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The Deep (1977)

In Bermuda, two amateur treasure-hunting divers have a run-in with local criminals when they inadvertently discover the secret cargo of a World War II shipwreck.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Peter Benchley (novel), Peter Benchley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Gail Berke
Nick Nolte ... David Sanders
Dick Anthony Williams ... Slake
Robert Shaw ... Romer Treece
Earl Maynard Earl Maynard ... Ronald
Bob Minor ... Wiley
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett)
Eli Wallach ... Adam Coffin
Teddy Tucker Teddy Tucker ... The Harbor Master
Robert Tessier ... Kevin
Lee McClain Lee McClain ... Johnson
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Storyline

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 the novel by Peter "Jaws" Benchley.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Is anything worth the terror of The Deep? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deep See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,835,540, 19 June 1977

Gross USA:

$47,346,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,346,365
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition) (TV)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has been credited as making big stars out of its two leads, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset. See more »

Goofs

Where Nick Nolte is inside the shipwreck looking at a small school of big-eyed red fish, the fish are shown upside down, then goes to Nolte (upright), then back to the fish correctly shown upright. The first clip of the fish was apparently accidentally reversed. See more »

Quotes

Romer Treece: You know what they say about these waters: if the Jamaican pirates don't get you, it'll be the cold embrace of the sea. And that's no lover's kiss.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Bermuda See more »

Alternate Versions

Was released in Germany as a 35-minute selected scene edition in Stereo and Scope. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Zeg 'ns Aaa: Opgeruimd staat netjes (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from 'The Deep' (Down, Deep Inside)
Sung by Donna Summer
Written by John Barry and Donna Summer
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User Reviews

Simplistic, suspenseful, scenicly breathtaking, - pure escapism. A 'Shaw' good time!
28 November 2004 | by Freddy_LevitSee all my reviews

Peter Yates directed this beautiful escape from reality adventure in which our protagonists Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bissete team up with the silver screen legend Robert Shaw to find a sunken treasure off the beaches of Bermuda. Unfortunately they encounter competition who would go at great lengths to get what they want - even if it means murder - unless our protagonists' intrepid assistant (Robert Shaw) uses his valuable knowledge to keep the tables turned and remain one step ahead.

This film is a delight from start to finish. From the opening sequences of clearing clouds and Bermuda coming into focus and the astonishing underwater photograpy to the action packed adventurous finally, you simply can not take your eyes off the screen. The music from the one and only John Barry (who bought you the unforgettable themes from James Bond and Born Free) is mesmerizing and suits the picture elegantly. The cinematography is beautiful and gives you a lust for the holiday destination. Most importantly, the plot (written by the man who bought you 'JAWS') is original and riveting and high in adventure - I truly recommend this to all adventure fans.

Cast selection was genius. At the time, Nick Nolte was a new face to the silver screen and brought an unforgettable performance as an obsessed husband clearly hypnotized by the idea of Gold. Jacqueline Bissete is, well, how can I put this? - I would have liked to have been there with her on her holiday (gosh is she beautiful or what?). It was Robert Shaw I believe, who brought the most to the film. He is witty, ignorant, a know-it-all and a man who isn't afraid of anything and this is what people come to see adventure films for. I can't imagine anybody else nailing the role like he has. Pure brilliance from a great British actor.

Now how does a film with an interesting, ORIGINAL plot, great cast (including a legend), calm and mesmerizing music, golden cinematography and a great 'quotable' screenplay come to such underrated status is beyond Bermuda's Triangle. The current rating that IMDb gives to this film will never do it justice. I only hope for those who haven't seen it to overlook the score it has been given and take some time to sit back and escape to the fantastic world of "The Deep" - an experience I will be taking for many years to come. For me, a classic adventure of pure escapism!


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