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The Shark Hunter (1979)

Il cacciatore di squali (original title)
A crusty recluse on a Caribbean island who is dedicated to destroying sharks gets involved in a hunt for buried treasure.


Enzo G. Castellari


Tito Carpi (screenplay), Jaime Comas Gil (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Mike di Donato
Werner Pochath ... Ramon (as Werner Pochat)
Jorge Luke ... Acapulco
Michael Forest ... Donovan (as Mike Forrest)
Patricia Rivera Patricia Rivera ... Juanita
Mirta Miller ... Rosy
Eduardo Fajardo ... Il capitano Gómez
Enzo G. Castellari ... Il killer (as E. Girolami)
Rocco Lerro Rocco Lerro ... Il picchiatore


Mike fa il cacciatore di squali, ma è un uomo misterioso del cui passato nessuno sa niente, nemmeno la sua donna, Juanita. Poi arriva Acapulco, esperto sub, che fa subito amicizia con lui. Ma la situazione precipita quando si presenta Donovan, accompagnato da Rosy, che in passato ha lavorato con il capitano Gomez per l'Organizzazione. Mike in realtà è l'unico a conoscere la posizione di un aereo inabissatosi con cento milioni di dollari e certo cento milioni di dollari fanno gola a molti, disposti a tutto pur di ottenerli. La caccia è aperta, ma questa volta non agli squali. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Release Date:

24 December 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El cazador de tiburones See more »

Filming Locations:

Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Future Mexican star Jorge Reynoso, playing a small part as a henchman, is not listed in the Italian version cast list, but is in the Mexican version. See more »


The opening credits list Patricia Rivera, but the closing credits list her as Patrizia Rivera. See more »


Il Cacciatore di Squali
Music by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis
Lyrics by Cesare De Natale
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Shark Hunters of the Caribbean: Diving for Lost Treasures
9 September 2007 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Guardians of the Deep" could more or less be described as a rip-off of Peter Benchley's "The Deep", only … this version is a whole lot better and numberless times more entertaining! It's a very silly and immensely grotesque adventure movie, with highly implausible stunts and unrealistic characters, but the whole thing is so spirited and so vividly directed by Enzo G. Casterllari that you can't help but be amused. Spaghetti western hero Franco Nero (wearing a blond wig that nearly makes him unrecognizable) stars as a treasure hunter on a quest to recover $10 million from a plane wreck that lies on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. The valuable loot is located nearby a shark-infested cave, but that can't be an issue, as Mike also happens to be a fearless and ruthless shark hunter who doesn't even hesitate to crash down in the open sea with a parachute to take on a Tiger Shark with his bare hands, now how about that?!? His search is complicated when other parties learn about the treasure as well, like a CIA agent on "holiday" and a bunch of corrupt local police officers. "Guardians of the Deep" features a constantly high level of spectacle & suspense and the film benefices extremely from the lusciously exotic photography by Raúl Cubero. This film is very beautiful to look at … and to listen to, as the De Angelis brothers' score is downright phenomenal and dreamy. Although not exactly a legit entry in the "Sharksploitation" sub genre (like "Great White", "Monster Shark" or "Tintorera"), this film contains some of the greatest and most masterfully enacted shark attack sequences ever in low-budget cult cinema! The sharks in the cave assist Mike during the finale and explicitly devour a couple of his opponents. The action scenes are impressive at sea as well as on the mainland, with tough macho fistfights, wild car chases and shootouts. This puppy is quite obscure and difficult to find, but worth tracking down if you like tropical settings, shark-action and Castellari's versatile repertoire.

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