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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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Peter Benton (as James Francicus)
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Ron Hamer
Micaela Pignatelli ...
Gloria Benton (as Micky Pignatelli)
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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
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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 <Blythe379@cs.com>

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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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Jaws (1975) was titled "Tubarão" in Brazil, so this film was released in Brazil as "O Último Tubarão". Hordes of teens who'd grown up watching edited versions of the Roy Scheider flick on TV rushed to the theaters to watch what seemed to be a part of the saga. See more »

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

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Jaws-lite
27 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Somewhat nicely done Italian derivative of 'Jaws' shares many of the same themes and set-ups and compresses them into 90 minutes, but is still worth a shot for advocates of Nature-Runs-Amok movies. As history states, this film was notoriously crowbarred out of its cinema release by Universal for being *too* like the Spielberg film (and also its sequel).

In its own right, 'L'Ultimo Squalo' is an entertaining - if not trashy - killer shark movie which throws in some of the typical Italian touches of humour and ambitious technical trials. The shark - when it appears - is only marginally less convincing than Spielberg's Bruce, but looks okay from high angles and while it's under the surface. Also, the stock footage of real fish is used to better effect here and shows the savagery of the shark attacking the many pieces of meat that varying characters attempt to lure the creature with.

Unfortunately, the evident budget used here hampers some moments: underwater and night shots are hard to make out and the toy helicopter that crashes into the water is pretty obvious. The shark chomps 7 people, drowns an 8th, and destructs a pier, a surf board, a couple of boats, and sub-aqua cave.

Final verdict, a nice distraction if you don't mind skipping some logic. 6/10.


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