* ExecutiveMeddling: The film's original ending made a little more sense, but was changed for overseas prints due to the poor performance in theaters. Yes, the impaled shark ending was used in original theatrical prints.
* FranchiseKiller: One of the most infamous examples, and one of the few films on Website/RottenTomatoes to have a 0% approval rating.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Creator/MichaelCaine and Mario Van Peebles.
** Michael Brody is played by Film/TheLastStarfighter.
** Thea Brody is played by [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Judith]] [[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven Barsi]].
* MoneyDearBoy: Michael Caine only appeared because of it. And later regretted being in the Bahamas shooting it instead of picking up his Academy Award for ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters''. He's never even seen the film -- but he assures that it paid for a lovely house!
* OldShame: Michael Caine generally prefers not to acknowledge his involvement in the film. As mentioned above, he's never even watched it, but is well aware of its terrible reputation.
* StarDerailingRole:
** Although she had been mostly retired from acting for eight years prior to appearing in the film, and gave it up completely after its release, it was still a sad last effort for actress Lorraine Gary, who got a Worst Actress nomination for her performance.
** It was one of many box-office bombs that helped set back Michael Caine's career for a brief time, until he had a CareerResurrection in the late 1990's.
** Lance Guest had looked like he might have a promising career after playing the title character in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. After his appearance here, he's appeared in a grand total of ''two'' theatrically released films.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Roy Scheider and Murray Hamilton were originally asked to appear in the film, but the former flat-out refused to come back, while the latter died before any serious work began on the screenplay.
** The studio considered making the film in 3D -- which would have made this the first film franchise to have two 3D sequels -- but worries about the cost of shipping the 3D film cameras to the Bahamas and keeping them working properly in the tropical climate nixed that idea.

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