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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Candice Bergen, Katharine Ross, and Charlotte Rampling were considered for the role of Gail Berke. See more »

Goofs

When David and Romer are talking in Romer's living room, David's hair is messy and over his forehead. Later, David's hair is combed and neatly presented. See more »

Quotes

Gail Berke: You haven't answered my question, Mr. Treece.
David Sanders: I'll answer the question, babe. I'm turning this over to the government.
Romer Treece: I'm all the government you need, boy!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Bermuda See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut for an 'A' (PG) certificate by the BBFC with edits to the body search of Gail by Cloche's men, removal of shots of Gail's bloody stomach during the voodoo scene, and heavy cuts to punches and groin kicks in the fight between Kevin and Slake. Later releases were upgraded to a 15 certificate and uncut. See more »

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Soundtracks

Calypso Disco
Written by Beckett (uncredited)
Sung by Beckett
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It's More Than the Title...
5 January 2006 | by TruPretenderSee all my reviews

Films like 'The Deep' are few, sporadic, and are usually not accepted by many audience members, but are usually the films that end up meaning the most in the end. I found that this film had a charm that I could not put my finger on, upon viewing it for the first time. The book, written by well known Peter Benchley (of 'Jaws' fame) was released on the heels of 'Jaws' success, so the film was released a year later, in '77, and was easily brandished as being a 'money film' but I assure you it is much more.

Loosely taken from the book, the film captures the essence of the title. When David Sanders(well played by newcomer Nick Nolte) is on Holiday with his lover(the ALWAYS beautiful and aesthetic Jacqueline Bisset, of whom the film rests well on) Gail Berke, the two uncover items while diving: a small bottle of some sort, sufficient with morphine, and an unrecognizable piece of jewelry, worn by sea and time. Naive to Bermuda, the two continue their holiday, with many people after what is in the bottle, and just who wants it, who should get it, and what ELSE is down in the deep. Genuinely frightening, and appropriately paced, this film not only relies on the situation to keep interest, but psychological undertones to further tell the story.

One of the biggest things this film has going is the underwater photography, shot with beautiful landscapes of coral, fish, and dedication to what the actors explorations achieve. Filmed in Panavision widescreen, this film delivers the whole underwater experience, as each scene is carefully timed and arranged photographically. The fact that filming was done creatively without CGI is all the more fascinating, and you feel like you are actually there, underwater, experiencing. This is buttressed by John Barry's positively breathtaking score. Each note whispers a feeling under and above water, springing in the air, and whooshing through the water, like an animal. The theme is gorgeous and reflects not only the characters attitudes, but the theme of the sea and the deep itself. It is at times violent, and at other times soft and peaceful. The writing can be said something for as well, as the scenes are like a ballet, with carefully choreographed actions, and dialog through the special masks they wear, that a whole scene could take place under water, and does. Benchley adapted from his book, and the story works well.

The acting of the film could not be better. Nick Nolte is very believable as the rambunctious and adventurous David Sanders, and he is played with such prowess and eagerness, something that could be found in all of us, toward the ocean. We really learn to feel why David feels so much about the ocean, more so in the extended television version. Jacqueline Bisset is hauntingly gorgeous as Gail Berke, the conscience and voice of reason of the film. Gail is torn by morality midway through the film, something else we all can relate to. And as the danger caresses, so to does Gail toward what she believes in, and her love for David. Romber Treece is played out with spunk and passion by the late great Robert Shaw, fresh off the celluloid of Jaws, and makes the role his own. Treece, being an islander, knows the bad, and goods of the material they have found under sea, and acts more or less as a guide to keep the two out of danger, while achieving his own satisfaction to the sense of desire he has to the call of the sea. The supporting cast is really great as well. Louis Gosset is daring and intimidating as the main villain Henri Bondourant, one who kills at will, and who provides the three main characters with plenty of conflict, and Eli Wallach is sleazy and perfect as the only survivor of a wreck, that later became the site of the treasure and drugs. The main three do their best to help with the psychological undertones of the film, part of the real charm.

'The Deep' is more than just a deep sea adventure, but a psychological study of three human beings: One, an adventurous, intrepid young man, fascinated by what is dangerous and unknown to him; The other, his lover, a woman of strong passion, strength, and beauty on the inside and out, who is drawn to those she cannot access or comprehend; The third, a man who has been to hell and back, who still feels obliged to his place of comfort, the ocean. The chemistry between these characters, is what builds the undertone. Gail, is fascinated by Treece, because he has been through so much, and feels drawn to his reclusiveness and relevance. David is drawn to danger, and cannot be denied his goal, needs the pleasure of experience, and Treece, fascinated by both their innocent drives, can only help them thusly. The actually deep, a character itself, is the combination of their lively psyches coming together. When they are deep inside, they face danger in the form deadly animals, explosions rigged in the wreck, and most appropriately, themselves. They are forced to look inside themselves, further explored in the book and television version, and the resolution to the film is felicitous.

So when you look at it, 'The Deep' is a clever look into the deep of our minds, as well as our dreams, our fantasies, and our weaknesses as humans. If there is any way to uncover any of it, this film more or less shows the way, and all the more with the entertainment it delivers, gives us a true experience of what any 'Deep' is like.


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