The Deep

 
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An obvious attempt to cash in on the success of Jaws, this 1977 thriller was also based on a bestseller by Peter Benchley, and it features a memorable performance by Robert Shaw (the doomed shark hunter in Jaws) in one of the last roles of his career. Looking very tanned and healthy, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset play a young couple enjoying a tropical vacation who discover a glass ampoule while scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda. It takes a seasoned treasure hunter (Shaw) to identify the ampoule as part of a valuable shipment of World War II morphine lost at sea, coincidentally, atop the even greater treasure of a sunken Spanish galleon. Thus begins a race for drugs and treasure pitting Nolte, Bisset, and Shaw against a ruthless drug lord (Louis Gossett Jr.) who'll do anything--even resort to Haitian voodoo--to get what he wants. It's all rather contrived and exploitative (after all, the movie's best known for Bisset's wet T-shirt scuba-dive), but as escapist entertainment goes it's got some exciting highlights including a moray eel that attacks on cue and... well, uh, Jacqueline Bisset in a wet T-shirt. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • The Deep
    Very entertaining movie, unlike a lot of movies that are being produced
    these days. One of my very favorites....more info
  • A Bermuda Triangle...
    Gail (Jecqueline Bisset) and David (Nick Nolte) are on vacation in Bermuda, when their trip turns into a dangerous adventure. THE DEEP is a movie full of treasure hunting, greed, and intrigue. Gail and David discover a sunken ship loaded w/ bottles of morphine while scuba-diving. They also find a mysterious medallion from 1714. The couple shows their find to a local treasure hunter (Robert Shaw) who eventually decides to help them. Unfortunately, their secret is found out by a powerful criminal (Louis Gosset) and his gang, who set out to persuade our heroes to include them in their persuit. The rest is a race to get to the treasure; complete w/ knives, chases, double-crosses, murder, voodoo rituals, a gigantic, killer-moray eel, explosives, and a legendary boat-house showdown between two muscle-men using an outboard motor as a weapon! As if this weren't enough, we also get the opening scene w/ Ms. Bisset swimming around in her magic T-shirt! Oh my goodness! Yep, this one's a keeper... ...more info
  • Good entertainment both over and under water
    This famous movie holds up well, mainly due to the hot pair, Nick Nolte and Jaqueline Bisset, but the suspense is great too....more info
  • The Book was Great........The Movie is Even Better.......The Rum is the Best
    The DVD in widescreen is great, but I hope the director's cut with the extra 53 minutes surfaces (a bad pun, excuse me) some day, I missed it when it was on TV and from what I heard it helps make better sense of some of the plot. The underwater photography is some of the best ever filmed (courtesy of Al Giddings)and the stars do all of the diving.

    The storyline is one of the great "what ifs" of history, two wrecks from different centuries end up one on top of the other. If your a history buff (as I am) you'll realize that with the number of ships that have wrecked in Bermudan waters over 500 years it's not that far fetched a plot.

    The cast is great, Shaw at his best as the reluctant anti-hero, Bisset and Nolte at their most nubile and athletic, Gossett doing a great turn as the drug hungry villain, plus the always great Eli Wallach. Then there is the real star of the movie, the islands of Bermuda and the water that surrounds them.

    This is one of the few movies made in which the movie is superior to the book. I greatly enjoyed the book, it goes much deeper into Romer Treece's (Shaw) background and why he is so anti-drug, but the movie is even better. A few of the characters (in particular, the one played by Wallach) are changed and the ending is changed, in my mind far better in the movie then the book.

    If nothing else this movie introduced me to what is still my favorite alcoholic beverage........Goslings Black Seal Rum and Treece (Shaw) has two of the best lines ever about its consumption. When asked about drinking before diving he responds....."Rum's not drinkin', rum's survivin'" and when asked what he does when its too foggy to get the boat out he responds........"I stay home and drink rum".

    I highly recommend this DVD and it is best enjoyed with a Gosling Black Seal.....neat of course! ...more info
  • old one but a good one
    she's an older one, but a good movie, good story line, enjoyed it, actually saw it when it came out and wanted to see it again......more info
  • The Book was Great........The Movie is Even Better.......The Rum is the Best
    The DVD in widescreen is great, but I hope the director's cut with the extra 53 minutes surfaces (a bad pun, excuse me) some day, I missed it when it was on TV and from what I heard it helps make better sense of some of the plot. The underwater photography is some of the best ever filmed (courtesy of Al Giddings)and the stars do all of the diving.

    The storyline is one of the great "what ifs" of history, two wrecks from different centuries end up one on top of the other. If your a history buff (as I am) you'll realize that with the number of ships that have wrecked in Bermudan waters over 500 years it's not that far fetched a plot.

