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The Last Shark (1981)

L'ultimo squalo (original title)
PG | | Horror | 5 March 1982 (USA)
James Franciscus tries to save hundreds of swimmers in a coastal resort after a Great White Shark starts terrorizing the area.


Enzo G. Castellari


Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay), Marc Princi | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franciscus ... Peter Benton (as James Francicus)
Vic Morrow ... Ron Hamer
Micaela Pignatelli ... Gloria Benton (as Micky Pignatelli)
Joshua Sinclair ... Mayor William Wells
Giancarlo Prete ... Bob Martin (as Timothy Brent)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ... Jenny Benton (as Stefania Girolami)
Gian Marco Lari ... William 'Billy Joe' Wells Jr.
Chuck Kaufman Chuck Kaufman ... Dave
Gail Moore Gail Moore ... Secretary
Joyce Lee Joyce Lee ... Kelly Michaels
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf ... Ned
Bill Eudaly ... Chris Olsen
Bill Starks Bill Starks ... Cameraman
Rita Martin Rita Martin
Lance Hilliard Lance Hilliard


An enormous and angry 35 foot Great White Shark takes revenge on humans when they build a beach just for swimmers by a coastal town. After several shark attacks, and the Mayor does nothing to stop it, James Franisscus and Vic Morrow sail in pursuit to stop it. Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC. See more »


James Franciscus' trouser keeps changing from light blue to dark red in the same scene. See more »


Peter Benton: [looking at a chewed up surf board] One thing's for sure, it wasn't a floatin chainsaw.
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Referenced in Great White: The Legacy (2013) See more »

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The Last Shark is a cheesy good time!
2 January 2008 | by hypostylinSee all my reviews

The Last Shark would actually be pretty great if it had a better editor: the heroes leave port to kill the shark and return unsuccessfully so many times it will make you seasick. However, this is still an enjoyable Italian rip-off of Jaws (and Jaws 2, for that matter), featuring some decent attack sequences and gory moments, not to mention Vic Morrow as a hilarious ersatz Captain Quint.

One great thing about the shark in this film is that it appears to be jet-propelled (at least that's what it sounds like when its conical head breaks the surface) and has the ability to blast watercrafts fifteen feet into the air. Hilarious! If you're looking for camp, The Last Shark certainly doesn't disappoint.

And, while the animatronic shark isn't on par with Bruce from Jaws, it's not bad for a knock-off.

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5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Great White See more »

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