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The Deep (1977)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 June 1977 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Gail Berke
David Sanders
Romer Treece
Earl Maynard ...
Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett)
Adam Coffin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee McClain ...
Teddy Tucker ...
The Harbor Master


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


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Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abismo  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Author Peter Benchley apparently struggled with the film's screenplay. The Columbia Pictures studio decided that after two drafts, the script needed some fresh input, so Tracy Keenan Wynn was brought in to do re-writes. Wynn had been a co-writer previously on the ironically titled The Drowning Pool (1975). See more »


When Treece, Berke and Sanders are heading over to the wreck (the first time, just before they discover the three barrel lock escutcheon plate) Treece appears to be looking towards Berke but he's talking to Sanders - Sanders even turns to face him but Treece is still looking in Berke's direction. See more »


Romer Treece: Hey, boy, this is "Goliath" trash! What the bastard hell were you doing diving down there?
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Referenced in Never So Deep (1981) See more »


Theme from 'The Deep' (Down, Deep Inside)
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Written by John Barry and Donna Summer
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Mystery, intrigue and danger await Nick Nolte and Jacqueline
14 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset star in this solid "B" movie, meant to entertain not challenge the average movie goer. Allow your mind to suspend reality for a couple of hours, and enjoy "The Deep" for what it is. Fans of Robert Shaw, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Eli Wallach will be pleased to see them on screen, but less than satisfied with their weak parts.

When first released, the scenery above and below the water in "The Deep" proved to be amazing. Jacqueline Bisset appeared draped in a wet t-shirt, causing audience members everywhere to either gasp, gulp or sigh. Accompanied by multiple tropical fish, Ms. Bisset's underwater scenes are just as satisfying.

My recollections of seeing "The Deep" for the first time in the theater, include sitting in the front row with head bent backwards, watching oversize tropical fish swimming back and forth across the screen. I get a hint of a stiff neck every time I review the movie in my head!

I do recommend you rent or buy "The Deep." Pop up some popcorn, put your feet up and just let yourself be immersed in this entertaining and gorgeous at times, movie. -- M. Nels Pearson

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