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Watching a classic, The Deep
okmister1 - 3/31/2008 7:58 AM
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Watching a classic,  The Deep I found this one on the bargain racks at the PX yesterday here in Iraq. I just couldn’t pass it up. If nothing else, I’d get to watch Jacqueline Bissett constantly wear white while swimming, combined with good wreck diving scenes, win win right.

It was good to watch Nick Nolte and Robert Shaw back in the day and it’s been to long since I’ve seen the movie. It takes on a whole new interest now that I dive myself. The dive equipment on display was standard back in 1977 and my how it’s changed. Back then, BCDs we don’t need no stinking BCDs we’ll just rig a tank straight to a harness, strap on some weights and jump in. Want to head straight into a wreck in your shorts with no planning, no line, and no lights, go for it. And don’t get me started on Bissets finning technique. This movie rates as a classic example of how not to safely dive a wreck. I drove myself half nuts critiquing it but it was a whole new way to enjoy the movie under the circumstances.

Just out of curiousity, has anyone ever seen a moray big enough to take off Louis Gossett Jrs head?

The movie is set in Bermuda but it was shot on the RMS Rhone which is located in the British Virgin Islands. She went down in 1867 not during WWII but did a great job as a stand in.

The movie was based on a book by Peter Benchley, yep the Jaws guy. It actually came in second to Star Wars in 1977.

The movie is well worth watching just to see the how diving has changed in 30 years. And to remember that Nick Nolte wasn’t alway a bad mugshot victem.