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Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)

¡Tintorera! (original title)
Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.

Director:

René Cardona Jr.

Writers:

Ramón Bravo (novel), René Cardona Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Susan George ... Gabriella
Hugo Stiglitz ... Steven
Andrés García ... Miguel
Fiona Lewis ... Patricia
Eleazar García Eleazar García ... Crique (as Eleazar Garcia 'Chelelo')
Roberto 'Flaco' Guzmán ... Colonado (as Roberto 'Flaco' Guzman)
Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley ... Kelly Madison
Laura Lyons Laura Lyons ... Cynthia Madison
Carlos East ... Mr. Madison (as Charles East)
Priscilla Barnes ... Girl From Bar #1
Pamela Garner Pamela Garner ... Girl From Bar #2 (as Pamela Gardner)
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Anita (as Erika Carlson)
Manuel Alvarado Manuel Alvarado ... Naval Officer
Alejandro Ciangherotti Alejandro Ciangherotti ... Fisherman #1 (as Alexander Chianguerotti)
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Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's a monstrous killer churning up the sea... Tintorera ...Tiger Shark See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tintorera... Tiger Shark See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Cut Version) | (Cut Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The underwater fishing scenes were not simulated and the fish were actually killed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The USA original release was heavily edited from the original 126-minute version which eliminates most of the opening sub-plots including Steven in a hospital bed in Houston after falling ill at work and his doctor advising a vacation, and Miguel first meeting and romancing Anita and the introduction of Kelly and Cynthia hitching a ride to Cancun in an orange truck and being attacked by the two occupants. See more »


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I Can't See Anyone But You
Music and Lyrics by Simon Bell
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Laughable, a must for trash fans
24 November 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

Rene Cardona Jr's TINTORERA (1977) is one ridiculous JAWS ripoff made by this Mexican film maker who is also known (among many other films) as the director of jungle exploitation film TREASURE OF THE AMAZON (1985), a much better film.

TINTORERA stars Susan George and the film involves a bunch of people having a vacation on some paradise island in which there seems to be nothing but happiness and beautiness and not a trace of the outside world. Soon, however, after some 30 minutes of the film, finally the nasty shark starts to eat and kill people and also return the vacationers back on earth from their dream world. What really amazes me in this film is how long it takes for the shark to finally arrive because as far as I know, this was supposed to be another "shark film" that would appeal to the same audience than Spielberg's JAWS (1975) did.

The film has absolutely incredibly slow pace and it will be too much for most to watch without falling asleep. There is plenty of scenes depicting sharks being killed by people or each other and also the "sharks attacking human being" scenes are pretty dull and thus funny. There's plenty of naked skin and bodies and also some blood so the exploitation elements are there as they were in TREASURE, too. And exploitation TINTORERA is almost as much as it is trash. Very much, that is!

Still the Mexican locations and beaches are truly wonderful and very beautiful and by watching them it is much easier to sit the film through. Rarely has nature's beauty been captured this stunningly on trash film like this, so the film isn't completely without its merits. Otherwise I'd recommend this for fans of ultra low budget grade Z cinema only and of course for fans of the Cardonas. 3/10


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