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The Deep (1977)

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A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters. Featuring extended underwater ... See full summary »

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A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters. Featuring extended underwater sequences and a look into the affairs of treasure hunting. Based on a novel by Peter 'Jaws' Benchley. Written by Anonymous

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treasure | bermuda | underwater | water | ocean | See more »

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Is the treasure worth the terror? [Video Australia] See more »


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17 June 1977 (USA)  »

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Abismo  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Actor Robert Shaw was paid $650,000 plus percentage points for starring in this movie. Shaw once said: "This is the first time in my career that I've committed myself to a movie before reading the script. So why this time? Just instinct. This production has terrific potential. It has smelled like a winner from the beginning". See more »

Goofs

In one of the underwater scenes, Treece refers to the girl as "Kate," when the character's name is "Gail." See more »

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Adam Coffin: Kevin sure gives me the willies. He doesn't say much.
Romer Treece: Maybe he don't like you, Adam! He likes me!
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Calypso Disco
Sung by Beckett
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Cinematic Guilty Pleasure
13 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In spite of its many shortcomings (lazy direction, over-the-top acting, gratuitous violence, to name a few), you really HAVE to love this movie! Two years removed from the sensational release of JAWS, THE DEEP in many ways had some very big shoes to fill. For me, THE DEEP is JAWS-lite -- a kind of melodramatic, soap-opery version of JAWS. For all its flaws, allow me to wax poetic about the many virtues of this sublime cinematic guilty pleasure:

1) That amazing opening aerial montage of Bermuda - maybe the greatest opening establishing shot in the history of cinema. All the Bermuda based location work in this movie is top notch, adding a rich and handsome texture to the otherwise middling narrative.

2) Robert Shaw. While his performance is slightly overbaked (while also channeling and lazily riffing on Quint), his performance still manages to be larger than life - the delightful glue that keeps this movie together. What an amazing run he had over the last five years of his life, highlighted by THE STING in '73, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 in '74, JAWS in '75, BLACK Sunday in '76 and THE DEEP in '77. Amazing.

3) A 32 year old Jacqueline Bisset. As a 13 year old boy, I can assure you that she made a pretty indelible impression on me.

4) The great supporting turns from Eli Wallach and Lou Gossett, Jr.

I could go on but suffice it to say that watching this movie from time to time is sorta like taking a warm bath in the dead of winter. It's one of those movies that somehow never gets stale and always manages to entertain despite its shortcomings.


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