Deep, The (1977): Yates Thriller, Starring Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset Underwater

Though dismissed by most critics, the trashy but enjoyable thriller The Deep was one of the most commercial hits of 1977, grossing over $31 million and ranking seventh at the box-office.

Peter Benchley, who wrote “Jaws” (made into an excellent movie by Spielberg in 1975), also wrote “The Deep.”

In this sea adventure, directed by Peter Yates (“Bullitt”), Scuba divers David Sanders and Gail Berke (Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset, in tight, wet t-shirt), assisted by Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), discover a sunken treasure off the Bermuda coast—and a stash of narcotics.

Their dilemma: How to void the bad guys, headed by Louis Gossett Jr., who stashed the drugs and want the treasure as well.

Robert Shaw, who had appeared in “Jaws,” plays a similar role here, a crusty but competent seafaring man.

Oscar Nominations:

Sound: Walter Goss, Dick Alexander, Tom Beckert and Robin Gregory.

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Sound Oscar was “Star Wars.”

Running time: 124 Minutes.

Directed by: Peter Yates.

Released: May 1, 1977.

DVD: July 4, 2000