over his brother's death.
Taking advantage of the shark’s diversion, Ellen steers the boat into it and stabs the beast with the broken bowsprit, creating an explosive result and the sharks’ apparent demise. The shark is then seen sinking with the ship. Later Jake surfaces and appears mauled but alive. At the end of the film, Ellen is flown back to Amity Island by Hoagie then waves goodbye to Michael, Carla and Thea who return to the Bahamas.
Although supported by a powerful studio marketing campaign, ''Jaws: The Revenge'' was unfortunately a box-office disappointment, and
received largely negative reviews from critics. Currently it holds a rare 0% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. And though being labeled "the worst film ever made", the film has surprisingly become something of a cult favorite amongst its few admirers, and the brunt of often hilarious parodies. In fact many now consider the resulting humor to be slightly more entertaining than than the actual film. Cable television shows like 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' have used it as voice over fodder to great effect. The film is considered the worst sequel in the franchise amongst most serious fans of the franchise.
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