    The cast is great, Shaw at his best as the reluctant anti-hero, Bisset and Nolte at their most nubile and athletic, Gossett doing a great turn as the drug hungry villain, plus the always great Eli Wallach. Then there is the real star of the movie, the islands of Bermuda and the water that surrounds them.

    This is one of the few movies made in which the movie is superior to the book. I greatly enjoyed the book, it goes much deeper into Romer Treece's (Shaw) background and why he is so anti-drug, but the movie is even better. A few of the characters (in particular, the one played by Wallach) are changed and the ending is changed, in my mind far better in the movie then the book.

    If nothing else this movie introduced me to what is still my favorite alcoholic beverage........Goslings Black Seal Rum and Treece (Shaw) has two of the best lines ever about its consumption. When asked about drinking before diving he responds....."Rum's not drinkin', rum's survivin'" and when asked what he does when its too foggy to get the boat out he responds........"I stay home and drink rum".

    I highly recommend this DVD and it is best enjoyed with a Gosling Black Seal.....neat of course! ...more info
  • old one but a good one
    she's an older one, but a good movie, good story line, enjoyed it, actually saw it when it came out and wanted to see it again......more info
  • Drug Drama in Bermuda
    1977's "The Deep" is a very serviceable movie drama, featuring a solid cast (Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, and Lou Gossett), an exotic location (Bermuda), and a thrilling premise (a hunt for underwater treasure).

    The movie opens with an underwater dive by David and Gail (Nolte and Bisset) while on a romantic holiday in Bermuda. Those not distracted by Gail's wet t-shirt will watch the couple discover a ship wreck and various artifacts, including a mysterious glass ampoule. The dive is interupted by Gail's scary encounter with an unknown underwater creature under the wreck.

    Back on shore, the couple's effort to trace their small collection of artifacts leads them to two encounters. The first, with legendary Bermudian diver Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), leads to the discovery that they have found a long-sought World War II freighter loaded with glass ampoules of morphine, and that the freighter may be sitting on top of an even older Spanish treasure ship. The second encounter, with Haitain drug dealer Cloche (Lou Gossett) leads to the discovery that Cloche and his gang are prepared to kill to get to the morphine.

    The rest of the movie is a suspense-filled chase on land and underwater, as Treece, David, and Gail try to recover the Spanish treasure while staying one step ahead of the Haitians in a complicated game of cross and double-cross. The tension lasts to the final scene, a dramatic fight to the death inside the wreck of the freighter.

    This movie is well-recommended as a entertaining underwater thriller, featuring Robert Shaw in one of the last roles of his long career....more info
  • Thank you Ms. Bisset, you made this kids heart jump in this movie
    OK sure it's not the greatest movie made but it is one fun underwater adventure and as stated my first crush started with Ms. Bisset's wet tee-shirt dive over the opening credits. The memories this one brings back. The underwater photograph is still stunning and the tale of treasure hunters and drug dealers is still very well done.
    The copy I have features both the full and wide screen version of the film but little else, but who cares lets go diving!...more info
  • The Deep
    I had seen this movie on TV many years ago, and wanted to watch the whole thing. It's not available in video stores. I enjoyed it very much as did my husband, who had never seen it. The movie is based on the book by Peter Benchley who wrote "Jaws". I recall an intro from the TV showing that appears to be missing from the video. It shows the submarine being wrecked off of the coast of Bermuda and a young Romer Treece finding Adam Coffin on the beach. Whatever the movie lacks in substance is made up for in the fine talents of Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, and Louis Gossett, Jr. This was one of the last movies that Robert Shaw made. His early death was a great loss to the movie industry.

