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Blue Water, White Death (1971)

Documentary focusing on great white sharks.


Peter Gimbel

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Credited cast:
Tom Chapin Tom Chapin ... Himself
Phil Clarkson Phil Clarkson ... Himself
Stuart Cody Stuart Cody ... Himself (as Stuart R. Cody)
Peter Lake Peter Lake ... Himself (as Peter A. Lake)
Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen ... Himself
Rodney Fox Rodney Fox ... Himself
Valerie Taylor Valerie Taylor ... Herself (as Valerie May Taylor)
Ron Taylor Ron Taylor ... Himself
Stan Waterman Stan Waterman ... Himself (as Stanton A. Waterman)
Peter Gimbel Peter Gimbel ... Himself
James Lipscomb James Lipscomb ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodney Jonklaas Rodney Jonklaas ... Himself
Wally King Wally King ... Narrator


Peter Gimbel and a team of photographers set out on an expedition to find and Film, for the very first time, Carcharodon carcharias....The Great White Shark. The Expedition took over nine months and traveled from Durban, South Africa, across the Indian Ocean and finally to South Australia. Written by Alex "The Sharkman" Buttigieg <sharkman@sharkmans-world.com>

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The Search for The Great White Shark See more »




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Release Date:

1 June 1971 (USA) See more »

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Blue Water White Death See more »

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2.35 : 1
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One of the few documentaries shot in the wide screen 2.35:1 format. See more »


Peter Gimbel: Now I want to tell you very quickly, what we're trying to do off Durban. We're looking for the animal that I think is considered to be the most dangerous predator still living in the world - the Great White Shark - which attacks the carcasses of killed whales in the Indian Ocean on the whaling grounds off here and, in the last ten days has taken five Sperm Whales over forty feet in length and removed from them all the meat down to the spine in a matter of six or seven hours.
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Referenced in Hunt for the Great White Shark (1994) See more »


Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark
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One of the most Historic Movie of all Time
9 January 2013 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

It's amazing that when this movie was made, no one has ever filmed a great white before. And it's only been about 40 years since this movie was made.

When I first started taking scuba diving lesson, this movie was all the rage of town. There just wasn't any movie that had shark cage in it before this one. I think this was also the first movie to feature "chumming" technique to lure the sharks. My friends were telling me how huge the sharks were. Later I found out that it wasn't so big, but still it's a really big fish. Did Peter Benchley get his idea from this movie when he wrote "JAWS" ?

This was a ground breaking movie that raised the bar on underwater documentary features. In every underwater documentary there's little bit of influence from this movie. It's also amazing how much more we've learned in such a short time since this movie was made, mostly due to ubiquity of underwater filming.

A very important movie historically in the annals of underwater documentaries.

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