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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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The video was released in Japan as "Jaws Returns", a supposed "sequel" to Jaws (1975). The box cover art contains the same Jaws font and logo used on all promotional materials for the Steven Spielberg film. 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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Why Universal sued!
4 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a pretty darned good flick! When it first came out, it was a hit with audiences here in the US. It made almost 20 million before Universal won a law suit and had it banned. Why did they do this?

When watching this film, I only saw maybe a few "Jaws" references. When one looks at the movie "Cruel Jaws" (another Italian pseudo-sequel), one can actually see the blatant "Jaws" rip-off and copyright infringements! My God! That one even stole scenes from "Jaws"!

However, this one bears NO SIMILARITY to the movie "Jaws". The plot may be similar but having a similar plot does not constitute copyright infringement. Just look at the movies "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Puppet Masters" for goodness sake!

There are no similar characters except maybe the Quint character. However, Vic Morrow's character in "The Last Shark" and Robert Shaw's character in "Jaws" are actually direct opposites! I really see NO resemblance.

"The Last Shark" did not copy any lines (unlike "Cruel Jaws") nor did the mayor of Amity in "Jaws" go out in a darned helicopter to kill the blasted thing!

Universal sued to gain a monopoly! That's the bottom line! They saw that this movie was well received and began earning quite a bit of money! Oh, hell no! Universal can't allow another shark movie to match "Jaws" in revenue!

Watch both movies back-to-back and you will see that they bear NO resemblance in story or characters. They may share a "spiritual" connection but that is all they share. I wonder if the judge who sided with Universal was pressured??? Wouldn't doubt it! Many judges today would laugh at Universal and throw the case out immediately! Monopoly, monopoly, monopoly!


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