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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.

Also Known As: Ο βυθός, Syvyyden saalistajat, O Fundo do Mar, A mélység, Dubina, ザ・ディープ(1977), O Abismo, Les chiens de mer, O Tesouro do Fundo do Mar, Bedugne, Die Tiefe, Бездната, Abismo, Globina, Les grands fonds, Adâncurile, Djupet, Dip, Glebia, Бездна Soviet, O vythos, The Deep, Dypet, El abismo, Abissi, De diepte, Die Tiefe West, Drama i dybet

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  • dr-ilkim-yorulmaz
    dr ilkim yorulmaz

    Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset(..gosh, this woman was simply gorgeous)are visiting Bermuda from New York, scuba diving restricted waters soon discovering an ampule of morphine, a glass bottle and Spanish coin, soon getting involved with famed treasure hunter Robert Shaw and Haitan kingpin Louis Gossett Jr. El Wallach is an old alcoholic skipper whose ship was the one carrying the ampules of morphine when it sank to the lower depths of the ocean. Together Nolte, Bisset & Shaw dive to the ship in search of potential treasure while also planning to detonate the Goliath once they uncover the needed “provenance” to truly substantiate their finds to reap a potential reward. Gossett, of course, wants the morphine so he can use it as a substance towards producing heroine for junkies in the States and will do whatever it takes, including winning over Wallach with booze and master manipulation turning him against Shaw, in order to get what he so desires.To call the pace methodical would be an understatement..it’s genuinely slow-moving. Nolte and Bisset are rather boring, to tell the truth, attractive and young, but Shaw easily buoys the film with his commanding presence. The underwater work is splendid and Gossett makes a rather effective villain, a possible threat to not only our heroes’ success, but their lives. Shaw and Gossett as adversaries is my reason for recommending The Deep to fans of adventure movies, but the lagging, leisure pace could be a detriment against it. There’s really no reason this film should be practically two hours, but several suspenseful set-pieces, under water(..such as a pool of sharks stirred up by a passing boat)help keep your attention.We lost Robert Shaw far too soon.

  • zane-lacis
    zane lacis

    All movies need to be reviewed in the context of the era in which they were made. This 40 year old movie is a classic for its time. The story line is excellent. The underwater cinematography outstanding and Jaquline Bisset well, as beautiful and elegant as ever. The movie focuses on treasure hunters tourists who get mixed up with unsavory islanders. The movie chugs along as expected with good prevailing over evil, but most impressive is Robert Shaw’s performance which is as good or better than his prevail of Quint in Jaws. A simple straight forward classic with outstanding underwater footage.

  • liepa-henriks
    liepa henriks

    This movie is the filmic equivalent of a novel you buy at the airport bookshop, so why have I watched it a half-dozen times? Simply put, it’s a vacation on DVD: The cinematography, especially the underwater scenes, is engrossing. The story is crisp and entertaining. Nolte, Bisset, and Shaw are all good in their parts, though they’ve all had better roles. Louis Gosset, Jr. is great as the villain, Eli Wallach is good but underused.There is an element of racism in ‘The Deep’. The good guys are all white and the bad guys are all black (and drugs figure in as well). In today’s more politically correct atmosphere the movie might not be made this way, but it is a fact that there are black-skinned criminals in Caribbean nations. The movie has to be taken with it’s grain of salt.Oh, yeah, and there are Jaqueline Bisset’s nipples poking through that wet t-shirt, you wouldn’t want to miss that.

  • aimilios-petros-ntabas
    aimilios petros ntabas

    No doubting that The Deep was a film hoping to cash in on the monster success of Jaws two summers previously. Written by Jaws author Peter Benchley, The Deep on the page is never fully realised here on the screen, and sadly the film never lifts itself out of standard adventure territory.From the onset it looked to be heading in the right direction, a great first hour of genuine intrigue and tension keeps the viewer interested, where we have ship wrecks, treasure, voodoo, a gorgeous locale, a gruff Robert Shaw and Jacqueline Bisset’s wet t-shirt! but the film drifts onto formulaic sand and peters out like a damp squib (or should that be squid?).Lovely to look at (the underwater sequences are gorgeous), and the acting is fine enough from all of the leads, yet a meandering drug plot only has one wishing that a big shark would come and swallow the whole bloody picture and regurgitate it with a bit more oomph and passion. 5/10

