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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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  (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 | 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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bad Film, but not Fuller's fault, 2 July 2005
Author: merkaba_326 from United States

Contrary to the previous critic's statements, the end result of this film is not a reflection on Burt, the crew or the late great Samuel Fuller. This was a doomed project from the beginning. Fuller, recently returning from France, was all but blacklisted by American producers. His two previous films: Shock Corridor and Naked Kiss were too hard hitting and edgy for Hollywood producers. Almost completely broke, Fuller accepted an offer from two Mexican producers to adapt Victor Canning's 'Twist of the Knife'. Thus began "Caine", AKA "Maneater" AKA "Shark!", etc al. At the time, Burt Reynolds was only a television actor, with few if any real film credits. Silvia Pinal, who was great in Luis Bunuel's masterful, 'Viridiana' was terrific in Shark, as was Barry Sullivan as Mallare(who was also great in Fuller's, 'Forty Guns'). Ultimately, the Mexican producers/studio heads completely recut this film behind Fuller's back. Fuller denounced it, and with good reason. This film is bad, make no mistake. However, it was not Sam Fuller's fault, or Burt's, or Pinal, or Raul Martinez Solares, who provided the gritty, spooky cinematography for Shark. Shark is still enjoyable enough though. I would recommend Vodka or some aged Kentucky Bourbon as an accompaniment. Maybe some Bulleit on ice. Water-logged? I think not. This lil' stinker just requires a bit of booze and some willing cohorts.

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