Monday, June 01, 2009

The Deep

Though 1977 was a year filled with many memorable images two stand out more than most. One would be the now famous Farah Fawcett poster which everybody seemed to own and the other would be Jacqueline Bisset running around in that white wet t-shirt. Combined those two were responsible for agitating a many Moray eel around the world and either can elicit a similar response even today. As for THE DEEP, well, it hasn't aged as well as those memories but it is still an enjoyable little thriller. Much like Peter Benchley himself, the studio was trying to recapture the box office success of JAWS right down to once again using Robert Shaw. THE DEEP is certainly no JAWS but with a nice mystery and a fine cast it is good viewing. Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett and Eli Wallach all give fine performances and don't think for one second Bisset was just there for eye candy, she has some of the best scenes in the flick. Nice touch using the real life sons of Shaw and Wallach to stand in for youth related material and look for Benchley in a quick cameo. All of this and a John Barry score to go with it means one need not dive too far to dig THE DEEP.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually read this book believe it or not when I was, hmmm 14, 15! Geeze, I haven't thought about this movie in ages. Love the eel scene, it was good for a scare!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

One of the coolest things about the brilliant cable show "Nip/Tuck" (and the show is episode after of episode of brilliance hiding inside slick operetic drama and kitch) was the casting of J. Bisset...she was fantastic and looks as good now as she did in "The Deep". Not everyone weathers so well physically or spiritually.

I have a soft spot for Yates movies especially "The Hot Rock" , "Friends of Eddie Coyle", "Bullitt" and "The House on Carroll Street".

11:31 PM  

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