Deep Water 2006

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Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 60's, "Deep Water" is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who attempts to win the most daring nautical challenge known to man - the inaugural Sunday Times Golden Globe, round-the-world boat race.

Starring:
Clare Crowhurst, Jean Badin
Rental Formats:
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Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 32 minutes
Starring Clare Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Santiago Franchessie, Donald Crowhurst
Director Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
Genres Documentary
Studio PATHE DISTRIBUTION
Rental release 16 April 2007
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 19 May 2007
Format: DVD
Having read the excellent Tomalin/Hall book of this story, and then the reviews here at Amazon, it was apparent there'd be little else added to a tale that has been in the making for nearly thirty years. True enough there wasn't, but only factually.

Nevertheless, I still thoroughly enjoyed this documentary film. Having watched the interviews with Crowhurst's wife and one of his sons, I couldn't help but feel truly sorry for his family and Crowhurst himself, something that the book didn't really manage for me (even though the book is superb). The footage of the disastrous start to Crowhurst's race out of Teignmouth made me laugh out loud, which is pretty odd seeing as I knew how this tragic tale ended.

After reading the book I felt Crowhurst was just a chancer/Mittyesque character that took a big gamble and lost in the ultimate way. After the film, I still felt some of this this but the difference was I ended up liking Donald Crowhurst. Of course, the film-makers may have been more sympathetic to get the co-operation from the family but I like to think this is an accurate representation of the tale as it was. At the end, I felt genuinely moved by what I'd just seen.

If you don't have the time or inclination to wade through 275 pages of the book, then rent or buy this little treasure. It may be lacking the finer detail of the book but it added something important; the human side to all this and the effect that a tormented mans dream had on everyone around him. Overall it's an important story that should be heard. The film describes the story simply, is filmed nicely, has crucial interviews with many of the main players and therefore I recommend it highly.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Holt on 22 Sept. 2008
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I'm no film buff nor literary critic so excuse this amateur appraisal but, for me, Deep Water was one of those films you'll remember for the rest of your life. It was painfully tagic, with no winners, only pain and heartache for all concerned. Very well put together, great contributions from fellow sailors, journalists and family with wonderful footage from the time. It's now over a year since I last saw it and it still haunts me. What different times yachtsmen live in today but it doesn't alter the fact that we are all just human, all equally fallible. Great film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on 5 Nov. 2007
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This is a beautiful and completely compelling film; the story of the last voyage of Donald Crowhurst, a completely batty amateur of the finest British tradition, a man with a young family and a struggling business who becomes inexplicably fixated on an utterly forlorn quest to win the 1968 Sunday Times solo, non-stop round-the-world-yacht race.

Archive footage reveals that from the earliest stage Crowhurst, a tubby, cardigan-wearing thirty-seven-year-old inventor, had no idea what he was taking on (but at least he was dressed for it: in a tie and slacks as he set off on the race!), what he was doing, or how his plan had a hope of success, yet bizarrely he was financed, filmed, represented by people who ought to have known better, and most strangely of all allowed, even out of his garden shed, by his wife, a woman revealed by the documentary to be otherwise a sober, sensible, reflective and thoughful woman. One of many tragedies catalogued was that no-one had the wherewithal or gumption to tell this poor chap - in no sense one of life's winners, and certainly not the sort to be up for a round-the-world solo yacht journey - not to be such a blazing fool.

Yetm, like a Shakespearian tragedy, plot developments thereafter are piled inevitably on, compelling the poor man on when even he had twigged it was sheer madness: the oppressive terms of his financing, residual pride, his own ill-considered decisions to misreport his positions, and in the final strait the sheer bad luck to have a couple of his competitors unexpectedly sink or go postal on him when he needed them simply to complete the course ahead of him and allow him to finish in quiet, plucky British ignominy.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 April 2007
Format: DVD
This is an excellent, feature-length documentary about the Round The World yacht race of the late 1960s.
It's constructed from actual footage of the journeys, plus interviews of those who took part and their families, plus some very clever modern filming which neatly bridges the gaps.

The story is a sad one, about Donald Crowhurst, one of the competitors.
He was one of only nine competitors to enter the race. He viewed it very much as a way to make his fortune, a boy's own adventure that would set him up for life.

Instead it destroyed him, and this film explains how and why.

It's a very clever documentary which certainly influences the viewer's feelings -- you start by being incredulous that someone with so little experience even entered this appalling competition, and end up wishing that history could have played out differently.

It gives great insights into the trials and attractions of solo yachting, the savagery of the seas, and the accomplishment of the race winner.
But this is a film for mature appreciation.
It's not a splash-and-dash crowd pleaser.
And it doesn't end well, unlike the producers' previous effort of Touching the Void.
So Deep Water is probably not one to watch if you're in a sad mood, but if you enjoyed Touching the Void then you may well find it compelling viewing.
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