"Helmed by Japanese director Tsugunobu Kotani, The Bermuda Depths is...something."
- Alvin George
The Bermuda Depths (1978)
Director: Tsugunobu Kotani (billed as Tom Kotani)
Writer: William Overgard (screenplay), Arthur Rankin, Jr. (story)
Cast: Leigh McCloskey, Carl Weathers, Burl Ives, Connie Sellecca, Julie Woodson, Ruth Attaway
Running Time: 97 min.
Plot: In Bermuda, a mysterious beauty re-enters the life of a young man whom she played with when he was a boy. A giant sea turtle also figures prominently in this story.
REVIEW: A live-action TV movie from Rankin/Bass Productions (the same company that put out the cartoon "Thundercats" and that deathless stop-motion classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), "The Bermuda Depths" has acquired a significant cult following over the years. The main protagonist is Magnus (future "Dallas" regular Leigh McCloskey), a young white dude who was orphaned when he was a young boy. As a young adult, he is back in Bermuda after traveling around to various places. Jennie Haniver (Connie Sellecca, who would later appear opposite William Katt on the TV show "The Greatest American Hero"), a dark-haired beauty who had played with Magnus as a child, mysteriously re-enters his life. Magnus hooks up with his black friend Eric (Carl "Apollo Creed" Weathers) and an eldery marine biologist (Burl Ives, the voice of the Snowman in the aforementioned "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") to help him with matters. Former Playboy Playmate Julie Woodson plays Weathers' wife, while "Conrack" actress Ruth Attaway plays an old lady who has a disturbing story to tell about Jenny.
ALVIN GEORGE'S REVIEW: 6/10