33 user 31 critic

Shark in Venice (2008)

0:49 | Trailer
The seemingly tranquil waterways of Venice are terrorized by the perfect killing machine. In search of his father who has mysteriously disappeared diving in the city, David stumbles across ... See full summary »


Danny Lerner


Les Weldon (story by), Danny Lerner (story by)





Complete credited cast:
Stephen Baldwin ... David Franks
Vanessa Johansson ... Laura
Hilda van der Meulen ... Sofia Totti
Giacomo Gonnella Giacomo Gonnella ... Vito Clemenza
Ivaylo Geraskov Ivaylo Geraskov ... Rossi
Atanas Srebrev ... Captain Bonasera
Kaloian Vodenicharov ... Man in Black (as Kaloyan Vondenicharov)
Bashar Rahal ... Medical Examiner
Vladimir Kolev Vladimir Kolev ... Assistant (as Vlado Kolev)
Michael McCoy Michael McCoy ... Dean Flathers
Assen Blatechki Assen Blatechki ... Operator (as Asen Blatechki)
Rolando Cadenas Rolando Cadenas ... Student
Ivo Kehayov Ivo Kehayov ... Cop (as Ivaylo Kehayov)


The seemingly tranquil waterways of Venice are terrorized by the perfect killing machine. In search of his father who has mysteriously disappeared diving in the city, David stumbles across the cryptic trail leading to the long-lost fortune of the Medici. As the unwitting pawn in a Mafia plot to recover the treasure, David's girlfriend is kidnapped at gunpoint, plunging him into a desperate race against time. If he has any hope of saving her he must enter the deadly waters. Can David out-gun the Mafia assassins and survive the voracious sharks laying in wait beneath the surface, or will he succumb to the same fate as his father? Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The film features a character named Lt. Totti and at one point, when David Franks interrogates a mafia henchman he gives a location as "on the corner of DelPiero" these could be references to famous Italian football players Francesco Totti and Alessandro DelPiero See more »


At minute 30, Franks finds a hole in the roof of the underwater tunnel which is shown by the light above. After climbing through the hole, the area is completely dark, with no light available to show through into the underwater tunnel. See more »


Featured in Top 40 Shitty Shark Movies (2013) See more »


Choral Epic
Written and Performed by Stephen J.Edwards
Published by Source in Sync Music (ASCAP)/Engine Co 35(ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
See more »

User Reviews

Time for a career change, Stephen?
16 October 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

There are so many factual errors, glaring goofs, moments of technical ineptitude and scenes of sheer idiocy in Shark in Venice that I'm not entirely convinced that this film is a genuinely bad piece of film-making, but rather a deliberate attempt at crapdom carefully crafted to appeal to cult movie fans. It matters not though, 'cos either way it sucks.

Stephen Baldwin, he of The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and Celebrity Big Brother fame, stars as David Franks, a lecturer in marine biology who unwittingly becomes involved in a Mafia scheme to locate the lost treasure of the Medicis, which supposedly lies hidden somewhere in the waterways of Venice. Unfortunately for Franks, the city's famous canals are now teeming with ravenous Great White sharks, having been filled with the toothy 'watch dogs' by crazy Mafia boss Clemenza (Giacomo Gonnella), who clearly wasn't having one of his better days when he came up with that idea.

Those going into this film will probably have a pretty good notion of what to expect given the ultra-naff title and the fact that it's only star is one of the lesser Baldwins (who displays less emotion than the film's sharks), but even then they may find themselves surprised by some of the absolute tosh thrown onto the screen by writer/director Danny Lerner. I'm not even going to try and catalogue all of the daft bits—it would take me far too long to compile a comprehensive list—suffice to say that it's bloody hard to talk underwater with a regulator stuffed in your gob, and a severed leg won't ever grow back, even if you are a Baldwin!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 33 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





English | Italian

Release Date:

14 May 2009 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Sharks in Venice See more »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed