Watch: The Deep 1977 123movies, Full Movie Online – A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters. Featuring extended underwater sequences and a look into the affairs of treasure hunting. Based on the novel by Peter “Jaws” Benchley..
Plot: A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters.
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***Okay, but lackluster island/oceanic treasure-hunting adventure***
A vacationing couple in Bermuda (Nick Nolte & Jacqueline Bisset) comes upon a sunken WW2 ship whereupon they find an ampule of morphine, one of myriad aboard the wreck. This stirs up the interest of a Haitian drug dealer (Louis Gossett Jr.) and an old treasure hunter (Robert Shaw). Eli Wallach and Robert Tessier are on hand as friends of the old salt.
“The Deep” (1977) was based on author Peter Benchley’s follow-up to his mega-successful “Jaws” and was successful at the box office due to that momentum. However, it’s nowhere near great like that book/film. Similar oceanic adventure/thrillers include “Into the Blue” (2005), which is practically a remake of “The Deep,” and “Fool’s Gold” (2008), as well as the direct-to-video “Into the Blue 2: The Reef” (2009). 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.
This one is realistic, but the story lacks drive and I was never able to warm up to the three main characters for some odd reason. Bisset is serviceable, but she never did anything for me, although she has gorgeous eyes and no one can deny the formidableness of her bosom.
The movie runs 2 hours, 3 minutes, and was shot in Bermuda; RMS Rhone Wreck, British Virgin Islands; and Australia.
Stylish but sadly lacking any substance.
No doubting that The Deep was a film hoping to cash in on the monster success of Jaws two summers previously. Written by Jaws author Peter Benchley, The Deep on the page is never fully realised here on the screen, and sadly the film never lifts itself out of standard adventure territory.
From the onset it looked to be heading in the right direction, a great first hour of genuine intrigue and tension keeps the viewer interested, where we have ship wrecks, treasure, voodoo, a gorgeous locale, a gruff Robert Shaw and Jacqueline Bisset’s wet t-shirt! but the film drifts onto formulaic sand and peters out like a damp squib (or should that be squid?).
Lovely to look at (the underwater sequences are gorgeous), and the acting is fine enough from all of the leads, yet a meandering drug plot only has one wishing that a big shark would come and swallow the whole bloody picture and regurgitate it with a bit more oomph and passion. 5/10
Treasure and danger off the coast of Bermuda
While wreck diving off the coast of Bermuda tourists David Sanders and his girlfriend Gail Berke explore a ship not in the guide book; it is the Goliath; a second world war era ship that was carrying a large quantity of explosives; it was also carrying several thousand ampoules of morphine and finding one of these is the beginning of all their troubles. Haitian Henri Cloche wants the ampoules because of the drugs they contain and is willing to do what it takes to get them David and Gail aren’t that interested in the morphine though; they are more interested in a medallion they found on the site; it is much older than anything on that ship should be. They take it to local treasure hunter Romer Treece and eventually they determine that there are two wrecks there; The Goliath and a French vessel called the Griffin which was transporting treasure as well as her declared cargo. Further dives produce more treasure but if they are to prove it is the lost Spanish treasure they will have to find an item from the list of lost pieces… they will also have to avoid sharks, Cloche’s henchmen and a particularly mean moray eel!
I expected this to be another dangerous underwater animal film being rushed out to cash in on the success of ‘Jaws’ but thankfully it was much better than that; it is really a decent treasure hunting adventure with some drug dealers thrown in to increase the danger. Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset are officially the stars of the film, and they aren’t bad, but it is Robert Shaw who steals the show as Treece; a character that isn’t dissimilar to the role he played in ‘Jaws’. There are also notable appearances from Eli Wallach and Louis Gossett Jr. The underwater scenes are well shot and when there is action it looks confused enough to feel real. Above water there are some nice shots of Bermuda but it never feels like it is trying to act as a tourist brochure by showing all the best sites. The story is fairly simple but it is told well and there is a good amount of action… including a rather scary scene where somebody is attacked with an outboard motor! There are also a couple of references to real Bermuda treasure; the gold and ruby cross is a clear reference to the gold and emerald ‘Tucker’s Cross’, which was found by Teddy Tucker who had a cameo as the harbour master.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min), 2 hr 56 min (176 min) (special edition) (TV)
Genre Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Director Peter Yates
Writer Peter Benchley, Tracy Keenan Wynn
Actors Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Dick Anthony Williams
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo, Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory Metrocolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (uncredited)
Film Length 3,394 m (Sweden, cut version), 3,410 m (Sweden, uncut version)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm