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Night of the Sharks (1988)

La notte degli squali (original title)
PG-13 | | Action | 1 April 1988 (Italy)
David must fight for his life against the gangsters who killed his brother for a CD filled with proof of their illegal activities. When David gets possession of the CD they go down to ... See full summary »

Director:

Tonino Ricci (as Anthony Richmond)

Writers:

Tito Carpi, Tonino Ricci (story)
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Cast overview:
Treat Williams ... David Ziegler
Janet Agren ... Liz Ziegler
Antonio Fargas ... Paco
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ... (as Steve Elliot)
Egidio Termine Egidio Termine
Nina Soldano Nina Soldano ... Juanita
Sal Borgese ... Garcia
Carlo Mucari Carlo Mucari ... James Ziegler (as Charles Mucary)
John Steiner ... Rosentski
Christopher Connelly ... Father Mattia
Ivano Silveri Ivano Silveri
Rinaldo Zamperla Rinaldo Zamperla
Franco Ukmar Franco Ukmar
Ferdinando Tomassini Ferdinando Tomassini
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David must fight for his life against the gangsters who killed his brother for a CD filled with proof of their illegal activities. When David gets possession of the CD they go down to Mexico where David lives as a shark hunter. Who will get David first, the gangsters or the shark? Written by kers10@quixnet.net

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Still waters run deep, dark and deadly.

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Action

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain | Mexico

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 April 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Sharks See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Available in both R and PG-13 rated versions. See more »

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The Media VHS, along with various public domain DVDs of the film, is missing 8 minutes of footage from the original film. The Japanese VHS and the Italian DVD both have the full 95 minute version. See more »

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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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Fishing for So-Bad-It's-Good? Fish elsewhere :(
25 January 2017 | by ccatiller12See all my reviews

I wanted this movie to be a "so bad it's good" gem very much. The cover looked like a classic 80s cheese-fest that would fill me with much joy and laughter. The opening scene was promising. However, my initial expectations were eventually butchered and thrown into the water like fish bait.

The movie gave me little to no reason to invest in the characters. There's almost no backstory for anyone including the lead, David (Treat Williams). What little backstory you get isn't really explored or establishes solid character motivation. Even with the lack of character development, I was at least hoping for some charismatic acting or cheesy dialogue to keep me entertained. Unfortunately, there isn't much of it.

The soundtrack was laughably terrible. I'm sure they used the same track of suspense music for every "tense" moment in the movie whether it was a gun fight or a shark attack. It is super irritating after having heard it for the 100th time. It will forever be ingrained in my memory.

I wasn't expecting a stellar plot or anything but it was a complete mess. It's like the writer said, "I want to make Diamonds Are Forever," but the director said, "I want to make Jaws." So they compromised and combined them into one movie.

As bad as this movie was, there were a few moments that were enjoyable. Almost all of them involved the shark (or sharks? I'm not sure cause they seemed to use footage of multiple species like tigers, lemons, reefs and maybe bull sharks). The attacks were well shot and edited cutting between real and fake sharks. Not saying it was Jaws quality but decent enough for a movie like this.

In the end, there really isn't enough "so bad it's good" moments in this movie to recommend it. It's really boring for long stretches and the scenes with the shark are too few and far between to justify wasting 86 minutes of your life (it felt way longer than 86 minutes).

FUN FACT: Did you know tiger sharks can roar? I didn't until I watched this movie. Maybe a "nod" to a worse film, Jaws: The Revenge.


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