Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.

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Lasky
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Kate
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Gabrielle
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Ann
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Paul Diller
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Dan Pastorini ...
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Warren
Charles Guardino ...
Lloyd
Anthony Steffen ...
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Fábio Sabag ...
Quintin
Jorge Cherques ...
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Chico Arago ...
Ben
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Tom
Sônia Oiticica ...
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Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.

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One of a cycle of 1980s and mid-late 1970s movies that got made after the box-office success of Jaws (1975). The films include that movie's three sequels, Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3-D (1983), and Jaws: The Revenge (1987), as well as Orca (1977), Piranha (1978), Tentacles (1977), Killer Fish (1979), Barracuda (1978), Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977), Blood Beach (1980), Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981), The Last Shark (1981), Up from the Depths (1979), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Screamers (1979), Devil Fish (1984) and Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976). See more »

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During Diller's demise, his hair is wet, yet right before his last struggle before he disappears under the water one final time, his hair is bone dry. See more »

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Hans: Are you sure there's no German blood in you?
Kate Neville: Hm-hm. I win my wars.
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THE WINNER TAKES ALL
Written by Barry Leng, Simon May, Guido De Angelis & Maurizio De Angelis
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Decent Piranha rip-off
27 July 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

As far as Italian rip-offs of American films go, this one is rather good. The film that is being re-imaged is, of course, Joe Dante's Piranha, and while the plot is clearly an excuse to cash-in; director Antonio Margheriti manages it to keep the film fun and interesting throughout. Margheriti is definitely a talented director; as shown by earlier films such as Danse Macabre and Seven Deaths in Cat's Eye, but he also has a tendency to take projects that are somewhat beneath him; films like this one. But even so, it has to be said that he does a rather good job, as he makes good use of his locations and the footage of the killer fish eating their intended victims is better than it was in Joe Dante's film. The plot focuses on a case full of pricey jewels that end up in a lake filled with deadly piranhas. These fish ain't no vegetarians, and they've been put there on purpose to guard the stones for one of the crooks. However, the case must be recovered, of course, and it's not long before all the major characters (which includes some fashion-related people) end up on a boat in the middle of piranha infested waters.

The problem with this film is that the jewel thieves side of the plot is clearly and obviously just an excuse to have a film with piranhas in it, and the whole piranha plot is clearly just an excuse to cash in on Joe Dante's popular film...so it all feels a bit pointless. Still, nobody goes into a film like this to see a life-affirming piece of art, and so it's more important that the film is fun to watch, which it is. Some of the dialogue and events leading up the finale are more than a little bit dry, but there's usually just about enough else going to keep it from drying up completely. There's not a great deal of gore involved with this film, and most of the blood is soaked in water. The film waits a short while before anyone is killed, but this isn't a bad thing as the plot involving the jewel thieves isn't too boring. The cast isn't bad, with Lee Majors and cult star Karen Black doing well in the lead roles, and getting support from the likes of Antonio De Teffè. Overall, when it comes to Italian cinema; there are a lot of films that should be seen before this one - but if you're running out of stuff to watch, you could do worse than this.


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