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Shark a.k.a. Man Eater (1969) - Color - 91 min

The LikeTelevision™ movie channel presents Shark, also known as ManEater, Twist of the Knife, Caine, and originally - Arma de dos Filos (it originally released as a Mexican film). The film stars Burt Reynolds as Caine. The film was directed by the great Sam Fuller - who had some serious issues with the producer (Jose Luis Calderon) and left the production very upset. He even asked that his name be removed from the film - but the producers did not comply. Based on a novel by Victor Canning.

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Shark a.k.a. Man Eater
Directed by - Sam Fuller

(1969) - Color - 91 min
The story takes place in the middle of nowhere - somewhere in the backwoods of Sudan. Doc, played by Arthur Kennedy is terrific as a local drunk who has an active chatty manner (i.e. he is easily used and can't keep a secret). A professor and his wife are doing some underwater research and need a helping hand for their work. But their work isn't about education... they are secretly trying to retrieve a sunken treasure of gold bullion. And the down on his luck Yankee in Sudan sure looks like the guy to do their dirty work, after the local Arab fellow gets killed by a shark attack. The film is dedicated to the stuntmen who worked with the sharks - it seems one of them was actually killed in a shark attack. Unfortunately - much to the dismay of the cast and crew - his death was used to promote the film when it was originally released. One final note - the cinematography of Raul Martinez Solares is really fascinating, as the film was allegedly shot only using the natural lighting. I am not sure if this was done for artistic effect or if the budget was just lacking the money for lights. All in all, an interesting film - especially if you are a fan of Burt Reynolds.





Part one
Intro, Color, credits, etc. The film opens with a scene where a diver gets killed by a blood thirsty shark, which creates a job opening for a diver. (no listing on Monster however, but I digress). Meanwhile, Caine, played by Burt Reynolds is stopped by some local police officers somewhere in the middle of Sudan. He gets away just in time as the police find dynamite in his old truck. Like those Clint Eastwood movies, Burt lights a stick of dynamite with his cigar, and tosses it out of the truck window. Unfortunately, his brakes fail and he is forced to bail out. He eventually arrives at a quiet beach town in Sudan and needs to find a new line of work. He decides that he could work as a Scuba diver when Anna comes to his aid.


Starring Burt Reynolds as Caine



Silvia Pinal as Anna


Part two
Things continue to get crazier - as Caine makes friends with a cute kid who is a thief and he listens to some stories from Doc, the drunk American who used to be an accomplished doctor back in the states.


Carlos Barry as Runt


Part three
Caine begins to wonder what is so valuable under the sea that it is worth diving in heavily shark infested waters. He hears a few stories, all of them incorrect from the Doc. Meanwhile, the local policeman takes in interest in what Caine is doing and later on in the film we learn why he is so interested.




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Shark a.k.a. Man Eater
Directed by - Sam Fuller

Starring - Burt Reynolds as Caine, Arthur Kennedy as Doc, Silvia Pinal as Anna, Manuel Alvardo as Latalla, Enrique Lucero as Barok, Carlos Barry as Runt, Barry Sullivan as Mallore, Carlos Bariochoa as Smoky-Smoky, Emillia Stuart as Asha






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Arthur Kennedy as Doc, who is more of a drunk than a doctor



Part four
Frustrated that he is getting no answers, Burt Reynolds, I mean Caine goes to see Mallore and Anna and ask them what's so important on the sunken ship named Victoria. They have a big fight in the hotel room and Burt gets the best of both of them. So Mallore hires some local thugs to beat him up, but Caine wins that battle too. But, in the melee, Runt (played by Carlos Barry) gets hurt and is need of a doctors attention. So, Caine gets Doc drunk as a skunk so he can operate on the kid. I kid you not... get the Doc drunk so he can perform the operation on the young boys head. Hmmmm.... only in Sudan.


Barry Sullivan as Mallore


Part five
The conclusion of the film is terrific. A bunch of double-crossing and chicanery leads to a delightful ending. Well... except for the part where chum gets thrown into the water, which leads to a shark feeding frenzy and more and more trouble. I am not going to spoil the fun - check out the movie for yourself.







Mallore has words with the hotel proprietor, Fatso



Shark has some terrific underwater scuba diving scenes






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