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The Last Shark (1981)

L'ultimo squalo (original title)
PG | | Horror | 5 March 1982 (USA)
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
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Bob Martin (as Timothy Brent)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ...
Jenny Benton (as Stefania Girolami)
Gian Marco Lari
Chuck Kaufman
Gail Moore
Joyce Lee ...
Kelly Michaels
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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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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James Franciscus' trouser keeps changing from light blue to dark red in the same scene. See more »

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About on a par with "Jaws 2".
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Jaws" is the indisputable king of the "sea creatures attack" horror subgenre, but "The Last Shark" (along with "Jaws 2") is probably better than all the other "Jaws" sequels and countless ripoffs (and I say this having seen "Tentacles", "Tintorera", "Piranha" AND Lamberto Bava's "Monster Shark"). James Franciscus is an OK lead, and the film has good camera work and surprisingly clear underwater photography. Even the shark model they have constructed is not too bad; there is a great scene of it chomping a guy (who's hanging from a helicopter!) in half. Unfortunately, Castellari too often cuts away to stock footage of real sharks. In its defense, the movie itself acknowledges this practice, by having a character examining a videotaped attack say "You can barely see the shark", to which another character suggests "We can always use some stock footage. Nobody will know the difference". And it might indeed have been difficult to notice the difference, IF the footage was not so grainy, and IF the letterboxed version I saw didn't switch to fullscreen every time this footage was shown. (**1/2)


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