The Deep

The Deep

Peter Yates (1977)

A Certificate


Our Score
Jacqueline Bisset in a wet T-shirt, Donna Summer's title disco hit and Jaws author Peter Benchley co-scripting from his own novel were enough to make this soggy saga a major box-office hit in the summer of 1977. With 40 per cent of his action taking place underwater in creepy depths, director Peter Yates doesn't have to do much to keep tension on an even keel, and the mean moray eel sequence is a real shocker when it arrives. But slick photography aside, the silly script about rival divers searching for shipwrecked drugs and two-dimensional characterisations from Nick Nolte, Robert Shaw and Louis Gossett succeed in sinking plausibility every time anything resembling reality threatens to surface.


A couple on holiday in Bermuda find drugs while diving on the wreck of a medical supplies ship, and when word reaches a Haitian crime lord, he coerces them into retrieving the lucrative cargo. However, a second dive also reveals an 18th-century galleon laden with treasure, which they are determined to keep a secret. Adventure, with Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, Louis Gossett Jr and Eli Wallach.

Cast & Crew

Romer Treece Robert Shaw
Gail Berke Jacqueline Bisset
David Sanders Nick Nolte
Henri Cloche Louis Gossett Jr
Adam Coffin Eli Wallach
Kevin Robert Tessier
Ronald Earl Maynard
Slake Dick Anthony Williams
Wiley Bob Minor
Harbour master Teddy Tucker
Johnson Lee McClain
Mate Peter Benchley
Young Adam Coffin Peter Wallach
Young Romer Treece Colin Shaw
Director Peter Yates
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Contains violence and some swearing. Available on: video and DVD