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  • Adaptation Displacement: Like Jaws, this is another Peter Benchley adaptation better known than the book that it adapts, although not to nearly the same degree.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice A shirtless young Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset in a Sexy Soaked Shirt are both famous parts of the film.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Kevin has little dialogue and only about ten minutes of screen-time, but he's quite popular due to the scene where he fearlessly fights a thug who tries to kill him by using an outboard motor like a chainsaw.
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  • Fan-Preferred Cut Content: Most of the deleted scenes aren’t very good in the opinion of most fans, but the inclusion of the scene that reveals Cloche killed Treece’s wife would have done a lot to explain the character’s mysterious motives.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The moray eel attacks, due to its enormous size, gaping jaws, and the way no one can tell what's dragging Gail into the wreck by her net the first time the eel attacks.
  • Signature Scene:
    • As striking and suspenseful as the diving action scenes are, many fans view this fight scene between The Dragon and a Mauve Shirt buddy of Treece as the best part of the film, with several YouTube comments calling it one of the best fight scenes ever.
    • The opening scene, both for providing the Best Known for the Fanservice moments and for providing a quick and effective introduction to both the beauty and the dangers of diving beneath the ocean.
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  • The Woobie: It's hard to deny that Gail (who doesn't want anything to do with the treasure hunt in the first place) goes through a lot. She nearly drowns in a moray eel attack in the opening scene. She's subjected to a Pervy Pat Down and a Shameful Strip after being kidnapped by Cloche and is clearly uncomfortable about both. Then, she is attacked in her hotel room, her clothes are cut off with a knife and she's painted with animal blood for a Hollywood Voodoo ritual. David arrives to find a sobbing Gail in a Troubled Fetal Position afterward.

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