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Dominic Quesada and Johnny Gray, two SCUBA divers searching for sunken treasure off the coast of Cuba, think they've hit the jackpot when they find a 17th century ship on the sea floor. They need working capital however and Johnny is ready to hock his boat but his wife Theresa thinks they're off on another wild scheme that will leave them all poorer than when they started. She comes around however and are soon joined by Gloria, whose boat they will use and Father Cannon, a university professor and archaeologist. Although Dominic hasn't been completely honest with his partners, they may in fact be in the area of a major treasure ship. When they do find it, the ship is teetering on the edge of a 300 foot cliff and dangerous for even the most experienced divers. Written by
"Underwater" was a trouble-filled production. After spending months in Hawaii shooting underwater material, the crew lost a bargeful of cameras and equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. They were there during the storm season and the water was so murky, it was decided to continue filming in Jamaica, but the same problem arose. John Sturges didn't like the screenplay and recruited screenwriter waler Newman to rewrite it as they were about to start shooting. See more »
At the beginning of the film, Richard Egan's voiceover twice specifies that the gas in his SCUBA tanks is "oxygen". SCUBA tanks contain compressed air, which is mostly nitrogen and less than 20% oxygen. If they contained pure oxygen. the diver would go into convulsions within 20 minutes at the surface and in far less time at deeper depths. See more »
I enjoy this movie very much and try to watch it periodically. As someone who took up SCUBA diving the year before this movie was made, I'd like to call attention to the fact that it is the first full length feature movie in which SCUBA was used. In fact, it was so early in the development of equipment that the tanks that they were using were smaller than the 72 cubic foot tanks that became standard for steel tanks.(There were other sizes.) Also, note the two hose regulators that are all but obsolete, the early flipper designs, and the primitive back packs. To some, the story may seem a little corny, but so were early aviation pictures and early submarine pictures. This considered, I think that the movie deserves look.
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