The Bermuda Depths (1978)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi


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Scientists investigating the briny deep are threatened by a giant turtle and the spirit of a young brunette swimmer in the Bermuda Triangle.


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23 June 2000 | bunny-31
giant turtle in lovely blue Bermuda waters
I saw this film when I was four years old on TV and it has forever haunted me since. I saw some of it again recently on a poor quality VHS tape and the minitaures suck, the title sequence is corny, and the acting is wanting, but the story itself, the images and tones that it offers from it´s romance of the sea is simply lovely and wonderful. Maybe they could do some kind of remake or clean up the effects somehow, but if you liked films like the Big Blue or Atlantis then this corny little number is for you. Just please be warned, it is not a well made piece, just a great story and tribute to the mystery of the ocean.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-writer / producer Arthur Rankin Jr. actually moved to Bermuda after making the film, and lived there for the rest of his life.


Quotes

Magnus Dens: Tell me what happened. I'd like to know about his death.
Dr. Paulis: Are you sure you want to know about all that?
Magnus Dens: Yes, I'm sure.
Dr. Paulis: Well, he became involved in this project and well, it just took over his life! His entire life! He worked... he worked like a fiend...


Goofs

At night following the first boat trip, after Magnus has dived too deep following Jennie, the 10-second overhead shot with her resuscitating him on the beach has video (waves) rolling in reverse. Maybe artistic intent on the moment, and/or re-edit to get the shot zooming in instead of out.


Alternate Versions

There are 11 differences between the TV prints (that the majority of people have) and the very rare official VHS release (CK entertainment, 1992). The Tv print runs longer (96-98 minutes, VHS runs 90 minutes) and contains the following 10 scenes not on the VHS version. However the VHS has one scene not on the TV prints. 1. extended scene of Magnus and Eric coming off the fishing boat and meeting Doshan (Eric's wife) on the dock. VHS cuts most of this scene down 2.slightly longer head shot of Eric on the stairs arguing with Doshan. After they argue the camera stays on Eric for about 3 seconds. VHS does not keep the longer head shot and cuts right to the next scene 3. Delia's story of Jennie Haniver to Magnus is extended. VHS print cuts out most of the middle of her story 4. when Magnus, Eric and Dr. Paulis are on the boat, something grabs their fishing line. Dr. Paulis starts counting down how much line is left. The line of 4000 feet is cut from the VHS 5. right after the fishing line scene (above) you get an extended shot of them walking towards the front of the boat. VHS cuts this short 6. The infamous grotto scene (where Magnus goes into an underground cave with Jenny and it is alluded to that they made love), is cut entirely from the VHS print. This scene runs roughly 6-7 minutes 7. roughly 56-60 minutes into the film Eric on the boat comments "they pretty much stay to it". TV gives us 1 second following this of a head shot. The VHS cuts this out 8. After Eric shoots the turtle with the harpoon and they show the shot of the turtle swimming towards the TV screen (so speak), you get a very slight extended scene showing Magnus fully putting the boat in drive. This scene IS NOT on the TV print (tv just shows his hand on it when it is already driving) and appears only on the VHS edition 9. When Jennie confronts Magnus on the boat "hold me close", most of the kissing and dialogue are missing from the VHS version 10. After Eric screams for Magnus (upon seeing the helicopter explode) we get a few extra seconds of Eric running through the boat trying to find Magnus. VHS cuts some of this out. 11. after the boat is sunk, we get extended footage showing Magnus climb into the life raft. Vhs cuts this and he is already in the raft.


Soundtracks

Jennie
Music by
Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Sung by Claude Carmichael

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Genres

Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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