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Complete credited cast:
Gail Berke
Romer Treece
Earl Maynard ...
Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett)
Adam Coffin
Lee McClain ...
Teddy Tucker ...
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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 a novel by Peter 'Jaws' Benchley. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Tiefe  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The Columbia Pictures studio's top highest grossing picture at the box-office for 1977. See more »


In the scene right after Gail had the voodoo encounter in her hotel room, we see Sanders (Nick Nolte) sitting and talking with Treece. He is toying with a cigar in his fingers. The cigar is wrapped in its protective plastic/cellophane wrapper. The view goes to a closeup of Sanders running the cigar under his nose to smell it, and we see the cigar is clearly bare - no longer wrapped in its plastic wrapper. Then the camera angle goes back to the long shot, and Sanders is once again toying with the cigar, only now it's in the cellophane wrapper. See more »


Adam Coffin: Kevin sure gives me the willies. He doesn't say much.
Romer Treece: Maybe he don't like you, Adam! He likes me!
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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »


Theme from 'The Deep' (Down, Deep Inside)
Sung by Donna Summer
Written by John Barry and Donna Summer
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Deep Boredom
2 May 2015 | by (nicholls apprentice) – See all my reviews

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This is from my generation it was released with great sound and fury a month after STAR WARS. The studio made a big deal about the next great Peter Benchley novel after JAWS. The advertising showed the two or three scenes with the eel attacking to lure unsuspecting viewers into the cinema. First the opening scene with Bisset is quite memorable what a beautiful body she had back then. Then well then nothing much happens they go out to eat she is forced to strip waist up for Cloche. How intense? The real movie killer is the eternal treasure history scenes at Treece's lighthouse ad infinitum or never ending. Yes the entire history of the Goliath like we care. Hello remember all the JAWS ads? Where is the action? Where is the suspense? Frankly the film for its day was more like a peek a boo peep show on Bisset who grandly was stunning but is that what we payed to see?

The underwater scenes are uniformly murky and cloudy. The gear at the time completely obstructs seeing facial expressions and the audio is dreadful. People were leaving the drive in in droves for nobody could hear what the hell they were saying. If you sneezed you would miss the eel attack scenes. On shore not much else happening the stomach painting scene felt then and now like the desperate studio pushing the limits of PG by putting that somewhat kinky scene into the movie to wake some viewer's out of their comas. When it came out in 1977 the scene was much longer then what is available today. It went on for 15 minutes this cut was pulled because it was considered too risqué for the rating. Bisset complains often about holding her stomach in for hours.

If you would like to see how beautiful a woman Jacqueline Bisset was in 1977 this is the movie for you. If you are expecting INTO THE BLUE do not get this movie. Is it better acted certainly. Do you want to listen to lectures about 18th century treasure ship movements and history of the monarchs ruling at that time; THIS IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU. It is boring; and it rarely moves until the very end and frankly the underwater climax of INTO THE BLUE is so much better handled and photographed. This is pre ABYSS and INTO THE BLUE. It was one of the first underwater films and it shows. It has not aged well.

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