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Writer:
Alfred M. Sweeney (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1979 (USA) See more »
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Your vacation is about to end!!!
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A giant shark-like creature preys on a Hawaiian tourist community. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sam Bottoms ... Greg Oliver
Susanne Reed ... Rachel McNamara
Virgil Frye ... Earl Sullivan
Kedric Wolfe ... Oscar Forbes

Charles Howerton ... Dr. David Whiting
Denise Hayes ... Iris Lee
Chuck Doherty ... Ed Bennett (as Charles Doherty)
Helen McNeely ... Louellen Bennett
Ken Metcalfe ... Mr. Holland
Randy Taylor ... Jimmy
Dave D'Martyn ... Tourist #1
Clem Persons ... Maintenance Man (as Clem Parsons)
Peter Cooper ... Nieberg (as Pete Cooper)
Katherine Scholy ... Darleen
Ken Petruic ... Harry
Bobby Greenwood ... Tourist #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

R. Lee Ermey
Don Gordon Bell ... Drunk Party guest (uncredited)
Dorothy Burham ... Sandy Kane (uncredited)
Joe Crawford ... Extra (uncredited)
Phyllis Crawford ... Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles B. Griffith 
 
Writing credits
Alfred M. Sweeney (screenplay)

Anne Dyer  uncredited

Produced by
Rolando S. Atienza .... executive producer (as Jack Atienza)
Jill Griffith .... associate producer
Manny Norman .... associate producer
Cirio H. Santiago .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Horner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Remias  (as Rick Remington)
 
Film Editing by
Gervacio Santos  (as G.V. Bass)
R.J. Kizer (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Peque Gallaga  (as Maurice Gallagher)
 
Art Direction by
Ben Otico 
 
Production Management
Marty David .... production manager
Steven Kovacs .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Martinez .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Willie Arce .... sound (as Willie Archer)
 
Special Effects by
Santos Hilario .... special effects (as Sandy Hill)
Robert Short .... special effects
Chris Walas .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Arce .... underwater camera operator
Proceso Lázaro .... camera operator: second unit (as Ross Lazarus)
Patric J. Abaravich .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Restie Umali .... composer: additional music (as Russell O'Malley)
Restie Umali .... musical director (as Russell O'Malley)
 
Other crew
Bert Amazan Jr. .... script supervisor (as Bert Mars Jr.)
Peque Gallaga .... underwater director (as Pete Gallagher)
Sammy Umali .... production coordinator (as Sam O'Malley)
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jurassic Jaws" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
New World Pictures double-billed this feature with the superior David Cronenberg film The Brood (1979).See more »
Quotes:
Tourist:Oh my God, it's a monster fish!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Aquanoids (2003)See more »

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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
It was worse than you know, 23 December 2007
Author: agiyo from United States

I played the photographer in this torpid screecher. One reason the dialog is so stilted, is that somehow the sound track and the written script were lost. Weeks after we'd finished shooting, some of us "actors" assembled in a theater to watch silent clips, try to remember what we'd said, and dub that in. It's ad libbed, and the reason some people sound like others is that we dubbed for more than ourselves. The underwater scenes (I was shooting a topless babe named "Iris Lee" when the monster ate her, then ate me) were filmed in about 25' of water over a South China Sea reef, but the budget did not provide breathing apparatus for me. They gave me a mask and the 2nd stage of a SCUBA regulator with a red garden hose taped to it, told me to "act like I was breathing." At -15', with the most horrendous hangover I ever had. Then, the underwater camera not having been tested, the cinematographer shot everything off frame. When that was discovered, they inserted the red dye in an aquarium "death scene" from "Pirhana" and made do. There are shots of the ominous fin cruising cross-scene; you can see the wake of the outrigger canoe pulling it. There was a guy sitting inside the "fish" guiding it with a joystick; one afternoon he hit the reef, fell out the open side, and put his arm on a lionfish. VERY bad thing, the arm swelled to the size of his thighs and turned black but the Batangas Provincial hospital saved his life. Next day they moved him to a cheaper hospital! There was a lot more stuff, as you'd expect from a movie that opens with a pig intestine draped over someone's shoulders. I rated it 10 because as terrible movies go, it excels. It is so bad I think it deserves to be right down there with the Bush presidency. Chuck Griffiths and most of the actors in the film were great people. Chuck is far more talented than this movie allows him to show, and I'd like to visit with Suzanne Reed and Kedric Wolfe again some day, see how they've gotten along. Joe Cantrell

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