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Deep End (1970)

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15-year-old dropout Mike takes a job at Newford Baths, where inappropriate sexual behaviour abounds, and becomes obsessed with his coworker Susan.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Jerzy Skolimowski, Jerzy Gruza (as J. Gruza) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Asher ... Susan
John Moulder-Brown ... Michael 'Mike' (as John Moulder Brown)
Karl Michael Vogler ... Swimming instructor
Christopher Sandford ... Chris - fiance
Diana Dors ... Mike's 1st lady client
Louise Martini ... Beata 'Lovely Continental' - prostitute
Erica Beer ... Baths cashier
Anita Lochner Anita Lochner ... Kathy
Anne-Marie Kuster Anne-Marie Kuster ... Nightclub receptionist (as Annemarie Kuster)
Cheryl Hall ... Hot Dog Girl
Christine Paul ... White Clouth Girl (as Christina Paul)
Dieter Eppler ... Stoker
Karl Ludwig Lindt Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Baths manager
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Cinema Owner
Will Danin ... Younger Policeman
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Storyline

15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman, Susan, who works there as an attendant. Although Susan has a fiancé, Mike does his best to sabotage the relationship, to the extent of stalking both her and her fiancé. Mike becomes increasingly desperate to have Susan for himself, with tragic results. Written by alfiehitchie

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If you can't have the real thing-- you do all kinds of unreal things.

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Badeanstalten See more »

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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Michael 'Mike': I love her.
Cinema Owner: You perverted little monster.
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Mother Sky
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Music by Irmin Schmidt
Performed by Can
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Dive Right Into the "Deep End"
15 July 2010 | by mikhail080See all my reviews

What starts out as a tender coming-of-age story devolves into a story of sexual obsession and missed connections in "Deep End." The story has bicycle riding teenager Mike starting his first job at a run-down public bathhouse which caters to both men and women. There is also an Olympic sized pool in the facility, which is utilized by scores of teenage girls. Mike's pretty but jaded coworker Susan is on hand to show him the ropes, and soon their mild flirtation begins to prompt Mike into increasingly bizarre stalker behavior.

The cinematography here is outstanding, with every stain, crack and spot of dirt in the grimy bathhouse evident. It certainly appears to be a place where any sensible person would hesitate to walk barefoot through, and the sets are loaded with strange signage and bizarre props. The exterior locations are expertly filmed also, and give a great impression of the U.K. at the end of the 1960's.

The acting of the two young leads is top-notch and utterly believable at all turns, with John Moulder-Brown especially likable and appealing. And certainly special mention must be made to former glamor girl Diana Dors as a blowzy blond bathhouse patron with a sexual fixation on football. She holds nothing back in her cameo appearance, and she's fantastic in the limited screen time devoted to her physically aggressive and domineering character.

Some objection could be made to the somewhat speedy manner in which Mike's character transforms from nice teenager into obsessed stalker. Some of this didn't seem too believable, although Asher as Susan is beautiful enough to almost make it work. Mike begins the film as such a sweet young guy who's concerned about his future and his family, that's it's almost unfathomable as to why he'd go off the "deep end" like he does.

*** out of *****


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