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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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Barney
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Pete (as Harold 'Odd Job' Sakata)
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Charlie (as John Chandler)
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Milton 'Butterball' Smith ...
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Bob Gordon ...
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1st Patrolman (as Ric O'Feldman)
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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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William Grefé paid three hundred dollars for the van that Richard Jaeckel drives in the film. Grefe subsequently sold said van after the movie wrapped. See more »

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Karen: What are you, sick? You are a sickie!
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DVD versions
18 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I just purchased a DVD copy of this film, having subsisted on an ancient VHS tape for a few years. Alas, the DVD appears to have been mastered from either very poor stock, or from a VHS tape. The opening sequence is almost unwatchable. Even the credits appear blurry. The picture is dark and seems out of focus. I don't remember it being this way when I saw it in the theaters. Then again, I was six, so what did I know? I still like the psychic/psychotic connection Jaeckel has with the sharks, although I could definitely lose the hokey "shark medallion" sequence, which accomplished nothing. I've ordered a new DVD edition put out by a different company. Both versions sell very cheaply on Ebay. We'll see how it goes.


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