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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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Sonny Stein
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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 ...
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Jerry Albert ...
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1st Patrolman (as Ric O'Feldman)
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Bob Leslie ...
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Raff Prieto ...
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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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Filmed without the benefit of cages or mechanical sharks to offer protection! See more »


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Two shark's tooth medallions were made for use in this film. See more »

Quotes

Karen: [Sonny suggests she swim with sharks like he does] You're not playing with a full deck!
Sonny Stein: Look, I'm not crazy if that's what you mean.
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Great Premise; Weak Execution.
14 July 2001 | by (Venice Beach, CA.) – See all my reviews

This cult horror flick has a memorable central character and some creepy shark-attack scenes, but its porno film-level production values and weak (I'm being kind) acting really bring it down. Better script than direction. Not without interest for 1970s drive-in movie fans, but the VHS copy I saw begged to be remastered and reissued. (Apparently Richard Jaeckel plays the lead, but the film was so dark I couldn't tell you for sure if it was him.) Would make a good double bill with Ben/Willard. 5/10.


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