  • arguroula-mpika
    arguroula mpika

    Just a great movie classic; Adventure, diving, criminals, characters, story, the good, the bad, the ugly. It’s all in the movie. It’s a 70’s movie so you have to see it in that way, acting etc. was just on a different level back then. There were more limits in depicting danger. If you see the dive gear being used, that is out of this world so simple, you just don’t dive that way anymore. It’s just a great story. It does not drag on but is on the move the whole time. Yes sure, they could have made it better, more detailing, more diving into history, but that would have made the movie too long possibly for the normal screen. Just sit back, relax, have a drink and nibble and submerge yourself in the deep!

  • katherine-grimes
    katherine grimes

    I’m not sure why this film doesn’t have a better score, it really is a treat to watch. Granted it is not a “10”- probably more like a “7”, but I’m trying to help it’s overall score. I think the fact that Peter Benchley wrote it and it revolves around the ocean people are expecting something “Jaws”-esque, which it definitely is not. What it is is a great film about diving for lost treasure and keeping one step ahead of a local drug kingpin (Gossett) who has his own interests in what lies below. Robert Shaw is excellent (as usual), as is the rest of the cast. It saddens me that some people have called it “slow”. I think it has a good pace, with a nice amount of action mixed in. It’s interesting that this movie was basically “re-made” (more like stolen if you ask me) as “Into the Blue”, which was a complete stinker. THAT film was so incredibly slow that not even Jessica Alba’s hotness could rescue it.If you like films about diving or lost treasure, you should definitely check it out- but I would recommend this film to anyone who prefers a good storyline to films that are all flash and no substance.

  • sara-hranic
    sara hranic

    While wreck diving off the coast of Bermuda tourists David Sanders and his girlfriend Gail Berke explore a ship not in the guide book; it is the Goliath; a second world war era ship that was carrying a large quantity of explosives; it was also carrying several thousand ampoules of morphine and finding one of these is the beginning of all their troubles. Haitian Henri Cloche wants the ampoules because of the drugs they contain and is willing to do what it takes to get them David and Gail aren’t that interested in the morphine though; they are more interested in a medallion they found on the site; it is much older than anything on that ship should be. They take it to local treasure hunter Romer Treece and eventually they determine that there are two wrecks there; The Goliath and a French vessel called the Griffin which was transporting treasure as well as her declared cargo. Further dives produce more treasure but if they are to prove it is the lost Spanish treasure they will have to find an item from the list of lost pieces… they will also have to avoid sharks, Cloche’s henchmen and a particularly mean moray eel!I expected this to be another dangerous underwater animal film being rushed out to cash in on the success of ‘Jaws’ but thankfully it was much better than that; it is really a decent treasure hunting adventure with some drug dealers thrown in to increase the danger. Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset are officially the stars of the film, and they aren’t bad, but it is Robert Shaw who steals the show as Treece; a character that isn’t dissimilar to the role he played in ‘Jaws’. There are also notable appearances from Eli Wallach and Louis Gossett Jr. The underwater scenes are well shot and when there is action it looks confused enough to feel real. Above water there are some nice shots of Bermuda but it never feels like it is trying to act as a tourist brochure by showing all the best sites. The story is fairly simple but it is told well and there is a good amount of action… including a rather scary scene where somebody is attacked with an outboard motor! There are also a couple of references to real Bermuda treasure; the gold and ruby cross is a clear reference to the gold and emerald ‘Tucker’s Cross’, which was found by Teddy Tucker who had a cameo as the harbour master.

  • sandro-do-simoes
    sandro do simoes

    Potential viewers should keep in mind that this film is over 40 years old, so yes there are aspects of the film that of course will seem dated. Nonetheless, this is an excellent adventure story geared toward the escapist in all of us. A young NYC couple embarks on an island holiday only to stumble into unexpected circumstances that leads to mystery and intrigue. Packed with scuba diving, undersea treasure hunting, & drug dealing villains all with the beautiful island of Bermuda as the backdrop for this Peter Benchley story. The strong cast is lead by handsome Nick Nolte & beautiful Jacqueline Bisset along with Robert Shaw and Louis Gossett Jr. The underwater cinematography is outstanding and still stands the test of time. I was 20 years old when I saw this film at my local theater in 1977. When I walked out, I was hooked on scuba diving and became certified to dive the following year and have continued to dive on a regular basis for more than 40 years! I even had the good fortune to dive the RMS Rhone shipwreck in the British Virgin Islands that was used as the set for many of the underwater sequences in this film.

