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Blue Water, White Death (1971)

Documentary focusing on great white sharks.


Peter Gimbel




Credited cast:
Tom Chapin Tom Chapin ... Self
Phil Clarkson Phil Clarkson ... Self
Stuart Cody Stuart Cody ... Self (as Stuart R. Cody)
Peter Lake ... Self (as Peter A. Lake)
Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen ... Self
Rodney Fox Rodney Fox ... Self
Valerie Taylor Valerie Taylor ... Self (as Valerie May Taylor)
Ron Taylor Ron Taylor ... Self
Stan Waterman Stan Waterman ... Self (as Stanton A. Waterman)
Peter Gimbel Peter Gimbel ... Self
James Lipscomb James Lipscomb ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodney Jonklaas Rodney Jonklaas ... Self
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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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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Will be re-issued next week in HD; 7_29_07
29 July 2007 | by LPorkoSee all my reviews

Ahoy... I was in Wood's Hole, MA this weekend and was fortunate to be at the screening of this flick in HD. It is an interesting film, with many memorable moments and beautiful ( and sometimes horrifying ) photography and images. The film standing alone is passable, and seems campy within our current cultural frame of reference. However, watching in context, you realize this was the ancestor to many of those glossy animal shows we all love. In general, shoddy craftsmanship technically, but very real. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the genre. In a nutshell, it's allegedly where "Jaws" came from. Dare I say it 're-mystifies' the Great White Shark, and our re-introduction is a brutal experience.

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1 June 1971 (USA) See more »

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