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Hunters of the Reef (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure  -  20 May 1978 (USA)
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Nice simple movie...
22 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off I have not seen this movie since it was aired in rerun probably in the late 80's on TBS superstation or one of those cable stations that still showed the old TV movies of the week. It seems that all these simple movies of the week now are gone and if one comes around it's pretty rare. It took over 20 years of searching to find a copy of this movie and I was lucky enough to finally see it again.

There's no complicated movie here just straight storytelling. All the actors are familiar enough and they do an adequate job. It's the same old story of the underdog going against the rich. When I sat down tonight to watch it I had forgotten how bad of an opening song that it has and I thought OH GOD this is going to be nothing like I remember. But as I settled back and just watched the movie for what it is I really got into it. The movie has a nice laid back feeling to it. The only actor or actress in this case that really sticks out is Mary Louise Weller she was a beautiful woman. All the other actors are good here there's no bad acting. But there's nothing new here that you haven't seen before. Michael Parks plays a ship captain slash salvager of ships and it's a race to find a ship that can be salvaged and of course there are sharks all around. This movie was made a couple of years after another shark movie you may of heard of it, it's called Jaws. Some how I bet you know the movie. Also Peter Benchley's name was used here as far as his involvement in this movie I have no idea. I'm sure they used it to try and generate interested in the movie since it was used as a pilot for an intended series that didn't materialize. The one thing that I was lucky about was the copy that I purchased was quite good considering that this movie is quite rare.

I wrote about another made for TV movie quite some time back that's it's nice to know that some of the simple movies that were put out in the 70's are not lost even if they were put out on TV. I feel that same way here that even though it's no great movie it sure put me in a good mood. I enjoy these simple old Movies of the week they remind of growing up in the 70's when time seemed simpler.


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