  • ingrid-odegard
    ingrid odegard

    By far my favorite of the genera. The huge cast of 1970’s stars is enough but the story location was a tropical Caribbean setting and a lot of ocean diving. Script, cast and great direction! Best of the Best. Hope you enjoy the show!

  • marjanca-breznik
    marjanca breznik

    From “Jaws” author Peter Benchley we get another look at danger in the ocean. “The Deep” involves a treasure hunt off the coast of Bermuda that runs into trouble. When there’s treasure out there, certain people will do anything for it.But seriously folks, does anyone remember the movie for anything other than Jacqueline Bisset’s wet shirt? Bisset herself admitted that it seemed like people only talked about that diaphanous article of clothing and what was underneath. It’s a real pity that she isn’t considered as much of a babe as the era’s other glamorous actresses.So yes, Nick Nolte is the tough guy, Robert Shaw is the brave sailor, and there are other characters, but everyone knows that it’s Jacqueline Bisset who makes the movie what it is. Enjoyable enough just for that, but for everything else also. Fun one.

  • anastasie-marchand
    anastasie marchand

    ***SPOILERS*** The first five minutes or so of the movie “the Deep” with the beautiful Jackie Bisset scuba diving underwater with her wet T-shirt is so hot and sizzling that it almost evaporated the waters of the Caribbean Sea.After seeing Miss. Bisset You completely lost interest in the sunken treasure of Spanish 18th century gold and the US navy supply ship “Goliath” that sank during WWII with it’s cargo of some 100,000 valuable anvils of morphine worth millions of dollars on the city streets as illegal drugs. The movie “The Deep” in itself is a so/so story about a young couple David Sanders & Gail Berke, Nick Nolte & Jackie Bisset, on vacation in Bermuda. Davir & Gail together with the help of a local sea rummy and historian Romer Treece, Robert Shaw, try to recover a sunken treasure chest of Spanish gold coins and jewelry that sank under the waves during a hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1715. Some 230 years later a US navy supply ship named “Goliath” with a load of morphine anvils sank in the exact same spot on top of the French carrying Spanish treasure tobacco ship “Griffin” that secretly had the gold put on it by the Spanish governor of Cuba;to prevent the royal family as well as the Spanish government from knowing about it and keeping it all for himself.This all attracts a local Bermuda drug gang led by Henri Cloche and his top henchman Slake, Lou Gossett Jr. & Dick Anthony Williams, to try to get to the underwater site, they knew nothing about the Spanish treasure, and grab the morphine anvils. This all results later in the movie in a spectacular underwater battle between Treece and David with Colche and Slake. Slake drowns and Cloche become the lunch for a giant moray eel that was living inside the hull of the ship “Goliath” at the end of the movie.There’s also Treece’s helper Adam Coffin, Eli Wallach, who Treece save from the very ship “Goliath” after it sank in WWII who joins in with the drug gang in order to double cross Treece, a good friend is hard to find, and get a share of the drugs and money for himself. Treece was going to destroy the morphine anvils which is one of the reasons that Coffin put his lot in with the drug gang and sets up Treece’s best friend Kevin, Robert Tessler, to get murdered by Slake later in the film. Coffin ends up in a coffin, or whatever pieces that they can find of him, later on when he tries to break into the lighthouse where he thought that Treece kept the morphine anvils, but had a trap set up by him with explosives for anyone who tries to break in. Both David and Gail as well as Treece go through the ringer in the movie as their kidnapped beaten and almost drowned as well as eaten by the giant moray eel and in the case of Gail she’s also put through, by the drug thugs, some weird and bloody voodoo ritual that almost drives her mad. After dispatching both Cloche & Slake Treece detonates the explosives inside the “Goliath” and that knocks it off the coral reef that it was resting on and into the bottomless and dark Caribbean Sea out of the hands of Cloche’s remaining drug gang members. At the end of the film Treece dives underwater, as the explosions were going off, and recovers a providence, a piece of jewelry that can prove that the gold and jewelry were genuine 18th sunken Spanish treasure, a golden and green emerald studded dragon necklace. A fairly good sunken treasure film but it was Jackie Bisset, wet T-shirt and all, that was the real treasure in the movie “The Deep” and as soon as you saw her swimming underwater with a pair of lungs that can keep you afloat, better the any life preserver. Nothing, nothing at all, could top that opening underwater sequence.

