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Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976)

PG | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1976 (USA)
A man accidentally learns that he has a mystical connection with sharks, and is given a strange medallion by a shaman. Becoming more and more alienated from normal society, he develops an ability to communicate with sharks telepathically, setting out to destroy anybody who harms sharks. People enter into his strange world to exploit his weird passion, and he uses the animals to gain revenge on ... See full summary »

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(as William Grefé)

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(story) (as William Grefé), (screenplay) (as Robert Madaris)
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Sonny Stein
Jennifer Bishop ...
Karen (as Jenifer Bishop)
Buffy Dee ...
Barney
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Pete (as Harold 'Odd Job' Sakata)
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Charlie (as John Chandler)
Ben Kronen ...
Whitney
Paul Preston ...
2nd Patrolman
Milton 'Butterball' Smith ...
Butter
Bob Gordon ...
Bartender
Jerry Albert ...
Mate
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1st Patrolman (as Ric O'Feldman)
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3rd Patrolman
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Deputy
Bob Leslie ...
Client
Raff Prieto ...
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Storyline

During the Vietnam War, US soldier Sonny Stein is saved from a pursuing enemy by a Mako shark. He begins to appreciate Makos after that. After the war, Stein finds work in the Philippine Islands as a marine salvager. A Filipino shaman gives him a medallion that helps him develop a telepathic rapport with Makos. Once back home in Florida, Stein decides to become Makos defender. A shady scientist who wants to research the sharks and a strip club owner who wants to use the sharks in a stripping act try to get Stein to use his powers to help them with their plans. Furious, Stein turns on the two men and things get ugly quickly for all of them.

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Henry Silva was originally approached to play the lead role, but had to turn said offer down because he didn't know how to swim. See more »

Quotes

Karen: What are you, sick? You are a sickie!
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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bizarro Aquaman
17 April 2007 | by (uk) – See all my reviews

the protagonist of this movie is very much like his near-sexual obsession - the shark - as it is described: a "misunderstood predator". Added to this, as a vengeful crusader for shark equality he's not only a murderous psychopath, he's also an unfriendly, arrogant man with a big ugly medallion and no sense of humor. In this film humans and sharks both live in competitive worlds where hunting is both the business and the pleasure. Don't expect anything edifying. The dialogue is histrionic and combative with a few genuine gems like: "You are a SICKIE! Get out of here you SHARK-LOVER!"

Indeed, it's implied that sharks replace women for our curiously masculine anti-hero - ("I wouldn't be surprised if them baby sharks come out lookin' just like him.") In the beginning, he sits at a bar and watches a sexy woman on stage, as the audience hoots and howls. Later, the girl is replaced by a shark...yes, It's a feeding frenzy of abysmal performances!

I would recommend this film for one reason alone - the soundtrack. There are some nice ambient grooves in here, and more than one scene has music similar to Pink Floyd circa 1969, with keyboards from 'More' or 'Ummagumma'...only this is easy listening music for creatures with walnut-sized brains.


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