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Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset in The Deep [1977]: #SaturdayMatinee

 Jacqueline Bisset & Nick Nolte in The Deep

Nick Nolte hasn’t always been an old codger. Looking at Nolte in A Walk in the Woods it’s hard to remember that he was once, like his co-star Robert Redford, a sexy young actor.* Or what passed for sexy back then; truthfully, it was all about the hair and mustache. The hair made up for a lot of flaws. 

Add a beard and even a weak chin disappeared. In his mid-30s, Nolte didn’t have a weak chin to cover up and he was sexy enough to co-star opposite Jacqueline Bisset in 1977s The Deep based on the book by Peter Benchley. Bisset was so sexy she didnt have to cover up at all.

Based on the bestselling novel by Peter Benchley—the author who gave us JawsThe Deep centers on a young vacationing couple who discover more than just precious sunken treasure off the coast of Bermuda. 

Robert Shaw plays Treece, the lighthouse keeper and treasure hunter who helps the pair figure out just how precious and how deadly their find is, while Louis Gossett, Jr., rocking a pretty decent island accent is Cloche, a local drug king pin.
The score—in the trailer the music goes from drippy romance to Jaws-esque horror flick—is by 5 time Academy Award winner John Barry, known for his Bond scores and the composer who gave us the music to our recent #ThrowbackThursday movie Out of Africa.

I wish there was a higher resolution trailer to share with you but I think youll get the picture. The Deep is beautiful to look at, besides Jacqueline Bisset’s famous wet t-shirt for the men, all of us can enjoy the gorgeous island scenery, filled with blue skies and turquoise seas, as well as thrilling underwater cinematography by Christopher Challis and his team. 

The Deep is available to stream on Amazon, YouTube, M-Go, GooglePlay and Vudu. You can rent the disc on Netflix but you won’t be able to watch it this afternoon, so you’ll have to find a different Saturday Matinee.

* okay, truth? No one is quite as sexy as Robert Redford imho. That’s why I made this birthday tribute.