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Release Date:
22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Terror just beneath the surface
Plot:
A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Michael Anderson 
 
Writing credits
Luciano Vincenzoni  story and screenplay and
Sergio Donati 

Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Luciano Vincenzoni .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
J. Barry Herron 
Ted Moore 
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Marion Rothman 
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
 
Art Direction by
Ferdinando Giovannoni 
Boris Juraga 
 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
Armando Scarano 
 
Costume Design by
Jost Jakob 
 
Makeup Department
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pino Butti .... unit production manager
Roberto de Laurentiis .... unit production manager
Les Kimber .... unit production manager
Stanley Neufeld .... production manager: Canada
William O'Sullivan .... production manager: Canada
Phil Tucker .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... second assistant director
Flondar Brunelli .... assistant director: second unit
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director
Rob Lockwood .... assistant director: second unit
Terry Needham .... second assistant director
Folco Quilici .... second unit director
Folco Quilici .... underwater unit director
 
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master (as Allan Jack Gordon)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Bill MacSems .... property master
Guglielmo Modestini .... set painter
Aldo Puccini .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
John Bramall .... sound mixer
Bill Cook .... boom operator (as William Cook)
Trevor Pyke .... sound re-recording mixer
Winston Ryder .... sound effects
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound effects (as Nick Stevenson)
 
Special Effects by
Giuseppe Carozza .... mechanical effects
Jim Hole .... mechanical effects
Alex Weldon .... special effects (as Alex C. Weldon)
 
Visual Effects by
Fernando Valento .... miniature coordinator
Frank Van der Veer .... photographic effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Emilio Messina .... underwater stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunt double
Romano Puppo .... stunt coordinator
Max Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Alfonso Avincola .... still photographer
Roger Berner .... assistant camera
Vittorio Dragonetti .... underwater camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Ray Hall .... key grip
John Harris .... camera operator (as John S. Harris)
Ignazio Maccarone .... underwater gaffer
Massimiliano Sano .... assistant underwater camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller
Bob Bremner .... best boy (uncredited)
Michel Paul Bélisle .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Hickinbotham .... wardrobe assistant
Philippe Pickford .... wardrobe
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Sergio Marcotulli .... music recordist
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Percy Edwards .... whale vocalizations (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity supervisor
Sonny Allen .... director of training: marine world
Rinaldo Campoli .... chemical effects
Lou Dyer .... unit publicist
Gordon K. Kee .... production auditor (as Gordon Kee)
Morrie Nierenberg .... location auditor (as Morris Nierenburg)
Jack Piler .... unit publicist
Giuliano Principato .... production assistant
Frank Strzalkowski .... marine mammal trainer: marine world
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
Ron Taylor .... shark sequence: Australia
Lester Simms .... boat captain (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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92 min
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Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG
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Trivia:
In the mid-1980s, Dino De Laurentiis considered a sequel to King Kong (1976) that would've had him go head-to-head with an orca.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Nolan yells for the ship to go hard to port, he points to his right, which would be starboard.See more »
Quotes:
Umilak:It is known that they have great memory and even after many years they will always remember the human being who has tried to harm them.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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27 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
MUCH MORE REALISTIC THAN "JAWS"., 19 March 2004
Author: cclennon (cclennon@yahoo.com) from albuquerque, new mexico

First off, i saw this film over a decade ago, so don't expect a full autopsy on how 70's the film was, or the plot holes. Looking back at these reviews, i must say that my memory of the plot is pretty good. Personally, when i saw this film I thought it to be pretty intense. The plot was not entirely bad. Sure it was inplausible that richard harris picked on the one genius killer whale in the whole atlantic. But am i to believe that non-human animals don't have emotions that include vengeance? No, i don't believe that at all. We hairless primates should learn not to ascribe any moderately complex emotion solely under the category "human".

To me, the real strength of this film was its allegory to the destruction of nature. I don't think it entirely inplausible that the writer wanted to symbolize the strife between man's greed, and the annhilation of this planet's animals and ecosystems. The point could have been, that our own planet at some critical point might strike out at us.

And come on you guys, after watching "JAWS" you want killer animal flicks that conform to modern day science? You're telling me that great whites do, in fact, stalk tourist filled beaches as if they were seal colonies? Now look who's living in the 70's.....

peace.

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