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Dive Movie Review: The Deep (1977)

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For divers of the “Generation X” set and older, The Deep might very well have been the movie that first inspired your interest in scuba diving. Shown constantly on cable through the 1980s, virtually every American and Canadian between their late 30s and late 40s has seen what is arguably the best dive film every made. The Deep is one of the great classics of the 1970s, every bit the equal of the more famous Jaws, and centered squarely on scuba.

The plot follows a couple in Bermuda, played by a young Nick Nolte and a simply unforgettable Jacqueline Bisset. While diving on the wreck of what they think is a Second World War freighter with a cargo hold full of munitions and morphine, they discover Spanish treasure. Enticing the interest of a local treasure hunter played by Robert Shaw (who played the shark-hunting Quint in Jaws), they discover a much older Spanish galleon wreck is embedded in the coral below the wartime freighter. Throw in some greedy, murderous Bermudan gangsters chasing after all that morphine for pressure, and you have an exciting adventure-thriller. Rounding out the ensemble cast is Louis Gossett, Jr. and Eli Wallach.

The Deep has aged remarkably well, and in some respects is more enjoyable today that it was more than three decades ago. Much of the footage was shot on the real life wreck of the RMS Rhone, which is still regarded as a prime dive site in the British Virgin Islands. The dive footage is superb, and from a technical point of view the film is on a sound footing. What is more, because it is so firmly rooted in scuba diving, The Deep now offers an interesting window into the world of scuba in the 1970s, and era when even the most primitive BCD was unknown.

The bottom line is that The Deep is a must-have DVD for anyone collecting dive books and films.