  • aleks-piwowarek
    aleks piwowarek

    A young couple (Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset) find some unusual coins and ampules while diving underwater. Soon they have a sadistic drug dealer (Louis Gossett Jr.) after them but are helped by an island expert (Robert Shaw) on what they might have.There are so many things wrong with this it’s hard to know where to begin. For starters the story is unbelievable to a large degree. Bisset’s body is also horribly exploited–she’s introduced for the first 10 minutes in a wet T shirt, is later forced to go topless and then is sexually molested in a sick voodoo ritual. Bisset was (and is) a beautiful woman with great acting talent–she deserves better than this. Nolte is terrible in his role–but he didn’t like doing the film anyways. It is interesting to see him so young and pumped up. Shaw is just great in his role. Gossett has the evil villain part–he does what he can. Also this film has some pretty extreme violence–some of the scenes even made me flinch. How this got by with a PG rating is beyond me. Also it’s so slow! The underwater scenes, beautiful as they are, weigh the movie down and the plot gets needlessly convoluted. I was fast-forwarding to get through some parts.Beautiful underwater photography, a lush score, stunning locations and good acting from Bisset and Shaw can’t save this. The sexual material, violence and ridiculous slow story really destroy this. Read the book instead. I give it a 5.

  • dr-nicolas-cavalcanti
    dr nicolas cavalcanti

    In Bermudas, while diving for pleasure, David Sanders (Nick Nolte) and Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) find a submerged vessel, and they bring a couple of objects withdrawn from the ship. They look for the advice of Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), an expert in treasures and old ships, and they realize that indeed there were two vessels in the same location: a French one, from the Eighteenth Century, with a treasure in jewels, and another one, from the war, with a load of morphine. David and Gail associate to Treece, trying to recover part of the underwater wealth. Meanwhile, the powerful Haitian drug dealer Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett Jr.) menaces the group, trying to get the drugs. “The Deep” is a very linear adventure, without any plot point or surprises. The wonderful locations, the magnificent photography, the good cast and the amazing beauty of Jacqueline Bisset support this movie, which is recommended for killing time only. My vote is six.Title (Brazil): “O Fundo do Mar” (“The Bottom of the Sea”)

  • juan-jose-nino-muniz
    juan jose nino muniz

    Suspenseful , thrilling and well-paced underwater adventure about divers who locate a a shipwrecked treasure and morphine . This is an intense and engrossing movie with agreeable performances and good rendering of maritime action . The hit smash of ¨ Jaws ¨ by Steven Spielberg prompted this screen rendition of another Peter Benchley book . It concerns about an innocent couple ( Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset ) get involved in an underwater search for treasures in the island Bermuda . They descend deep into the big blue without the aid of any kind of breathing apparatus, though sometimes use scubas . The frogmen get excited when they accidentally discover what they believe is a vast sunken treasure. They find a shipwrecked galleon and a crashed WWII vessel plenty of dope . They find a historic wreck, but nearby is a wrecked ship with a large quantity of morphine . Romer and Gail want the treasure; their diving partners also want the drugs . Dangerous criminals realize the ship and dope are submerged somewhere in the area . When the bad guys learn that the couple has located the drugs, Romer and Gail find themselves in mortal peril . Exciting and well-paced underwater adventure about a marriage that in the process they are threatened and then must thwart the enemies. The team of divers faces danger when they attempt to retrieve goods from a Spanish ship , as they spend time in shark-infested water and are helped by a treasure-seeker ( Robert Shaw ) and his underling ( Robert Tessier ) and confront nasty drug-lord ( Louis Gossett Jr ). The four divers set off on a perilous expedition in search of legendary treasure of a mysterious galleon resting in ocean floor and take back drug into the ship .The pace moves along nicely and production values are on the high scale . This is an amusing seagoing adventure in which the ocean deep figure prominently , though this time guarding sunken treasure . The action is plentiful with undersea excitement with terrifying underwater sequences. The film is spirited, lively and at times rather frightening light amusing . Made mainly as vehicle for Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset , they show particularly in the technical excellence of the underwater scenes . They show off their considerable screen presence, both attractive and slender . Lightweight entertainment notable for sunny outdoors and underwater photography as well as Bisset in a bathing suit, a glamorous bikini and of course her famous wet T-shirt. Jacqueline Bisset fans will ask no more than the sight of their star in a swimsuit involved in this fast-moving sunken treasure yarn.This waterlogged story is packed with gorgeous cinematography by Christopher Challis who manage to keep this afloat with fab footage maritime as expert cameraman ; furthermore pulsating musical score by the classic John Barry . The movie was spectacularly shot in Bermuda , Australia and British Virgin Islands . The motion picture is professionally directed by Peter Yates ( Bullit ) though drags in some places and is overlong . In the 2000s was realized a special remake of this story with Paul Walker and Jessica Alba in similar roles to Nolte and Bisset titled ¨ Into the blue ¨.

