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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

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 »


Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stuntman Jose Marco was killed on-camera when a white shark bit through a protective net and attacked him. Samuel Fuller had clashed with the producers on a wide variety of issues; when the production company used Marco's death to help promote the film, he quit. When Fuller saw the version that was released to theaters, he said it had been butchered so badly in editing that it was no longer recognizable as his film. He demanded that his name be taken off of it, but the producers refused. See more »

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Mildly enjoying shark/adventure film
5 September 2002 | by tilapiaSee all my reviews

Burt Reynolds (who never looked more homoerotic macho) plays an American criminal/gundealer in the middle east. After losing all his guns and money in a bust, he starts helping a beautiful blonde and her elderly sugardaddy dive for gold in the shark-filled waters of Sudan. What saves this pretty routine story is the "Fuller edge" put on the charcters: once again he is dealing with cynical, greedy anti-heroes, actually more complex than the lightweight story requires. Imagine a b-movie version of (the overrated) John Huston movie "Treasure of Sierra Madre" set in Sudan and with a bunch of hungry sharks thrown in for good measure, and you got a pretty good idea of what to expect. Also, it's interesting to see a pre-Jaws (pre-Jaws clone, pre-lousy italian Jaws clone, pre-computer animated Jaws clone...) shark-movie. It makes you realise just how groundbreaking Spielberg's movie actually was.

Conclusion: Director Samuel Fuller has made both worse and far better movies than this. If you're a fan of his, or simply want a REAL film in these days of plastic moviemaking, by all means check this out. You probably won't end up loving it, but you'll probably agree it's a perfectly acceptable way to spend 90 minutes of your life. Give it a try.

6.5/10


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