memories of the ’70s – The Deep

The Deep movie poster.jpgBased on a book by Peter Benchley, this mid 70s film created a new level of thrill of the ocean with the adventure of treasure hunting in The Deep.

Directed by Peter Yates, the film starred Nick Nolte, Robert Shaw, Louis Gossett Jr. and Jacqueline Bisset.

Nolte and Bisset play David and Gail, a young couple diving off the coast of Bermuda.

Discovering antiquities while diving, they consult local treasure hunter Romer (Shaw) about what they’ve found and what it might mean.

One of their discoveries is an ampoule that contains an old form of morphine, and a local drug dealer Henri Cloche (Gossett Jr) wants to buy that discovery and exploit it.

Not wanting to sell to Cloche, the couple becomes the focus of his Haitian black magic to scare them into giving up their find. Meanwhile they try to find out more about the ship where they found the antiquities and try to decide whether to destroy the area to prevent Cloche from sourcing the drug.

Filmed in the British Virgin Islands, the adventure film focused on the the conflicts of past and present, and the curiosity of revealing secrets long kept on the ocean floor.

Made for under US $10 million, the film was released in June 1977 at the beginning of the summer movie season. The Deep was panned by critics, but loved by the public, especially for its underwater scenes.

The original poster for the film was a graphic showing a female figure swimming to the surface, focusing on the unknown expanse of deep water. But the poster was soon changed to reflect the assets of Jacqueline Bisset.

The constant discussion of the opening scene showing Bisset diving in a white t-shirt and bikini bottom became a Hollywood marketing tool.

An eyeful of her lush body made the film’s poster even more notorious for movie fans, when it was shown in select movie theatres.


The film made $47 million at the box office, many crediting the poster for so many movie fans going to see this treasure thriller.

memories of the ’80s – The Color of Money

The Color Of Money.jpgThe mid 1980s was the rise of Tom Cruise’s career as an actor, helped along by starring with Paul Newman  in The Color of Money.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, Fast Eddie Felson comes back to the screen in this sequel to The Hustler, based on the sequel by Walter Tevis, published in 1984.

Newman reprises his role as Felson, now older and working as a liquor sales representative, who comes across the cocky potential of young pool player Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise).

Along with his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Ellen Mastrantonio) and fellow pool shark Julian (John Turturro), Felson takes them on the road to learn how to scam and hustle playing pool.

Felson starts to play again himself, as the conflicts with Vincent not wanting to follow his lead in playing  arise. Coming up against a fellow shark, Felson loses to Amos, played by Forest Whitaker and decides to disappear, leaving Vincent and Carmen with enough money to go to Las Vegas.

Released in October 1986, the Touchstone film, made for $13.8 million hit the box office with rave reviews for Newman’s performance. The film garnered a box office bonanza of $52 million after its first run.

Featuring a popular original score by musician Robbie Robertson, the film’s noir style was dominated by its soundtrack, featuring blues/rock music by Willie Dixon, BB King, Mark Knopfler, Don Henley, Eric Clapton and Robert Palmer.

Nominated for four Oscars, Paul Newman was given the Best Actor in a Leading Role by the Academy in 1987, and forever is Fast Eddie Felson.