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Book Review: 'The Deep'
You actually made me want to go and check this one out! I like movies that are shot on location and that take great measures to do something special I will be hunting this one down for sure! Thank you for the great production notes, particularly on the underwater filming. As I read the credits the song was listed, along with one from Donna Summer. I've found the same thing on many movies that have been recently converted to Blu-Ray: original score is removed or completely replaced by a cheesier-sounding generic, which takes away from the films mood IMHO.
Peter Benchley was an American author of mystery and thriller novels best known as the author of Jaws and co-wrote the novel subsequent film adaptation alongside Carl Gottlieb. Later in life, the author came to regret writing such thriller which he felt increased fear and caused unnecessary culls of sharks as predators in the ocean ecosystem. This led him to become an active advocate for marine conservation. Peter was the son of Marjorie and Nathaniel Benchley. Nat Benchley, his younger brother, is an actor and a writer. Immediately after graduating from college in , the author traveled across the globe for one year. The experience is narrated in his first book, Time and a Ticket published in
I love what I've read of all three Benchleys. Robert is so funny that I read his cynical views of New York society when I was a teen in rural Wisconsin even though I couldn't empathize, you see , and Nathaniel creates towns full of quirky characters
The Deep is a adventure film based on Peter Benchley 's novel of the same name. While scuba-diving near shipwrecks off Bermuda, vacationing couple David Sanders and Gail Berke recover a number of artifacts, including an ampoule of amber-colored liquid and a medallion bearing the image of a woman and the letters "S. Sanders and Berke seek the advice of lighthouse-keeper and treasure-hunter Romer Treece on the origin of the medallion, who identifies the item as Spanish and takes an interest in the young couple. The ampoule is noticed by the man who had rented diving equipment to Sanders and Berke, which in turn attracts the attention of Henri 'Cloche' Bondurant, a local drug kingpin for whom the shop owner works, who unsuccessfully tries to buy the ampoule and then begins to terrorize the couple with black magic. The ampoule contains medicinal morphine from the Goliath , a ship that sank during World War II with a cargo of munitions and medical supplies. The wreck of the Goliath is considered dangerous and is posted as off-limits to divers due to the danger of explosions. Treece concludes that a recent storm has exposed her cargo of morphine and unearthed a much older wreck containing Spanish treasure.