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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.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Vincenzo Mannino (screenplay), Marc Princi | 1 more credit »
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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
Chuck Kaufman Chuck Kaufman
Gail Moore Gail Moore
Joyce Lee Joyce Lee ... Kelly Michaels
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf
Bill Eudaly
Bill Starks Bill Starks
Rita Martin Rita Martin
Lance Hilliard Lance Hilliard
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Storyline

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 quiet, restful summer in the lazy coastal town of Port Harbor is abruptly about to end. See more »

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Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Great White See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Released in Spain as if it was the third part of Jaws (1975). See more »

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

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Ron Hamer: It's not his hunger he wants to satisfy. He wants to kill. So you have two choices. One, get out of his way. The other, is to hold your ground and fire, and try to kill him because you do not have another choice. Any questions?
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Enzo slums it up
9 June 2009 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

I've no idea why a guy like Enzo Castellari would stoop to such a wholesale rip-off of the Jaws movies, but we're talking about the wacky world of Italian cinema, so who knows? Castellari never ceases to amaze me with his action-packed, stylistic films like Street Law and the Big Racket, and although folks say that he lost it a bit during the eighties, the Last Shark is the only film I've seen by him that's less than great (c'mon - Bronx Warriors and The New Barbarians are still a hoot, despite their limitations).

The plot is a bit of Jaws and a bit of Jaws two mixed together. We've got an Italian b-movie cast from heaven - James Franciscus (Cat o Nine Tails) is our hero, with Vic Morrow (Bronx Warriors) as the pseudo Scottish Robert Shaw facsimile, Joshua Sinclair as the troubled mayor torn between his polls and the safety of his folks, Romano Puppo as a shark hit-man (or something like that), with Giancarlo Prete and Massimo Vanni turning up as a ruthless film crew.

Basically: it's Jaws. A large Great White turns up in the sea outside of town and starts eating folks. The mayor doesn't really want to shut the beach due to an upcoming Regatta, and Vic Morrow offers his hand in wasting the troublesome fish. The plot is so nearly identical that Spielberg sued the film right out of the USA! It never come near the original's level of tension, and there's not much by way of shocks (the 'head popping out from under the boat bit' in Jaws is a classic), but I'd say that the Last Shark is mainly interesting for fans of Castellari himself, as well as his perpetually recurring actors. Every non-shark orientated shot is full of primary colours: blues, yellows and reds abound. There's a ton of style injected into these proceedings, plus plenty of Castellari slow motion, and the usual gore (though not so much as Jaws).

The Last Shark starts off well, slumps slightly in the middle, and picks up again towards the end when Joshua Sinclair tries his hand at fishing the shark out the water using a helicopter. Plus, any film that has Massimo Vanni being bitten in half earns extra points.

At the end of the day though, it's still a blatant rip-off of Jaws, and the low budget rears its head whenever shark footage appears, with some dodgy models and terrible stock footage. Some copies of this film are very dark too, which would hamper viewing (although the first version I watched, on Italian television, was as clear as anything).

For Enzo Castellari fans only - his mark is all over this film. Check out Vic Morrow's Scottish accent too! I've never heard a Scotman talk like that, and I live there!


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