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Shark (1969)

Shark! (original title)
A gunrunner loses his cargo near a small coastal Sudanese town so he's stuck there. When a woman hires him to raid a sunken ship in the shark-infested waters, he sees a chance to compensate for his losses. He's not the only one.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writers:

Victor Canning (novel), John T. Dugan (screenplay) (as John Kingsbridge) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Burt Reynolds ... Caine
Arthur Kennedy ... Doc
Barry Sullivan ... Prof. Dan Mallare
Silvia Pinal ... Anna
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera ... Yusef (as Francisco Reyguera)
Enrique Lucero ... Inspector Barok
Manuel Alvarado Manuel Alvarado ... Latalla
Carlos Barry Carlos Barry ... Runt
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A gunrunner loses his cargo near a small coastal Sudanese town so he's stuck there. When a woman hires him to raid a sunken ship in the shark-infested waters, he sees a chance to compensate for his losses. He's not the only one.

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Burt Reynolds is the bait...and a killer shark is stalking the water! See more »


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caine See more »

Filming Locations:

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Samuel Fuller didn't recognize this picture because it was re-edited by the producer. Fuller never wanted to talk about it. See more »

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Referenced in Archer: The Man from Jupiter (2012) See more »

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Caine
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"Just getting up in the morning is a risk."
27 March 2010 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

Based on a novel (which I've read) by Victor Canning. Mexico stands in for a squalid town in the Sudan where a group of seedy characters are stranded. Barry Sullivan is the grumpy honcho with the shady moves. A fortune in submerged gold in a shipwreck in shark-infested waters is the prize. Burt Reynolds, channeling the Wages of Fear, has reason to sweat: he has to carry a long and boring sub-plot concerning his "relationship" with a scroungy little street kid until the main plot kicks in. Arthur Kennedy(I think he was supposed to be an Arab. He's wearing a fez, anyway) shamelessly hams it up as the town drunk.Sure, Burt Reynolds is trapped in the dead-end of the Sudan, yet shirtless in some tight white pants he comes across as cocky as his chest is hairy.

Sam Fuller's hard-boiled sensibilities surface in the existential dialog: "Just getting up in the morning is a risk." The main trouble with the film, aside from the horrendous post-production hack-job performed upon it by the clueless producers, is the dull and draggy pace. With a few judicious trims and without the wholesale chop chop this could be a much better film. Also the old source print is so dark at times it is impossible to tell what is happening. As it stands it is a curiosity, worth watching at least once, but nothing more.


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