L’ultimo squalo (1980)

79m (Germany – theatrical), 80m, 83m, 87m, 88m
35mm film, Panavision, “filmed in Eastmancolor”, 2.35:1
35mm film, English, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Enzo G. Castellari. Shortly after its release in the United States, under the title Great White, Universal Pictures successfully sued to have the film withdrawn due to its similarities to Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The film remained unobtainable by legal means in the United States until 2013 when it was released on DVD in a limited edition run of 500 copies by RetroVision Entertainment.

Plot Summary

A gigantic shark turns up off the coast of a small American resort town and starts to attack locals and holidaymakers alike. While the town's prevaricate over what they should do, local cop and a fisherman decide to take matters into their own hands and set out to find and kill the beast…


Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
© [not given on screen]
Production Company: Variety Film [logo] Edmondo Amati presents
Produced by: Maurizio Amati & Ugo Tucci for Uti & Horizon Productions
Written by: Marc Princi
Director of Photography: Alberto Spagnoli
Film Editor: Gianfranco Amicucci
Music by: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Sound Recordist: Carlo Pamieri
Costumes by: Carlo Carunchio
Make-up Artist: Gianni Morosi
Hair Stylists: Giancarlo De Leonardis, Giusy Bovino
Special Effects: Antonio Corridori
The Shark was Built and Operated by: Giorgio Ferrari with the collaboration of Giorgio Pozzi
Production Designer: Francesco Vanorio

James Franciscus (Peter Benton)
Vic Morrow (Ron Hammer)
Micky Pignatelli [real name: Micaela Pignatelli] [Gloria Benton]
Joshua Sinclair [real name: Gianni Lofreddo] [William Wells Sr]
Timothy Brent [real name: Giancarlo Prete] [Bob Martin]
Stefania Girolami [Jenny Benton]
Gian Marco Lari
Chuck Kaufman
Gail Moore
Joyce Lee
Don Devendorf
Bill Eudaly
Bill Starks
Rita Martin
Lance Hillard
Max Vanders [real name: Massimo Vanni] [Jimmy]
Thomas Moore [real name: Enio Girolami] [Mr Rosen]
Alex Maspes [real name: Alessandro Maspes]
John Morrison

Alternative Titles

The Great White Shark – English language title
Great White – US title
The Last Jaws – Der Weisse Killer – German title
The Last Shark
La Mort au large
– French title
Shark – UK title
Tiburon 3 – Spanish title
El ultimo tiburon – Venezuelan title

See also
Jaws (1975)

Extracts included in
Cruel Jaws (1995)



  • Delirium no.3 p.46 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.270 no.42 (3 March 1982) pp.1, 4 – news item (Jaws battles Great White in fed suit to block release by Ray Loynd)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.270 no.45 (8 March 1982) p.4 – review by (Gina Friedlander)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.270 no.46 (9 March 1982) pp.1, 28 – news item (Possible copyright infringement tied to two lawsuits)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.271 no.16 (6 April 1982) pp.1, 6 – note
  • Hotdog no.77 (July 2006) pp.36-37 – illustrated article (Swimming with by Jay Slater)
  • Is It Uncut? no.4 p.17 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 no.582 (July 1982) p.138 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.339 (17 April 1982) p.6 – note
  • Screen International no.349 (26 June 1982) p.20 – review
  • Screen International no.356 (14 August 1982) p.8 – note
  • Starburst no.49 (September 1982) p.18 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.371-372
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.116
  • Invasion of the Sad Man Eating Mushrooms Book pp.30-32 – review
  • Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.130-131 – illustrated credits, review
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.546

Other Sources

  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly List December 1981 – UK censorship details
  • Variety Italian Production Chart 15 October 1980 p.191 – credits
  • Variety Italian Production Chart 21 October 1981 p.50 – credits