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  • Jacqueline Bisset Underwater and a wet t-shirt...YOU GO GIRL!!!
    I had a chance to revisit this film recently. This movie offers plenty of excitement underwater.Jacqueline Bisset's performance is first rate and by the way, she looks great in a Wet T-Shirt and that underwater mask! This is one of the reasons I liked The Deep!...more info
  • A now classic undersea adventure
    From the opening scenes, Jacqueline Bisset's twin assets are as much stars of this movie as the actors themselves. She surely inspired the wet T-shirt. The first few minutes of this film are wordless and virtually silent as we experience some amazing underwater photography, both of the ocean floor and Ms. Bisset's graceful form. Bisset and co-star Nick Nolte are treasure hunters (I'm sure this inspired the recent Into the Blue with Paul Walker and Jessica Alba) diving off the coast of Bermuda. While exploring a wreck they find a small glass ampule and a rusted medallion and seek out the expertise of treasure-hunting legend Romer Treece (Robert Shaw) to help identify what Nolte hopes is evidence of sunken treasure. Treece initially seems as shifty as the Haitian drug lord (Louis Gossett) who is keenly interested in the ampule, so we don't immediately expect him to save the day for our two treasure hunters.
    It turns out there are two treasures: the ampule is part of a large cache of morphine that was sunk on a World War II supply ship. The turbulent sea floor has merged this wreck with an older Spanish galleon believed to contain a hoard of gold and jewels. Gossett plans to make a pretty penny from turning the morphine into heroin. He soon resorts to intimidation and violence when he doesn't get his way, and the rest of the movie becomes a high stakes race to recover the Spanish treasure while preventing Gossett getting his hands on the morphine. Throw in a huge man-eating moray eel and you have a fantastic action-adventure.
    Shaw, who was perfect for this kind of role (a tough non-PC hero), was nearing the end of his acting career with this movie while Nolte's and Bisset's stars were just beginning to shine. They are both young and beautiful and you can understand why this was as much of a summer sensation as The Blue Lagoon a few years later. Gossett is also great as the villain....more info
  • The Deep
    I hope you don't go below 5 stars. The DVD was new so it was in excellent condition. Thanks a lot.
    Luis C....more info
  • An average release that could have been so much better...
    An okay transfer of the movie on a bare-bones DVD.

    Unfortunately, the makers of this disc decided NOT to include the 53 minutes of additional footage that was shown on the NBC broadcast of this film. This additional 53 minutes shows the sinking of the U-Boat during a storm, along with some additional fighting scenes.

    Hoperfully a Special Edition of this film will be released that will feature either an extended cut or offer the deleted scenes seperately. ...more info
  • An Exotic Location, Sea Treasure PLUS Ms. Bissett!!!
    I saw this movie at the Drive in back in the wild reckless days of my youth.Back then you could gain admission for $3.50 and get to see a "Double Feature". For the young people reading this that means you got to see two movies in between risking food poisoning by buying a soggy hamburger at the Concession Stand during Intermission.Anyway back to the movie. Nick Nolte and Ms. Bissett are scuba diving in Bermuda when they find a glass ampoule. Unknown to them this ampoule is a vial of morphine which was originally to be shipped as Medical Supplies. Then the local drug dealer decides he wants a piece of the action and then the movie really starts to roll. I read that Ms. Bissett inspired the "Wet Tee Shirt " contest after appearing in this film in a wet white tee shirt which leaves very little to the viewer's imagination. This alone made the price of Admission worthwhile and I got to see a good movie as well!!!...more info
  • Fun Film - Bad Presentation
    This inexpensive run of "The Deep" is really a no-frills version. There is only the FULL SCREEN presentation here and that is disappointing, since one of the big things this film has going for it is the wonderful underwater photography. The story and plot are actually a good one - missing treasure, treasure hunters, bad guys and good guys. I always disagreed with those indicating it was a rip-off of "Jaws". The story isn't close and the only thing in common is that it takes place in the water. This film can really stand on it's own. It's a pity this DVD didn't do it justice. All in all - a good movie, a bad presentation. ...more info
  • Very Good Movie
    A pair of young vacationers (Romer Treece as Robert Shaw & Gail Berke As Jacqueline Bisset) are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly Caribbean wreck ...

    Very good underwater scenes if you think 70's ...

