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Sharkwater (2006)

An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide.



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Credited cast:
Erich Ritter ...
Himself (as Dr. Erich Ritter Ph.D.)
Boris Worm ...
Himself (as Dr. Boris Worm)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Moore ...
Himself (as Captain Paul Watson)
Rex Weyler ...


Sharkwater - The Story "An eye-opening film...visually stunning... this movie will change the way you see our oceans." - Bonnie Laufer, Tribute Magazine For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. ... Written by Sharkwater Productions Inc.

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Rated PG for images of animal cruelty, thematic elements, language and some smoking | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les seigneurs de la mer  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$37,140 (USA) (28 September 2007)


$30,626 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Followed by Sharkwater: Extinction See more »


Performed by Ali Farka Touré (as Ali Farka Toure) and Ry Cooder
Written by Ali Farka Touré (as Ali Farka Toure)
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Great message, if not a perfect execution
27 April 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A great documentary film worth watching for its education value on the topic of the shark-finning industry alone. It goes a couple levels deeper than the usual documentaries you'll catch on discovery channel type shows which made the film quite captivating. Underwater scenes are well shot, although if all you want is some oceanic eyecandy go see 'Blue planet' instead. The real worth of the film comes from some of the undercover and handicam shooting of illegal sharkfin set ups, boat chases, etc...

Director Rob Stewart does a bit too much mugging for the camera which takes some focus away from the sharks, and the way he ends it left me scratching my head for a bit. But despite that, you can tell he is passionate about this topic. His narration and on-screen presence isn't all that hard-hitting, though some of the footage (the finning sequence especially) makes up for it.

Bottom line: As a shark lover, if I had my way I'd make everybody I know watch this movie. I've always felt it a shame that because sharks aren't cute and cuddly they've been left on the back burner of public conservation interest, and I hope it's movies like this that will start to change that.

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