The Deep (1977) - 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.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 10 out of 66 found boring (15.15%)

One-line Reviews (58)

Is there an actress today quite so stunning?

Exciting and well-paced underwater adventure about a marriage that in the process they are threatened and then must thwart the enemies.

Beautiful underwater photography, a lush score, stunning locations and good acting from Bisset and Shaw can't save this.

There's really no reason this film should be practically two hours, but several suspenseful set-pieces, under water(..such as a pool of sharks stirred up by a passing boat)help keep your attention.

This gets very dull and drab and is completely lacking in humour.

However, I think all the leads are great, the music is stunning and there are some great moments in this film.

Surprisingly Entertaining .

I enjoyed it, and it's a great popcorn film.

However, despite also cleaning up at the box-office, The Deep is far less impressive than Spielberg's classic, a rather clunky sub-aquatic adventure that suffers from a dreary script, uninspired direction from Peter Yates, and leaden pacing, which not even a decent cast can keep afloat for long.

Long, drawn-out and tedious in the extreme, 'The Deep' was everything 'Jaws' wasn't, sporting everything from stunningly dull editing to ropey special effects (the lunging 'moray eel' looked like it was carved out of something very wooden) thinly-sketched and unlikeable characters.

Other than that, "The Deep" is just a waste of time.

Good underwater photography and some exciting action sequences cannot overcome an overlong, tedious, and at times lurid film, though Jacqueline Bisset in a wet shirt and bikini is undoubtedly the film's highlight!

but the film drifts onto formulaic sand and peters out like a damp squib (or should that be squid?

If you love to see our quiet photogenic Bisset swimming around half-naked in a breathtaking wet-T-shirt, well, don't hesitate to join our innocent heroes in their efforts to wrest the treasure from the bottom of the ocean in their dangerous underwater battle in the deep...

No message, (well, unless you count 'Don't put your head in an eels mouth!

With Shaw's performance a watered-down version of Jaws' Quint, and Nolte little more than a bland blonde hunk, it is up to Bisset to light up the screen with some much needed sex appeal (her opening underwater swim in a flimsy T-shirt is great!

I have watched this movie several times and it always sets me on the edge of my seat.

KKK propaganda?

The noted filmmaker does justice to it's viewer, he fills up the adventure, exploits the heroine's goodies with gusto, and packs in thrilling & highly commendable sequences.

Also it's so slow!

Watched again in 2018, I find it static, monotonous, boring, does not have the same charm.

I loved the book, I fell asleep during this .

This is a pretty decent film and is certainly entertaining!

Not being an experienced diver, I cannot critique the diving scenes properly, however, they were also enjoyable to watch.

Shaw seems wasted in a repeat of his salty old sea-dog role from JAWS, with an accent that changes every couple of minutes; Nolte is fresh-faced but boring as the young hero, and Gossett Jr. doesn't get to be near nasty enough as the baddie of the piece.

The story is crisp and entertaining.

There is also a giant eel that poses a threat but comes off as more silly then thrilling.

THE DEEP is a boring, trite, and unsatisfactory film.

The characters are poor, the film is monotonous and pointless and much time is spent underwater without dialogue.

An interesting cast included Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, Lou Gossett Jr., Eli Wallach, and Shaw, who was very good as the experienced diver named Treece; other than his odd accent, I was very pleased with his performance and found him engaging.

" Pop up some popcorn, put your feet up and just let yourself be immersed in this entertaining and gorgeous at times, movie.

Deplorable sea adventure is neither thrilling nor titillating.

A young NYC couple embarks on an island holiday only to stumble into unexpected circumstances that leads to mystery and intrigue.

The sexual material, violence and ridiculous slow story really destroy this.

The diving scenes are well photographed and the climatic battle between the good guys and the bad guys is exciting.

And there are of course the bonuses of the legendary Robert Shaw, the unforgettable beauty of Jacqueline Bisset, a young Nick Nolte full of promise, a wonderful score by John Barry, and plenty of evocative scenery, both below and above sea level.

The second reason is the colorful and evocative location photography.

This is an exceptionally dull movie, enlivened by only a few peripheral pleasures.

Before seeing "The Deep" you might think that you have a pretty exciting experience ahead of you...

though it eventually does become redundant and repetitive...

This is an intense and engrossing movie with agreeable performances and good rendering of maritime action .

Furthermore, the movie feels overlong, given that the story is uninteresting and characters are just lifeless.

In my point of view, the plot is completely pointless.

The Deep is a dull underwater salvage operation film.

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.

Simply put, it's a vacation on DVD: The cinematography, especially the underwater scenes, is engrossing.

The first reason is Jacqueline Bisset, She is stunning, all sun tan, big blue eyes that look in slightly different direction, impressively bebosomed, nice legs -- and we are introduced to her while she's scuba diving at Bermuda with her boyfriend Nick Nolte.

This is buttressed by John Barry's positively breathtaking score.

Suspenseful , thrilling and well-paced underwater adventure about divers who locate a a shipwrecked treasure and morphine .

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 picture does drift off course in spots but Shaw and Gossett stay on a collision course that results in an exciting undersea climax.

Now I read the book simply for the enormous moray nicknamed Percy, but I soon discovered the plot was far more intense, it involved a honeymooning couple in Bermuda, diving off shipwrecks for sunken treasure, fighting against greedy Cuban gangsters and angry tiger sharks, and it was very exciting, very thrilling, the eel though only made at least three appearances, it was dwarfed by the struggles between the human characters themselves, and barely seen.

Simplistic, suspenseful, scenicly breathtaking, - pure escapism.

What story it has waves goodbye very early on, but it's still enjoyable.

The film is intriguing and mysterious.

The location and atmosphere of this film added to my viewing pleasure, including the great underwater shots, even if they got a bit tedious after a while.

Not very deep, but entertaining enough.

Beautiful but slow and exploitative .