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Poster of the movie Shark!.jpg
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Produced by José Luis Calderón
Mark Cooper
Skip Steloff
Written by Samuel Fuller
John Kingsbridge
Starring Burt Reynolds
Arthur Kennedy
Manuel Alvarado
Carlos Barry
Silvia Pinal
Music by Rafael Moroyoqui
Cinematography Raúl Martínez Solares
Edited by Carlos Savage
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release date
  • October 8, 1969 (1969-10-08)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shark! (also known as Caine and Maneater) is a 1969 American action film directed by Samuel Fuller and starring Burt Reynolds. The film was based on the Victor Canning novel His Bones are Coral with the original screenplay written by Ken Hughes. When Fuller joined the project, he rewrote the script and retitled it Caine.[1]


Reynolds plays Caine, a gunrunner who becomes stranded in a small port in the Red Sea. He meets a seductive woman who propositions him to dive into shark-infested waters off the coast for scientific research. However, when Caine realizes the woman and her partner are actually treasure hunters, the action starts to heat up both above and below the water.


During production in Mexico in 1967, one of the film's stuntmen was attacked and killed on camera by a shark that was supposed to have been sedated. When the production company used the death to promote the film, (even retitling the film to Shark!)[1] Fuller, who had been arguing with the producers on several major issues relating to the film, quit the production.

When Samuel Fuller finally saw the version that was released to theaters, he said it was so badly butchered he demanded the producers take his name off it.[citation needed] The producers refused.

The film was re-released as Man-Eater by Legacy Entertainment Inc. in 2003.

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  1. ^ a b Dombrowski, Lisa (31 March 2008). The films of Samuel Fuller: if you die, I'll kill you!. Wesleyan University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-8195-6866-3. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 

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