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: 11 out of 73 found boring (15.06%)

One-line Reviews (68)

Also it's so slow!

The underwater scenes are well shot, and there's some exciting action sequences.

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

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

The film is intriguing and mysterious.

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

I would hate to see the extended 176 minute version, because scenes, especially underwater, are stretched way too long as is.

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

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

It was a shame, because the movie was a bit too linear and predictable.

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

This is a pretty decent film and is certainly entertaining!

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

though it eventually does become redundant and repetitive...

Deplorable sea adventure is neither thrilling nor titillating.

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

Simplistic, suspenseful, scenicly breathtaking, - pure escapism.

Robert Shaw has a terrible Irish accent, while Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte are pretty bland leads.

But a confusing plot and villains popping out of nowhere sink this underwater adventure.

KKK propaganda?

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.

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

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.

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.

The second reason is the colorful and evocative location photography.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Now, with that being said, I am not saying that "The Deep" is not a good movie, because it was enjoyable enough for what it turned out to be.

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.

The story is crisp and entertaining.

Beautiful but slow and exploitative .

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

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

This is certainly a unique contraption, and makes for an exciting and well photographed confrontation.

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

Not very deep, but entertaining enough.

The Deep is a dull underwater salvage operation film.

Is there an actress today quite so stunning?

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

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...

Surprisingly Entertaining .

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!

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.

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.

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

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

It is a movie that proves fairly entertaining and enjoyable, even now in 2020.

I loved the book, I fell asleep during this .

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.

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

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

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

This is about as intense as it gets.

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

The latter, believe it or not, is easily the best of the lot; it has the most compelling story and the best women, which proves that you don't need ginormous-bucks and mega-stars to make a quality flick of this ilk.