The Deep (1977)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

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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.


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28 November 2004 | Freddy_Levit
Simplistic, suspenseful, scenicly breathtaking, - pure escapism. A 'Shaw' good time!
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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Reportedly, Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte didn't get along well when the movie began, but ended up having a romantic relationship for most of the production schedule. This made producer Peter Guber very happy because he felt that the more chemistry the two leads had, the better the perilous dramatic scenes involving them would work in the movie.


Romer Treece: Anyway, rum's not drinkin', it's survivin'!


Right after Gail had the voodoo encounter in her hotel room, we see Sanders (Nick Nolte) sitting and talking with Treece. He is toying with a cigar in his fingers. The cigar is wrapped in its protective plastic/cellophane wrapper. The view goes to a closeup of Sanders running the cigar under his nose to smell it, and we see the cigar is clearly bare - no longer wrapped in its plastic wrapper. Then the camera angle goes back to the long shot, and Sanders is once again toying with the cigar, only now it's in the cellophane wrapper.

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Bermuda

Alternate Versions

The video version issued in 1993 by Columbia Pictures Home Video features some alternate/extended shots. This version runs 125 minutes and is rated R. Some differences are:

  • When the film opens, instead of simply fading in, the aerial shot opens up, like a curtain being pulled. After this, the title "Bermuda" where the film takes place, has been removed. To add to this, aerial shots of Bermuda are from an entirely different angle.
  • Right before Gail is attacked, she screams. In the theatrical version we don't see what she screams at; In this version we do, one of the Haitians has entered her room.
  • After the Moray eel scare, the eel pokes its head out of the hole from whence it came.
  • After Treece lowers Kevin's body, he cradles it.


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


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Adventure | Mystery | Thriller


Release Date:

17 June 1977


English, French

Country of Origin


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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,835,540 19 June 1977

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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