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Mako: The Jaws of Death ()


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A man accidentally learns that he has a mystical connection with sharks, and is given a strange medallion by a shaman. Becoming more and more alienated from normal society, he develops an ability to communicate with sharks telepathically,... See more »

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Sonny Stein
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Karen (as Jenifer Bishop)
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Barney
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Pete (as Harold 'Odd Job' Sakata)
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Charlie (as John Chandler)
Ben Kronen ...
Whitney
Paul Preston ...
2nd Patrolman
Milton 'Butterball' Smith ...
Butter
Bob Gordon ...
Bartender
Jerry Albert ...
Mate
George Johnson ...
Captain
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1st Patrolman (as Ric O'Feldman)
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3rd Patrolman
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Deputy
Bob Leslie ...
Client
Raff Prieto ...
Attendant
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Secretary (as Marcie Knight)
Dete Parsons ...
Helper
Dick Sterling ...
Tourist (as Richard Sterling)
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1st Man
Jack Nagle ...
2nd Man
Don Sebastian ...
Customer
Arthur C. Gulliver Jr. ...
1st Vigilante
Courtney Brown ...
2nd Vigilante
Herb Goldstein ...
Fisherman
Lucille Blackton ...
Annie

Directed by

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William Grefé ... (directed by) (as William Grefe')

Written by

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William Grefé ... (story by) (as William Grefe')
 
Robert W. Morgan ... (screen play by) (as Robert Madaris)

Produced by

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Bob Bagley ... associate producer
William Grefé ... producer (produced by) (as William Grefe')
Doro Vlado Hreljanovic ... executive producer (as Doro V. Hreljanovic)
Paul Joseph ... executive producer (as Paul A. Joseph)
Robert Plumb ... associate producer

Music by

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William Loose
Paul Ruhland

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Julio C. Chávez ... director of photography (as Julio C. Chavez)

Film Editing by

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Julio C. Chávez ... (as Julio C. Chavez)
Ronald Sinclair

Editorial Department

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Michael Hoyt ... assistant editor (as Michael R. Hoyt)
Lynn Manwaring ... post production
Lawrence Marinelli Jr. ... post production (as Lawrence Marinelli)
Rudolph Marinelli ... post production

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Roger C. Sherman ... (as Roger Carlton Sherman)

Makeup Department

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Susan Kuennen ... makeup artist
Gary Walker ... hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Adrienne Bourbeau ... first assistant director
Gayle DeCamp ... first assistant director (as Gayle De Camp)
George Marvin ... second assistant director

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Kurt Nagel ... props (as Kurt Nagle)

Sound Department

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Bernie Blynder ... sound (as Bernard Blynder)
Scott Blynder ... boom operator (as Michael S. Blynder)

Stunts

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Gay Ingram ... stunts: underwater
Reed Parham ... stunts: underwater (as James Reed Parham)

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Reginald Callahan ... generator operator
Lane Chiles ... gaffer
Emil Deaton ... still photographer
Robert N. Gersicoff ... assistant camera (as Robert Gersicoff)
Michael H. Goad ... grip
Jon R. Grinter ... grip
Jordan Klein Sr. ... director of underwater photography (as Jordon Klein) / underwater camera operator (as Jordon Klein)
Santiago Perales ... gaffer (as Sandy Perales)
Gerald Rhodes ... grip (as Jerry Rhodes)
William Walsh ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Heather Hughes ... wardrobe

Location Management

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B.J. Johnson ... location manager: underwater

Script and Continuity Department

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Betty Kerwin ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Eddie Bykiewicz ... transportation
Rocky Parker ... transportation

Additional Crew

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Courtney Brown ... shark handler
Ernest Colonna ... assistant to producer (as Ernest Colonna Jr.)
Marlene Ginsberg ... assistant to producer
Grace Grefé ... location accountant
Jerry Klay ... shark handler
Artie Malesci ... shark handler (as Artie Maleschi)
John McLaughlin ... chief diver (as Big John McLaughlin) / shark handler (as Big John McLaughlin)
Sheila Owens ... production secretary
Pat Starbeck ... boat operator

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Plot Summary

During the Vietnam War, US soldier Sonny Stein is saved from a pursuing enemy by a Mako shark. He begins to appreciate Makos after that. After the war, Stein finds work in the Philippine Islands as a marine salvager. A Filipino shaman gives him a medallion that helps him develop a telepathic rapport with Makos. Once back home in Florida, Stein decides to become Makos defender. A shady scientist who wants to research the sharks and a strip club owner who wants to use the sharks in a stripping act try to get Stein to use his powers to help them with their plans. Furious, Stein turns on the two men and things get ugly quickly for all of them.

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Also Known As
  • Killer Jaws (Philippines, English title)
  • Les Mâchoires infernales (France)
  • Mako, el tiburón de la muerte (Spain)
  • Sta dontia tou lefkou karharia (Greece)
  • Sti folia tou dolofonou karharia (Greece)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia According to numerous interviews with director William Grefé, star Richard Jaeckel only flubbed one single line of dialogue throughout the shooting of the whole picture. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'Mako: The Jaws of Death' (1976). See more »
Quotes Karen: [Sonny suggests she swim with sharks like he does] You're not playing with a full deck!
Sonny Stein: Look, I'm not crazy if that's what you mean.
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