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Night of the Sharks (1988)

La notte degli squali (original title)
R | | 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 »


Tonino Ricci (as Anthony Richmond)


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


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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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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1.66 : 1
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This was originally announced with Christopher Walken as the lead See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »


References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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Funny all the underwater scenes took place in the daytime
27 October 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

-SPOILES- Lame south of the border adventure movie that has something to do with the blackmail of a big cooperate executive Rosenlski the president of Unasco Inc. by on the lamb beachcomber David Ziegler who's living the life of Reilly, or Ziegler, in his beach house in Cancun Mexico.Having this CD, that he gave to his brother James, that has three years of phone conversations between Rosenlski and the President of the United States involved in criminal deals. This CD has given David an edge over the international mobsters who are after him.

The fact that James get's a little greedy by trying to shake down Rosenlski for 2 million in diamonds not only cost him his life but put David in danger of losing his as well. Ropsenlski want's to negotiate with David for the CD by getting his ex-wife Liz to talk to him about giving it up, Rosnelski made a deal to pay off her debts if she comes through. David is later killed by Rosenliski's Mexican hit-man Tony, with the help of a great white shark, who just doesn't go for all this peaceful dealings on his boss' part.

Tony had taken the CD that Liz left for his boss at a local hotel safe and now want's to murder James, like he did David, and at the same time keep the CD to have something over Rosenlski.

David who had secretly hidden the diamonds that James had on him at the time of his murder is now the target of Tony and his men to shut him up for good. David also wants to take the diamonds and at the same time give his boss Rosenlski the impression that the CD that David had is lost but use it later, without Rosenlski knowing who's behind it,to blackmail him.

The movie "Night of the Sharks" has a number of shark attacks in it with this huge one-eyed white shark who ends up taking out about a half dozen of the cast members including Tony. David who's a firm believer in gun-control uses knives high explosives and Molotov cocktails, as well as his fists, to take out the entire Tony crew. Even the killer shark is finished off by Tony but with a hunting knife, not a gun. When it came to using firearms to save his friend and sidekick Paco a girlfriend Juanita and his priest Father Mattia lives from Tony and his gang guns were a no-no with David; he was more of a knife and spear man then anything else.

The ending of the movie was about as predictable as you can make it with David thought to be killed by the one-eyed shark later pops up out of the crowd,after Rosenlski was convinced that he's dead and leaves the village. David continues his life as a free living and loving beachcomber with no one looking to kill him and about two million dollars richer. to David's credit he had his friend Paco give Rosenski back his CD but under the conditions that if anything happened to him his cousin, who Rosenlski doesn't know who and where he is, will shoot his big mouth off and let the whole world know about his dirty and criminal dealings.

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