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The Last Shark (1981)
"L'ultimo squalo" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Thriller  |  5 March 1982 (USA)
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James Franciscus tries to save hundreds of swimmers in a coastal resort after a Great White Shark starts terrorizing the area.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Benton (as James Francicus)
Ron Hamer
Micaela Pignatelli ...
Gloria Benton (as Micky Pignatelli)
Mayor William Wells
Giancarlo Prete ...
Bob Martin (as Timothy Brent)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ...
Jenny Benton (as Stefania Girolami)
Gian Marco Lari
Chuck Kaufman
Gail Moore
Joyce Lee ...
Kelly Michaels, fourth victim
Don Devendorf
Bill Starks
Rita Martin
Lance Hilliard


An enormous and angry 35 foot Great White Shark takes revenge on humans when they build a beach just for swimmers by a coastal town. After several shark attacks, and the Mayor does nothing to stop it, James Franisscus and Vic Morrow sail in pursuit to stop it. Written by <>

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A quiet, restful summer in the lazy coastal town of Port Harbor is abruptly about to end. See more »


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When the shark eats the bait from the chopper, stage light's can be seen reflected. See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Italian Shark + American Lawsuit = Cheesefest!!!
6 January 2008 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enuff to see THE LAST SHARK on a double bill with BEYOND THE DOOR (an Italian ripoff of The Exorcist) ad as many have commented here - Last Shark was threatened with a lawsuit by Spielberg's studio and was yanked from theatres so it is not always easy to see it. For fans of bad movies that are soooo bad that they are enjoyably hilarious - this is a winner. There are many long, drawn out scenes where absolutely nothing happens and yet there are tons of scenes of really bad special effects, hammy acting, and some decent attempts at gore. I love the fact that they try and tie the whole plot around a WINDSURFING CONTEST! So lots of talk about windsurfing, who is the best windsurfer, how excited the whole town is, etc. Vic Morrow (god rest his soul) shows up as the obvious Robert Shaw Cap'n Quint character but Morrow (who appears good and soused) does one of the worst accents I've ever heard - sometimes it's Irish, other times it is a thick Scottish brogue, other times, who knows what it is - the mayor of the town - sorry the Governor in this version - is this fey, badly dressed guy who looks like more of a fashion designer than a powerful politico. The scenes of the actual attacks (especially when the Governor's snotty assistant gets it) is hysterically bad. So as long as you don't go in thinking you are going to see anything of true quality, you should have fun. It is a mess - a true frothy shark toothed mess!!!

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