Countdown to 5K! – #19 – The Deep (1977)

This is my 4944th Review

Original Rating prediction – 8/10


“You know what they say about these waters: if the Jamaican pirates don’t get you, it’ll be the cold embrace of the sea. And that’s no lover’s kiss.” – Romer Treece

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A treasure hunting couple diving near Bermuda come across a sunken ship that contains important artifacts wanted by local criminals.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before choosing it for this series and was extremely pleased that it was so enjoyable.

They do an excellent job keeping this story both as fun and as thrilling as an adventure film can be and they get so much right along the way.

Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset are both perfectly cast in the lead roles here and do so well with the characters they are given.

Robert Shaw also adds so much to the film in the role of mentor and helps keep things intriguing throughout.

I’ve always been a fan of Louis Gosset Jr. and it was quite interesting seeing him in the role of a villain which is so different from the kind of roles that we are used to seeing him portray.

The story feels like a roller coaster ride and at some points gets a bit too complex for its own good, but they usually do quite a nice job trying to explain things to the viewer in simpler terms.

The cinematography of this film is superb and they have some amazing shots filmed underwater that really make the viewer feel as if they are right there alongside the characters in teh thick of things as the story moves along.

Bottom Line – Really fun adventure film that does so much right. Nolte and Bisset are both great in the lead roles and having Shaw in a key role also helps things. Loved seeing Gosset Jr. in the villain role which is very different from what we are used to seeing him in. The story gets a bit complex at certain points, but they do a nice job trying to explain it all. Amazing underwater scenes are shot really well that the viewer gets the feeling that they are right there with the characters. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The picture was notable for its opening underwater diving sequence featuring Jacqueline Bisset in a black bikini bottom and see-through wet t-shirt, thus launching her as a Hollywood sex symbol, and contributing big word-of-mouth for the movie, assisting with its box-office success. According to the book “Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood” (1996), Producer Peter Guber allegedly once said, “That t-shirt made me a rich man!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Countdown to 5K! – #19 – The Deep (1977)

  1. Terrific movie.Yeah – Jackie B. in the wet tee. Nolte was terrific. Shaw too. And that fight in the boathouse with Gossett’s guy vs. Shaw’s guy was fantastic! One of the best close in hand to hand combat choreographed fights I’ve ever seen on film. Jaws was a great read and a terrific movie. The Deep as a novel – kind of stunk. So kudos to the screenwriters who took a bad book and turned it into a thrilling movie/


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