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An obvious attempt to cash in on the success of Jaws, this 1977 thriller was also based on a bestseller by Peter Benchley, and it features a memorable performance by Robert Shaw (the doomed shark hunter in Jaws) in one of the last roles of his career. Looking very tanned and healthy, Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset play a young couple enjoying a tropical vacation who discover a glass ampoule while scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda. It takes a seasoned treasure hunter (Shaw) to identify the ampoule as part of a valuable shipment of World War II morphine lost at sea, coincidentally, atop the even greater treasure of a sunken Spanish galleon. Thus begins a race for drugs and treasure pitting Nolte, Bisset, and Shaw against a ruthless drug lord (Louis Gossett Jr.) who’ll do anything–even resort to Haitian voodoo–to get what he wants. It’s all rather contrived and exploitative (after all, the movie’s best known for Bisset’s wet T-shirt scuba-dive), but as escapist entertainment goes it’s got some exciting highlights including a moray eel that attacks on cue and… well, uh, Jacqueline Bisset in a wet T-shirt.
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