  • luca-aschman
    luca aschman

    I loved this movie when I first watched it in 1977 as a 32-year old and I love it just as much today. It has everything that a “boy’s own” adventure could offer; a decent plot, a beautiful girl (let’s face it, Jacqueline Bisset is gorgeous at the best of times but put her in a wet T-shirt and she’s, well, WOW!, a fabulous exotic location, a dastardly villain or two and a couple of decent goodies to battle the baddies. Toss in a great music score by John Barry (that theme is brilliant) and what more could you ask for?Robert Shaw plays a great part and is equalled only by Eli Wallach; he was always an excellent baddie! Nick Nolte may not be the world’s greatest actor but he does the job okay in this movie.

  • anjiyeong
    anjiyeong

    Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset star in this solid “B” movie, meant to entertain not challenge the average movie goer. Allow your mind to suspend reality for a couple of hours, and enjoy “The Deep” for what it is. Fans of Robert Shaw, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Eli Wallach will be pleased to see them on screen, but less than satisfied with their weak parts.When first released, the scenery above and below the water in “The Deep” proved to be amazing. Jacqueline Bisset appeared draped in a wet t-shirt, causing audience members everywhere to either gasp, gulp or sigh. Accompanied by multiple tropical fish, Ms. Bisset’s underwater scenes are just as satisfying.My recollections of seeing “The Deep” for the first time in the theater, include sitting in the front row with head bent backwards, watching oversize tropical fish swimming back and forth across the screen. I get a hint of a stiff neck every time I review the movie in my head!I do recommend you rent or buy “The Deep.” Pop up some popcorn, put your feet up and just let yourself be immersed in this entertaining and gorgeous at times, movie. — M. Nels Pearson

  • alexandre-gimenez
    alexandre gimenez

    I have the movie on Video, would buy it on DVD, I have read all the other reviews and surprised nobody mentioned the great music by John Barry. The theme made it to the radio top hits in 1977 For me, the music makes this movie, together with the three main stars including Shaw, Nolte and the beautiful Jacqueline Bisset. Is there an actress today quite so stunning? Don’t think so… The Deep probably did not have the impact of Peter Benchley’s Jaws but I like it just as much. The music is more melodic, the warmer location Bermuda, in contrast to the cooler Cape Cod of Jaws. I always appreciate a good treasure hunt anyway, Spanish doubloons and the possibility of reef predators adds interest. Watch it just to see Bisset in skimpy scuba swimsuit… you won’t be disappointed

