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Samuel Fuller (screenplay)
Victor Canning (novel)
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Release Date:
8 October 1969 (USA) See more »
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A gunrunner loses his cargo near a small coastal Sudanese town so he's stuck there. When a woman hires him to raid a sunken ship in the shark-infested waters, he sees a chance to compensate for his losses. He's not the only one. | Add synopsis »
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"Just getting up in the morning is a risk." See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Burt Reynolds ... Caine

Arthur Kennedy ... Doc

Barry Sullivan ... Prof. Dan Mallare

Silvia Pinal ... Anna
Francisco Reiguera ... Yusef (as Francisco Reyguera)
Enrique Lucero ... Inspector Barok
Manuel Alvarado ... Latalla
Carlos Barry ... Runt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Chávez ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jose Marco ... Pedro - Diver in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Emilia Stuart ... Asha (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Victor Canning  novel "His Bones Are Coral"
John T. Dugan  screenplay (as John Kingsbridge)
Samuel Fuller  screenplay
Ken Hughes  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
José Luis Calderón .... associate producer
Mark Cooper .... producer
Skip Steloff .... producer
Original Music by
Rafael Moroyoqui 
Cinematography by
Raúl Martínez Solares 
Film Editing by
Carlos Savage 
Art Direction by
Manuel Fontanals 
Production Management
Herbert L. Strock .... post-production supervisor
Jose Marco .... stunts (as José Marco)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shark!" - USA (original title)
"Maneater" - , USA (reissue title)
"Caine" - USA
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92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (1990) | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 (video) | UK:PG (video) | USA:M | USA:R (re-rating) | USA:PG (video re-rating)
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While the plot is set in Sudan (North Africa), the movie was actually filmed in Mexico.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Just getting up in the morning is a risk.", 27 March 2010
Author: Raegan Butcher from Rain City, Pacific Northwest

Based on a novel (which I've read) by Victor Canning. Mexico stands in for a squalid town in the Sudan where a group of seedy characters are stranded. Barry Sullivan is the grumpy honcho with the shady moves. A fortune in submerged gold in a shipwreck in shark-infested waters is the prize. Burt Reynolds, channeling the Wages of Fear, has reason to sweat: he has to carry a long and boring sub-plot concerning his "relationship" with a scroungy little street kid until the main plot kicks in. Arthur Kennedy(I think he was supposed to be an Arab. He's wearing a fez, anyway) shamelessly hams it up as the town drunk.Sure, Burt Reynolds is trapped in the dead-end of the Sudan, yet shirtless in some tight white pants he comes across as cocky as his chest is hairy.

Sam Fuller's hard-boiled sensibilities surface in the existential dialog: "Just getting up in the morning is a risk." The main trouble with the film, aside from the horrendous post-production hack-job performed upon it by the clueless producers, is the dull and draggy pace. With a few judicious trims and without the wholesale chop chop this could be a much better film. Also the old source print is so dark at times it is impossible to tell what is happening. As it stands it is a curiosity, worth watching at least once, but nothing more.

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