    A must for Horror , Mystery , Adventure , Thriller lovers ......more info

  • They don't make 'em this good anymore!
    A brilliant and engrossing movie which closely follows Peter Benchley's novel on treasure hunt in the carribean. Spectacular views and under-water footage, all accented by one of John Barry's finest musical scores which lends mystery and expectation to various scenes and sustains an atmosphere of suspense throughout the movie. Top performances by Robert Shaw and Louis Gosset. Even Nick Nolte and Jaqueline Bisset were at their best, the latter sporting a semi-transparent underwater mask so that you're positive no stuntwoman was employed for the under water scenes. Elli Walsh is at his usual sleezy best. Great movie and great music. See it!...more info
  • Beautiful photography, and that's about it
    The Deep grabs your attention in the first ten minutes, which shows Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte scuba diving, and Bisset's wearing a.....well, you probably already know. The underwater photography throughout this movie is gorgeous, but the action that happens on land, I felt, was kind of fake and somewhat improbable. The story is interesting, though, but it could've been told in the film better. The book by Peter Benchley is good, though. The film's worth watching for the underwater photography.....and the first 10 minutes....more info
  • This DVD is missing some footage
    There is a scene in this film wherein Robert Shaw's character, Romer Treece, discovers the body of a friend strung up in a shed, gently lowers it to the floor, and covers the body with his coat. Treece, overcome with grief, then drops to his knees and hugs his friend's lifeless body. On this DVD, the scene ends after Treece covers the body with his coat. The footage that is supposed to follow is missing from both the widescreen and full screen presentations on this disc, so viewers don't get to see a very powerful and emotional moment. Also, this DVD is a no-frills release, with just the widescreen version on one side and the full screen version on the other--no trailers, nothing. Perhaps at some point there might be a special edition or director's cut which will restore the missing footage. I can't recommend this title in its current DVD incarnation....more info
  • Well Shot
    This movie is well shot its photography is outstanding. Bisset is gorgeous, in this movie watch it even for her. Quint from JAWS shows up but his performance not as good as in JAWS. Nick Nolte is real 70's. The plot though is O.K. Its not the greatest movie I think youll ever see but enough to keep you awake. Even a guy from JAWS 3 shows up in this flick I think his name is Louis Gosset Junior I dont know this guys name but he is in it. Alot of stars in it but an O.K movie about some treasure underwater....more info
  • Gorgeous ocean scenery, and Bisset in a wet shirt to boot!
    The Deep is a very interesting little yarn about deep sea treasure that Peter Benchley released hot off the success of "Jaws" So again we get a sea monster (moray eel) and a clean shaven, back from the dead Captain Quint, as Robert Shaw basically plays that character again with as much gusto as he did in Jaws. In the place of Dreyfuss and Scheider, we get a young looking Nolte, and an incredibly sexy Jacqueline Bisset...wet t-shirt notwithstanding, "Gail" just oozes sexuality/sensuality just standing around. Powerful supporting cast with crusty Eli Wallach, and an evil Louis Gosset Jr. I believe this film would have been better off with a hard "R" rating, as Bisset parades around showing off her best assets the entire film anyhow! There was also a sexy scene with her and Nolte that could have been made more elaborate, and would have only added to the film...but overall, it was very enjoyable to see Robert Shaw chew up the scenery one last time!...more info
  • One of the most suspenseful adventures ever
    "The Deep" was made a few years before I was born, but I had always heard it was a good movie. I finally watched it and I liked it....a lot. From what I heard, I was just expecting it to be full of great underwater photography, but it has an amazing plot tagged alongside it. Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bissett are a couple that are on vacation in Bermuda. They go deep sea diving one day and find a small bottle of morphine from a ship that sank in the 1800's. They go to a man who's a known treasure hunter (Robert Shaw) and he tells them what they found. But they are also pestered by Louis Gossett, who is a serious collector that will do anything to get his hands on one of those tiny bottles of morphine. Robert Shaw teams up with Nolte and Bisset after they decide there might be more bottles of the treasured substance and possibly some treasure deep in the sunken ship. All the while, they must stay away from Gosset and his fearsome gang.

    There are also more exciting sequences such as an encounter with a deadly eel and of course, the wet t-shirt swim at the beginning.

    "The Deep" is one of the most exciting and suspenseful adventure movies ever made. Yes, it does have great underwater scenery (mostly at the beginning) and the background music goes perfect with the movie. Although the wet t-shirt by Jacqueline Bisset might be what's best known about the movie, this is actually a great movie. It's one of my favorites.

    As for the DVD, it's not big at all on extras. You do get to select from subtitles in several different languages, there's a scene selection, and best of all, both the widescreen and full screen versions are included in this DVD's one disc. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn't very good. While your current volume setting might be too loud or just right on one of your DVDs, it will probably be too low for "The Deep". The picture quality is good enough though. If you're a fan of the movie, "The Deep", I do recommend adding the DVD to your growing collection....more info

  • I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
    The Deep was one of the first movies i ever saw at the cinema, and i loved every minute of it, and twenty years later i still watch it and get the same enjoyment i did all those years ago. The film has everything in it you could want if you love or even just like the sea. The under water scenes, the romance between the two leading characters and the whole escapism of this movie is wonderful. The film rolls along at a very good pace and its just too easy to sit back and really believe your there, yes REALLY! I was David Sanders the lead character in the movie, and Jacaline Bisset still takes my breath away, pwrooooooor. Do they still make movies like this?...more info
  • A vacation dream
    In addition that has already been said in the other review, the movie, the Deep advertises the island of Bermuda in the Caribbean. It shots the exotic marine life, the beaches and the way of life of its people. I don't know about witchcraft or voodoo, but the island seems so fascinating to see that one day, I'll come down and visit. I rate this movie & the production of the DVD to be excellent--the sound effects, in particular....more info