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Shark Attack (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Action  -  28 May 1999 (Thailand)
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In a once serene African fishing village, a marine biologist goes in search of some answers when his friend becomes a victim in one of a series of brutal shark attacks.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cordell McQueen ...
Marc Desantis
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Steven McKray
Chris Olley ...
Police Chief
Jacob Makgoba ...
Machete Policeman
Paul Ditchfield ...
Professor Bookman
Shelley Meskin ...
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Candice Berman ...
Second Pretty Co-Ed
Bentley Mitchum ...
Dr. Miles Craven
Simo Magwase ...
Tanka
Willie ...
Boat Captain
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Lawrence Rhodes
Anton Dekker ...
Jan
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Mani (as Toni Caprari)
Dave Ridley ...
Mr. Hacker
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Corine Desantis (as Jennifer McShane)
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A marine biologist heads for Port Amanzi in Africa after his friend, Mark DeSantis, is supposedly a victim of a fatal shark attack. DeSantis had been conducting research on a series of shark attacks in the area prior to his death and now his friend, along with DeSantis' sister, takes up the research and finds that the sharks may not be the only threat in Port Amanzi. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Alerte aux requins  »

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Goofs

When Corinne looks down the microscope, she says that there is a hormone in the unusual-looking cell. You would not be able to see a hormone through a microscope and the cell is quite clearly a normal-looking eosinophil. See more »

Quotes

Corinne Desantis: I'm sorry you were my brother's best friend.
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Port Amanzi is a fictitious name created for the filming location of Port Alfred, South Africa, where no real shark attacks have occurred. See more »

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Referenced in Shark Attack 2 (2000) See more »

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The dawn of a new shark film franchise
9 July 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the first in the shark movie renaissance, which spawned a dozen or so sequels and rip-offs, this South African inspired crime caper is less than deserving of its parental status. Some effective (if sparse) attack scenes are woven into the fabric of a dreary drug cartel storyline, in which enemies and threats are summarily executed by way of genetically enhanced (what else) sharks, common to the waters off the South African coast. Former "Ghostbuster" Ernie Hudson pops up periodically as the corrupt police chief in cahoots with Bentley Mitchum (Robert's grand-son via son and former actor Chris), who creates havoc with his chemistry kit, turning the local sharks into hormone enriched machines with appetites to match.

Action man Van Dien is the mild mannered marine biologist investigating the goings on with the local marine ecology, and the mysterious disappearance of his friend and peer, last seen documenting the strange phenomena. Lush, deep colour tones in the photography offer a stylish, realistic appearance above ground, whereas underwater the action is limited to tired stock footage.

While it's the first in a franchise of profitable "Shark Attack" movies, there's nothing more than timing and the catchy title to mark the mediocre debut. The subsequent resurgence of shark fanaticism that gripped the direct-to-DVD market since the turn of the century, is traceable to this otherwise unremarkable pot-boiler, and that's its only claim to fame.


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