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 ... See full summary »



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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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He hired the best criminals for the heist of the decade! See more »


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Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Tiefe  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,835,540 (USA) (19 June 1977)


$6,835,540 (USA) (19 June 1977)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, director Peter Yates didn't think actor Nick Nolte was right for the film. Neither was Nolte particularly interested in doing in what her perceived as a bland lead part. Nor were Columbia Pictures studio executives interested in Nolte as they believed he wasn't a big enough star with enough box-office clout to headline an expensive blockbuster picture. Producer Peter Guber though wanted Nolte. Guber once said of the tense meeting with all the parties: "I walked into a conference that could not have started on shakier ground if we'd held it on the San Andreas fault. Here was an actor that the studio didn't want, sitting down to discuss a part he'd already rejected, with a filmmaker who'd decided he wasn't right for the role anyway! Nick immediately sensed that Yates wasn't too thrilled with him for the character. But as they talked, Nick became intrigued with the changing character and with the challenge of working underwater, and Yates became intrigued with Nick. Finally, after two hours, Yates reached across the table to Nick and said, 'You're the man for me,' knocking Nick for a loop." See more »


When David and Romer are talking in Romer's living room, David's hair is messy and over his forehead. Later, David's hair is combed and neatly presented. See more »


Romer Treece: Anyway, rum's not drinkin', it's survivin'!
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


Theme from 'The Deep' (Down, Deep Inside)
Sung by Donna Summer
Written by John Barry and Donna Summer
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User Reviews

Action, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, and Treasure to boot
14 July 2004 | by (Yucaipa, California) – See all my reviews

This movie has it all. I remember seeing this movie when it came out on TV.At the time I didn't know why I liked it so much, but now I know it was the ocean, the adventure, mystery, and intrigue. I just loved this movie. And I can't help it, I still do. I love the ocean scenes, and Nick Nolte's acting (not to mention Jacqueline's). I just ran across the DVD at Wally World for $5.50 and I had to buy it. I got a lot of enjoyment out of this movie and I have to give it a 10/10. I felt that all the acting was just fine including Robert Shaw's. I think that anyone who likes islands, adventure, scuba diving for gold, and beautiful woman will enjoy this movie.

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