The Deep released June 17, 1977
The Deep is a 1977 film directed by Peter Yates based on the novel by Peter Benchley. Starring Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte, Louise Gosset Jr. and Jacqueline Bisset.
The shipwreck featured in the movie is actually the RMS Rhone, which sank in 1867 off the coast of Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands. The ship broke into two pieces during the sinking. This movie was filmed at the bow section of the ship located about 75 feet underwater.
In the beginning of the movie while Gail is diving, she reaches under a part of the shipwreck and gets her arm yanked by the giant green moray, which causes her to scream in pain. In real life, her stunt-double, Jackie Kilbride, dislocated her shoulder doing this scene. A diver was told to pull the stick attached to her wrist from inside the wreck. When the stick appeared he pulled with all his might (as instructed). The scene was done in one take with multiple cameras as there was no chance (or need) for repeating it.
Author Peter Benchley can be briefly glimpsed as one of the U-boat shipmates in the prologue of the longer version of the film. The roles of the young Treece and Coffin were played by the sons of Robert Shaw and Eli Wallach.
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