Where was the Orange Grove Hotel in THE DEEP?
The fictitious Orange Grove Hotel was a combination of three real places and was named after a real Bermudian family estate. The locations are The Cliffs of Marley at Marley Beach; Coral Beach and Tennis Club, at Coral Beach; and, a former sail loft at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
The Cliffs of Marley, Marley Beach
One of the film's stunning panoramic shots is the 'Orange Grove Hotel' with its cliffside elevator which was filmed at a private dwelling now called The Cliffs of Marley above Marley Beach, 14 Marley Beach Drive, Warwick WK 08, Bermuda.
|The Cliffs of Marley (left) at Marley Beach as 'Orange Grove' looking east in 1976 with the Masters Maxsted designed elevator (Source Sony Pictures)|
The elevator, which was a focal part of the film's action, was specially designed by Tony Masters and Jack Maxsted to be fully functional and look like it had been standing since 1920. Made of steel and moulded fibreglass the structure was 113 feet high and cost (1976) $80,000. The surrounding limestone was too soft to provide support so the lift was anchored at the bottom and secured at the top by a customised concrete block heaved to the cliff edge.
|The Deep elevator and Slake's chalet at Marley Beach 1976 (Source American Cinematographer)|
The structure was removed after production and visitors to the beach now find no trace of the lift that once hurtled to the ground.
Some discrete product placement took place at Marley Beach. Dick Anthony Williams' (as Slake) chalet showcased classic beach brand Sea & Ski.
|"Tourists aren't allowed to blow themselves up you know" Dick Anthony Williams (as Slake) with Sea & Ski (Source Sony Pictures)|
The product also appears by the wheel of Sunkiss although audience attention was possibly focussed elsewhere.
|Sea & Ski placement on board Sunkiss (Source Sony Pictures)|
Orange Grove is the name of a real family estate in Bermuda and home to the Zuill family for many generations. The inspiration came from Peter Benchley's visit to Bermuda in c1969/70 when he first met Teddy Tucker. Benchley was a guest of the Zuill family whose 17th century cedar-beamed home Orange Grove he was invited to look around. Mrs. Zuill treated him to her famous cassava pie. Eaten mainly on holidays you can find a great cassava pie recipe here.
Royal Naval Dockyard
David and Gail's bungalow interior was a fully furnished set built inside a former sail warehouse at Royal Naval Dockyard. There were two temporary sound stages directly behind what is now the Clocktower Mall; "Sound Stage One" housed the interior of Treece's Lighthouse. "Sound Stage Two", as producer Peter Guber called it, housed the interior of David and Gail's bungalow at the Orange Grove Resort. THE DEEP's production offices and a small screening room were inside the Clocktower Mall also home to the "four-faced liar".
|"David?" Jacqueline Bisset inside the Orange Grove bungalow set at Royal Naval Dockyard (Source Sony Pictures)|
There is a Sail Loft building at what is now North Basin Building #7 (Sail Loft) Sail Loft Lane, Royal Naval Dockyard Sandy’s Bermuda MA01, and another building opposite, also a former sail loft, which is Building #9.
The National Museum of Bermuda has a collection of Tony Masters' sketches and storyboards which include the floor plan of the bungalow.
|Tony Masters' floor plan of the Orange Grove bungalow (Bernews and National Museum of Bermuda)|
Coral Beach and Tennis Club
The Orange Grove Hotel restaurant, where David (Nick Nolte) and Gail (Jacqueline Bisset) first encounter Henri Cloche (Louis Gossett) was filmed at the Longtail Terrace at Coral Beach and Tennis Club, 34 South Road Paget PG, 04, Bermuda.
|Jacqueline Bisset at the Longtail Terrace in 1976 (Source Sony Pictures)|
Staff performed as extras including Mr. Peter Tunnelly the Coral Beach Club's General Manager at the time who played Gail and David's waiter.
|Former Coral Beach Club manager Peter Tunnelly plays himself at the Longtail Terrace 1976 (Source Sony Pictures).|
The Longtail's iconic seascape furniture is still in use at the Club today.
|Longtail Terrace's furniture today (left) and in 1976 during filming (right) (Sources Coral Beach Club and Sony Pictures).|
The Pollockshields, one of many real shipwrecks that inspired The Deep's fictional Goliath, wrecked in 1915 on the reef in front of Coral Beach and Elbow Beach.
|Rescuing survivors from Pollockshields of Elbow Beach within sight of Coral Beach in 1915 (Source Bernews)|
When Pollockshields wrecked the ship was carrying 350 tonnes of munitions that were still washing up at Coral Beach and Tennis Club in 2010.
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