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Arthur Rankin Jr. (story)
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27 January 1978 (USA) See more »
It Came Up, Up, Up from the Bermuda Depths
Scientists investigating the briny deep are threatened by a giant turtle and the spirit of a young brunette swimmer in the Bermuda Triangle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Tsugunobu Kotani  (as Tom Kotani)
Writing credits
Arthur Rankin Jr. (story by)

William Overgard (screenplay by)

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Benni Korzen .... associate producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Maury Laws 
Cinematography by
Jeri Sopanen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barry Walter 
Art Direction by
Katzov Satsoya 
Costume Design by
Emma Randolph 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Production Management
Barbara Hilse .... production supervisor
Art Department
Donald Berry .... special props
Peter Politanoff .... property master
Jane Vickery .... special props
Beverly Welch .... special props
Gary Zeller .... special props
Sound Department
Francis Daniel .... sound
Richard Elder .... sound mixer
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Jill Savic .... sound effects editor
Peter Stassi .... sound effects editor
Jim Tatum Jr. .... sound effects editor
Wendy Warner .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Kinshiro Ohkubo .... special effects associate producer (as Kinshiro Okubo)
Mark Segawa .... special effects director
Akihiko Takahashi .... special effects assistant director
Masaki Îzuka .... special effects associate producer (as Masaki Iizuka)
Visual Effects by
Minoru Nakano .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera (as Douglas Hart)
Michael Lesser .... gaffer
Jonathan Lumley .... best boy
Peter Moran .... still photographer
Dustin Smith .... key grip
George Waterman .... assistant camera: underwater photography
Stan Waterman .... underwater director of photography (as Stanton Waterman)
Tom Weston .... second assistant camera (as Thomas Weston)
Casting Department
Shirley Rich .... casting consultant
Music Department
John Richards .... music recordist
Kenjiro Hirose .... conductor (uncredited)
Kenjiro Hirose .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Thomas Bush .... production assistant
J.A.D. Froud .... location manager
Nobuko Oganesoff .... assistant to director
Todd Rankin .... production assistant
Teddy Tucker .... diving consultant
Linda Wilkinson .... production assistant

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Japan:90 min | USA:98 min
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The name "Jenny Haniver" comes from a type of folk art that sculpts the carcasses of rays and skates into human-like forms that are often sold as "mermaids".See more »
Revealing mistakes: A turtles shell scales grow larger as it ages. So the heart with the initials J+M that Magnus carves into one of the turtles scales should have stayed in that one scale. But when we see a close up of the giant turtle at the end, the heart and initials are now covering parts of four different scales.See more »
Magnus Dens:[Delia is telling Magnus the legend of Jennie Haniver] You know who she is?
Delia:Oh, we all know her. She been with us a long time. Some see her as a little girl. Others as a young woman. And even those who say they've seen her swim like a serpent.
Magnus Dens:What are you talking about? The girl I met lives on the island.
Delia:[pointing to the ocean] She lives out there!
Magnus Dens:You mean she lives on another island?
Delia:Oh no. Out where HE lives.
Magnus Dens:He?
Delia:The place you people call the triangle. That is where he lives. The other... the devil!
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References Moby Dick (1956)See more »
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A minor cult classic of doomed romance, 16 July 2000
Author: TVholic from New York

Those of us old enough to remember the ABC Movies of the Week in the '70s remember more than a few science fiction, horror and fantasy pickings. Among them were "The Stranger Within," "Satan's Triangle," "The Last Dinosaur" and Irwin Allen's "The Time Travelers." On a cold, dark winter night of January 27, 1978, Rankin and Bass -- best known for their cheerful Christmas stop-motion cartoons -- took us on a two-hour trip to tropical climes with "Bermuda Depths," featuring lush locations filmed in where else but Bermuda.

In recent years, I obtained first a poor-quality copy of the movie and later the DVD. The first time I played it was with some trepidation. Would it be better left in the past? After watching it, I'm still ambivalent. It was good to see it again, but some parts were definitely B-movie quality, something an older but not necessarily wiser me finds less easy to forgive than 22 years ago.

This movie was an uneasy blend of science fiction and mystical fantasy. It appears the writers couldn't decide on which kind of movie to do. Sometimes, it's a supernatural story with the devil's servant - a gigantic turtle with glowing eyes - and a forever young "imaginary friend" who only appears to men about to drown or to be lost at sea. Then it turns around and both can be wounded by nothing more than spear-guns and harpoons. If only the writers had chosen one or the other, it would have been a stronger story.

One can't help but note the similarities with 1984's "Splash." A young man returns to a place of happiness from his youth. He finds a mysterious young woman, also with ties to his past, who is far more than she appears. Determined to ferret out the truth is an obsessed researcher. The biggest difference is that this story has the kind of ending Hollywood would never allow today. Not a single character is left happy. Not even bittersweet. "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer," this wasn't.

The main musical theme was a delicate, somewhat melancholy piece composed by one of the masters, Antonio Vivaldi. It's the Largo movement from the Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D Major. Vivaldi composed in the early 18th century, the time of Jennie Hanniver. The Concerto also made several appearances in Georges Delerue's Academy Award-winning score for 1979's "A Little Romance." The first three minutes, an extended flashback to Magnus' days as a boy on the island, were the highlight of the movie as the lyrical concerto wended its way through scenes of childhood innocence.

The special effects were dead ringers for ones from Japanese "kaiju" giant monster movies, complete with blatant miniatures in the water tank shots. The giant turtle even looked a lot like Gamera in some shots. This is understandable as the effects actually were done in Japan, as with the previous Rankin/Bass monster effort, "The Last Dinosaur."

The young leads did what they could, but were hampered by their inexperience and the material. This introduced a lissome Connie Selleca. Leigh McCloskey fared somewhat less well as his character's motivations were never really clear. Nor was it ever explained why Jennie appeared to Magnus twice - first as a little girl and later as an adult - when he was not about to drown or be lost at sea either time, as the legend demanded.

A single U.S. production run of the videocassette was done in the '80s. With no promotion from the company, most of the tapes went into video rental stores. It took decades, but at long last, Warner is offering a manufactured on demand DVD with some decent picture quality. It's not perfect, but certainly no worse than our TV reception back in 1978.

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