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
One of the final shots of the film features an arm and hand rise from the sea clinching a piece of treasure. A similar shot was used for the main movie poster of another Peter Benchley filmed adaptation, The Island (1980), where an arm and hand protrudes from the sea clenching a pirates knife. 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 »
Hey, boy, this is "Goliath" trash! What the bastard hell were you doing diving down there?
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This is from my generation it was released with great sound and fury a month after STAR WARS. The studio made a big deal about the next great Peter Benchley novel after JAWS. The advertising showed the two or three scenes with the eel attacking to lure unsuspecting viewers into the cinema. First the opening scene with Bisset is quite memorable what a beautiful body she had back then. Then well then nothing much happens they go out to eat she is forced to strip waist up for Cloche. How intense? The real movie killer is the eternal treasure history scenes at Treece's lighthouse ad infinitum or never ending. Yes the entire history of the Goliath like we care. Hello remember all the JAWS ads? Where is the action? Where is the suspense? Frankly the film for its day was more like a peek a boo peep show on Bisset who grandly was stunning but is that what we payed to see?
The underwater scenes are uniformly murky and cloudy. The gear at the time completely obstructs seeing facial expressions and the audio is dreadful. People were leaving the drive in in droves for nobody could hear what the hell they were saying. If you sneezed you would miss the eel attack scenes. On shore not much else happening the stomach painting scene felt then and now like the desperate studio pushing the limits of PG by putting that somewhat kinky scene into the movie to wake some viewer's out of their comas. When it came out in 1977 the scene was much longer then what is available today. It went on for 15 minutes this cut was pulled because it was considered too risqué for the rating. Bisset complains often about holding her stomach in for hours.
If you would like to see how beautiful a woman Jacqueline Bisset was in 1977 this is the movie for you. If you are expecting INTO THE BLUE do not get this movie. Is it better acted certainly. Do you want to listen to lectures about 18th century treasure ship movements and history of the monarchs ruling at that time; THIS IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU. It is boring; and it rarely moves until the very end and frankly the underwater climax of INTO THE BLUE is so much better handled and photographed. This is pre ABYSS and INTO THE BLUE. It was one of the first underwater films and it shows. It has not aged well.
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