The Shark Hunter

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The Shark Hunter
The Shark Hunter.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster by Enzo Sciotti
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Produced by Enzo Doria
Screenplay by Alfredo Giannetti
Tito Carpi
Jaime Comas Gil
Jesús R. Folgar
Story by Alfredo Giannetti
Gisella Longo
Starring Franco Nero
Music by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Cinematography Raúl Pérez Cubero
Distributed by T.E.I Film International
Release date
  • December 24, 1979 (1979-12-24) (Italy)
Running time
97 mins
Country Italy
Language English

The Shark Hunter (Italian: Il cacciatore di squali), also known as Guardians of the Deep, is a 1979 Italian adventure film directed by Enzo G. Castellari.[1]


Mike Di Donato, an Italian-American man with a mysterious past, leads a solitary life in an anonymous sea island. His unusual work is the hunting of sharks, from which his partner derives handicrafts for the local market.

Everything appears normal, until the arrival of several men of an unidentified organization in search of an unreachable booty of one hundred million dollars. Mike would be the only man able to retrieve it, but he is not willing to cooperate.[2]

The film saw the coining of the phrase 'Mooney Maiming'. It describes the artful way in which a shark can be maimed by spearing the upper reaches of his open mouth as it surfaces. This term is now widely used in the Great White Shark hunting community.



The Shark Hunter was released in Italy on 24 December 1979.[3]

In 2013, RetroVision Entertainment announced that they would be releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD with a brand new high definition transfer from the original negative.[4]


The movie was shot in Cozumel an island near coast of Mexico.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer, 1999. 
  2. ^ Roberto Poppi, Mario Pecorari. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Gremese Editore, 1996. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Iotis. "Il Cacciatore di Squali". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Shark Hunter Blu-Ray announcment". Retrieved 2013-08-05. 

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