  • dr-svein-ellingsen
    dr svein ellingsen

    In spite of its many shortcomings (lazy direction, over-the-top acting, gratuitous violence, to name a few), you really HAVE to love this movie! Two years removed from the sensational release of JAWS, THE DEEP in many ways had some very big shoes to fill. For me, THE DEEP is JAWS-lite — a kind of melodramatic, soap-opery version of JAWS. For all its flaws, allow me to wax poetic about the many virtues of this sublime cinematic guilty pleasure:1) That amazing opening aerial montage of Bermuda – maybe the greatest opening establishing shot in the history of cinema. All the Bermuda based location work in this movie is top notch, adding a rich and handsome texture to the otherwise middling narrative.2) Robert Shaw. While his performance is slightly overbaked (while also channeling and lazily riffing on Quint), his performance still manages to be larger than life – the delightful glue that keeps this movie together. What an amazing run he had over the last five years of his life, highlighted by THE STING in ’73, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 in ’74, JAWS in ’75, BLACK Sunday in ’76 and THE DEEP in ’77. Amazing.3) A 32 year old Jacqueline Bisset. As a 13 year old boy, I can assure you that she made a pretty indelible impression on me.4) The great supporting turns from Eli Wallach and Lou Gossett, Jr.I could go on but suffice it to say that watching this movie from time to time is sorta like taking a warm bath in the dead of winter. It’s one of those movies that somehow never gets stale and always manages to entertain despite its shortcomings.

  • luis-bauza-duran
    luis bauza duran

    Saw this on HBO with my parents one vacation. I like this movie, it has a story which includes suspenses, horror, mystery and action. Not too many movies have this combination. Great acting by Shaw, his role is on par with Jaws. The under water filming is the best of any under water film. Then tension and fear with the under water scenes leave an impression on one’s mind. A classic shown on TBS late night, I will tape the next time I see it on. They usually show the movie The Island afterwards, I never seen that one; I wonder if it is any good being the second feature. Rent it, tape it, or buy it! You will not be disappointed. 8/10

  • quinn-kuilenburg
    quinn kuilenburg

    The film opens with Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset diving in the waters off Bermuda, exploring a sunken wreck… They soon find themselves drawn into a sea of jeopardy and intrigue involving a cargo of dangerous drugs, a fortune in Spanish treasure, ocean predators and ruthless drug smugglers accompanied by black magic voodoo…The adventure begins when they discover a strange ampule containing liquid, and a coral-encrusted Spanish medallion near the wreck of a World War II freighter..Henry Cloche (Lou Gossett), a local underworld figure with a hand of menace, offers to buy the ampule, then changes to unrefined tactics, for he knows that the small glass vessel holds the clue to a rumored cargo of morphine, convertible into a fortune…As Nolte and Bisset try to discover some light to the mystery, they unite in an alliance with Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), a strong ocean-expert recluse, who wants to punish Cloche whom he believes responsible for the death of his wife…Motivated by their own personal welfare, the trio dive depths, racing against the ticking time bomb of Cloche’s vicious and relentless pressure in an effort to recover the Spanish treasure and to prevent the morphine from falling into his hand… The dramatic events culminate in a final explosion beneath the sea…If you love to see our quiet photogenic Bisset swimming around half-naked in a breathtaking wet-T-shirt, well, don’t hesitate to join our innocent heroes in their efforts to wrest the treasure from the bottom of the ocean in their dangerous underwater battle in the deep…

  • augustina-preda
    augustina preda

    This movie has it all. I remember seeing this movie when it came out on TV.At the time I didn’t know why I liked it so much, but now I know it was the ocean, the adventure, mystery, and intrigue. I just loved this movie. And I can’t help it, I still do. I love the ocean scenes, and Nick Nolte’s acting (not to mention Jacqueline’s). I just ran across the DVD at Wally World for $5.50 and I had to buy it. I got a lot of enjoyment out of this movie and I have to give it a 10/10. I felt that all the acting was just fine including Robert Shaw’s. I think that anyone who likes islands, adventure, scuba diving for gold, and beautiful woman will enjoy this movie.

  • margaud-du-maillet
    margaud du maillet

    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!

  • mia-barros
    mia barros

    I don’t know why IMDb is carrying such a negative review of this classic film on the front page. But I’m happy to note a lot of very positive reviews thereafter. Not much more I can add, but this is one of the classics of the golden era of film-making, without the CGI, hyped-up violence, obsessive sexuality and general lack of any kind of emotional depth of current popular cinema. While being in that category (popular cinema), this film is still great entertainment, often going pretty “deep”. And there are of course the bonuses of the legendary Robert Shaw, the unforgettable beauty of Jacqueline Bisset, a young Nick Nolte full of promise, a wonderful score by John Barry, and plenty of evocative scenery, both below and above sea level.

  • vargane-barta-maria-monika
    vargane barta maria monika

    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.