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The Deep (1977)




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In this film, scuba divers David Sanders and Gail Burke, assisted by Romer Treece, discover a sunken treasure off the Bermuda Coast. They also find a stash of narcotics. David and Gail spend the rest of the picture avoiding bad guys who want the drugs and the treasure.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Benchley, Tracy Keenan Wynn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 4, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Robert Shaw
as Romer Treece
Nick Nolte
as David Sanders
Eli Wallach
as Adam Coffin
Louis Gossett Jr
as Henri Cloche
Bob Minor
as Wiley
Teddy Tucker
as Harbor Master
Lee McClain
as Johnson
Peter Wallach
as Young Adam Coffin
Colin Shaw
as Young Romer Treece
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Critic Reviews for The Deep

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This trashy underwater thriller, based on Benchley (Jaws) best-seller, was one of the year's most popular films, despite negative reviews.

Full Review… | August 11, 2012

a memorable ride back to the shaggy '70s, and more than a little harrowing one.

Full Review… | July 14, 2009

The Deep doesn't exactly give you the bends, but when you come up for air you realize that this was one cinematic dive that could have been deeper . . . and better edited.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Deep


Peter Benchley made a name for himself by writing Jaws. He continued the trend by writing The Deep. Then, he decided to step in and adapt that book for this cinematic adaptation.

The story follows a young couple on a romantic vacation in the Caribbean who stumble uon a sunken ship while scuba diving that could lead to untold riches...and immense danger.

The set up is rather typical for action/adventure/treasure hunt thrillers, but even then, it's pretty enjoyable. That last sentence mostly refers to the book. The movie on the other hand, is a dull mediocre disappointment, I'm not sure why either. Maybe Benchley just didn't care. It's obvious that he probably wasn't going to have this top Jaws, but still, he could have done a lot better.

The main thing is that the movie strips away a large amount of character development, condenses the story greatly, yet still has a run time of a little over 2 hours. The performances are okay, and there's a nice cast, including Robert Shaw, Eli Wallach, Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, and Louis Gossett Jr. but I really had a hard time buying Nolte in the lead, and he doesn't have much chemistry with Bisset. She looks great in a tight, wet , white bikini, though.

The film's pacing just seemed really off, and it would probably seem disorienting to those not familiar with the book, and those who've read it, like me, will just be mad at the sloppy adaptation. To the film's credit, some of the music is okay, and the cinematography is really good, and I did like the underwater sequences, but overall, this movie was kinda blah, and the cheesy ending was way too silly, so much so that I was almost considering hating on this even more.

I don't really recommend this, but if you want a treasure hunt movie, and don't mind if it's kinda bad, then sure, give this one a watch on a rainy day.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Thriller based on Jaws author Peter Benchley's novel of the same name, The Deep is a good film, but is never anything great. This film takes elements of Jaws and creates something new. If you see the film, you'll understand why. The film is a good adventure that had the potential of being something better. Writer Peter Benchley has written one great novel, Jaws over the course of his writing career, and he would always plagiarize his classic work to some extent. I've never read his book, The Deep, but with what I've seen here, you can clearly see that there are parts that echoes several scenes from Jaws, the book and the film. I think the idea of having the plot of the couple on a romantic couple looking for sunken treasure was good, but also they could have cut out the part of the killer fish. I felt that it was too close to Jaws, and it ruined the film for me a bit. The cast do a great job though, and actor Louis Gossett Jr. delivers here, unlike future film roles such as Iron Eagle. The Deep is a mindless adventure film that could have been better. But considering that Benchley's story returns in some way to Jaws, it's no surprise that this film isn't great either because it lacks originality as well. I'm not saying that this is a bad film, on the contrary, it's a good entertaining film, but I felt it could have been much better, and that Benchley could have written the book without putting references to Jaws. This is still worth watching for a two hour mindless entertaining night of film. The cast however save this film from being a dud as well as Peter Yates effective directing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Is anything worth the terror of The Deep?

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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