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Underwater! (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 1955 (UK)
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. ... See full summary »

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Dominic Quesada
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Gloria
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Rico Herrera
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Miguel Vega
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Dámaso Pérez Prado ...
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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 garykmcd

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UNDERWATER Fury! UNDERWATER Paradise! (original poster) See more »

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The Big Rainbow  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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"Underwater" was a trouble-filled production. After spending months in Hawaii shooting underwater material, the crew lost a barge full 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 Walter Newman to rewrite it as they were about to start shooting. See more »

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When the shark hunters come about the "SANS SOUCI" towards the end of the film, it is clear this shot is actually shot in reverse. The life preserver shows the gold lettering as a mirror-image. This was probably due to the fact that the boats were in the opposite direction while photographed in the ocean and were flipped when photographed on the studio set. They had to show that particular take in reverse for the sake of continuity. The name of the boat "SANS SOUCI" means "carefree" or "without worries". See more »

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Written and Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado) Y Su Orchestra
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Not quite deep enough!
11 May 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This was the first film seen in theaters as a widescreen presentation in Finland in the fifties. So much for the film history, because the video version I saw was in 1.33:1 format leaving a lot of the visual underwater spectaculars out of the picture. Not that it might have helped much the otherwise lackluster presentation. The underwater photography of scavenging a sunken treasure does look great and very well done for its time. But above the surface there are the all too static scenes made in a studio with painted skies and wind machines. The dialog and acting are stiff and more like posing instead of running smoothly along the story. Not that the plot is much of a help either. A bit more care for the script would have been needed for a working balance next to the well executed underwater scenes and such ambitious plans for marketing tricks like underwater screenings with aqualungs for the press. The whole story is very slow moving and largely without excitement until the final fifteen minutes. Only then is the movie finally able to fill some of the expectations that have been promised all along with claustrophobic mood, shark danger and Jane Russell stuck in a favorable position in open red swimming suit. John Sturges was usually a very capable director, but this time his skills have probably been too tied under the command of the producer Howard Hughes. I'm sure they didn't really mean the whole movie to sink like that.


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