The Deep Reviews
But, as a review below sz "based on Benchley (Jaws) best-seller, was one of the year's most popular films, despite negative reviews."
The Island made in on to our screens in 1980 and I have a soft spot for that movie, but The Deep made in 1977 is a bit of a drag to be honest
The tale of drugs and treasure is ok but the story drags a lot at only Jacqueline Bissets assets and Robert Shaw's performance keep your interest.
The scenery is great too of course but director Peter Yates is presented with such a dull script that he has to resort to loads of underwater shots to keep the viewer awake
compared to Jaws this feels like a pale imitation with only one or two plus points along the way.
An interesting time filler then but that's about it.
Two actors from the Jaws films (which were also based on a novel by Peter Benchley) appeared in this film. Robert Shaw played shark hunter Quint in the first film while Louis Gossett, Jr. played SeaWorld park owner Calvin Bouchard in the third film.
Filming began in July 1976 with open water diving sequences near Peter Island, the location of the real shipwreck of the RMS Rhone in the British Virgin Islands. Robert Shaw was paid $650,000 plus a percentage of the profits; Bissett and Nolte were both paid $200,000 each.
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The Deep was released on June 17, 1977 and was well received by the public, making it the ninth highest grossing film of 1977. Critics reviews, however, were largely mixed to negative. The film currently holds a 31% "Rotten" rating at the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times gave the film a negative review, stating that "The story, as well as Peter Yates's direction of it, is juvenile without being in any attractive way innocent, but the underwater sequences are nice enough, alternately beautiful and chilling. The shore-based melodrama is as badly staged as any I've seen since Don Schain's The Abductors (1972), which is to remember incompetence of stunning degree."
Upon its release, the film was noted for its opening scene of Jacqueline Bisset swimming underwater while wearing only a thin, white T-shirt and bikini bottom. This helped make the film a box office success, leading producer Peter Guber to say, "That T-shirt made me a rich man."
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Gail (Bisset) and David (Nick Nolte) are a couple vacationing in Bermuda who just happen to stumble upon some hidden treasure when scuba diving; right off the bat, one can expect that something more dramatic will ensue. The twosome, like many movie couples, are a bit clueless, and all too quickly accept the help of Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), a local treasure hunter. As it turns out, the area where they found some of the treasure is actually the wrecking site of a sunken ship, which also holds a failed morphine shipment that's worth millions.
While the group is much more interested in the treasure than the morphine, they find a fiend in Henri Cloche (Louis Gossett), who wants to make some money off of the drugs as well as collect the treasure. A race to get the goods starts off, but it's quite a hazardous one.
"The Deep" barely lifts a finger when it comes to the filmography of Peter Yates, a director whose credits include "Bullitt," "The Hot Rock," and "Breaking Away." It's one of his least stylish and most little-brained ventures, but Yates has a talent when it comes to directing thrillers. Luckily most of what makes "The Deep" good is its action and adventure, 95% of which takes place under the sea. It's highly difficult to film with believability, but Yates manages to bring it up to par with James Bond caper "Thunderball."
The underwater scenes range from being beautiful and quite mysterious to decently frightening. When they're riddled with suspense, the high-point being the epic finale, "The Deep" turns into a great movie. When the drama is on dry land, however, it all gets a bit sudsy. It's the uneven balance that pulls the film down, but when it's good, it's really good.
"The Deep" isn't Oscar-caliber entertainment in the way that "Jaws" was, but it's an action movie that manages to make us a little bit sentimental while still thrilling us.
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.