Shark!


1h 32m 1969

Brief Synopsis

When gunrunner Caine finds himself broke and hunted in the Sudan, he signs up as a deckhand to ichthyologists looking for rare fish. What he doesn't know is that they're really treasure hunters ready to dive into waters teeming with blood-crazed sharks.

Film Details

Also Known As
Caine, arma de dos filos
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 8 Oct 1969
Production Company
Cinematográfica Calderón; Heritage Enterprises, Inc.
Distribution Company
Excelsior Distributing Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel His Bones Are Coral by Victor Canning (London, 1955).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Synopsis

Caine, an American, arrives in a small town in the Sudan after fleeing from Sudanese soldiers who almost caught him with a truckload of illegal arms. Caine meets Doc, an American alcoholic, who informs him that he is being closely watched by police chief Barok and that his only means of escape is by boat. Anna and Dr. Mallare, owners of a boat, enlist Caine's help in what is purported to be an expedition to collect fish specimens. When Caine learns of their interest in a sunken merchant ship which holds $2 million worth of gold bullion, he forcefully informs Mallare that they are now partners. The next day Caine and Mallare cut through the ship's hull. While transferring the bullion to the boat, Anna baits the sharks with bloody pieces of fish. Mallare is killed, but Caine escapes and knocks Anna unconscious. Police chief Barok arrives and attempts to steal the gold from Caine, but Caine hurls him into the shark-infested waters. Anna revives, orders Caine onto the police launch, and takes off in her boat without knowing that the ballast valves are open and the ship will sink.

Film Details

Also Known As
Caine, arma de dos filos
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 8 Oct 1969
Production Company
Cinematográfica Calderón; Heritage Enterprises, Inc.
Distribution Company
Excelsior Distributing Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel His Bones Are Coral by Victor Canning (London, 1955).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Quotes

Trivia

This film gained some infamy at the time of its release because of the death of one of its stuntmen. He was mauled to death on camera during shooting while working with what was supposed to be a sedated live shark. When the production company used the death to help promote the film, director Fuller disowned it.

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Veracruz, Manzanillo, Mexico City, Acapulco, and the Sudan. Released in Mexico as Un arma de dos filos in October 1969. The working title of this film is Caine.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1969

Fuller has tried to disown this film because cuts were made against his wishes.

Released in United States 1969