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Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)
"¡Tintorera!" (original title)

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Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.



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Cast overview:
Hugo Stiglitz ...
Andrés García ...
Fiona Lewis ...
Eleazar García ...
Crique (as Eleazar Garcia 'Chelelo')
Roberto 'Flaco' Guzmán ...
Colonado (as Roberto 'Flaco' Guzman)
Jennifer Ashley ...
Kelly Madison
Laura Lyons ...
Cynthia Madison
Carlos East ...
Mr. Madison (as Charles East)
Girl From Bar #1
Pamela Garner ...
Girl From Bar #2 (as Pamela Gardner)
Erika Carlsson ...
Anita (as Erika Carlson)
Manuel Alvarado ...
Naval Officer
Alejandro Ciangherotti ...
Fisherman #1 (as Alexander Chianguerotti)


Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.

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Every swimmer's nightmare See more »


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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tintorera... Tiger Shark  »

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1.85 : 1
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The underwater scenes showing the Tintorera are stock footage, and the shark is barely five feet long (although it is described as "the largest shark ever seen" at over seven feet long due to trick photography). See more »


Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


I Can't See Anyone But You
Music and Lyrics by Simon Bell
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When hot summer nights turn into cold terror... the overall feeling is a lot like boredom.
10 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film starts off promising. Right off the bat, we see the shark, a tiger shark to be exact (a.k.a. Tintorera), accompanied by darkly brooding theme music. Once the title hits the screen, the music changes into an upbeat jungle/disco rhythm hybrid... and disturbs the mood, completely. Potential is lost from here on out, and everything else escalates in a downward spiral... reminiscent of a "flush rinse", and about as enjoyable.

Our main characters, Esteban and Miguel, are a couple of happy-go-lucky/shark-poaching knuckleheads who love to hang out together, on the poopdeck... in the nude. Oh, and they also have a penchant for the ladies. The ladies must dig them for their lack of morals and hatred for underwear. The yachting type, to a tee.

ANYWAYZ... Our story continues to shamble along, and all the essentials are here: nude swimming, crazy sex, more nude swimming, gratuitous stock footage of sharks getting killed for no reason, dry land conversation that occasionally lapses into another language, a few chicks here and there, even more nude swimming, close-up after close-up of Hugo Stiglitz and his beard, yachta, yachta, yachta.

Fiona Lewis, Susan George, Jennifer Ashley and Priscilla Barnes are just a few of the lovely ladies, that join Esteban and Miguel, from one occasion to another. Summer flings don't mean a thing, 'less you got that love sting.

If you enjoy seeing real sharks getting senselessly slaughtered for no reason, then there is plenty to see here. One hopes that these scenes are stock footage, and not created for the purpose of this film. Either way, it is crass exploitation, at it's worst.

There aren't enough good things to keep this film afloat. Ultimately, the film's poster along with an interesting score by Basil Pouledouris, the man who would later give Arnold Schwarzenegger his trademark cues, with his score for "CONAN THE BARBARIAN", are the best qualities. A major waste. A good film could have been made, but wasn't.

Barnes, George and Lewis all appear in shoddy nude scenes, that may give this film it's only appeal.

As for the director, Rene Cardona, he has fared much better in previous films. If only he had teamed the shark against the aztec mummy, we might actually have something worth seeing!

Along with the equally uninteresting "DEEP BLOOD", this one ranks as one of the lesser films to come out of the "JAWS" knock-off trend.

Reporting from my schooner, sans clothes... -Nathan.

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