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diving with clothes on


I thought that the underwater footage was well worth seeing, but will someone please explain why Treece The Robert Shaw character did all of his diving scenes with his clothes on? Did they not have enough money on the budget to buy him a diving/wet suit?

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I noticed that too! Seriously, diving with khakis and a button down shirt? I thought he might be a never-nude.

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they also talk about diving into a bathtub. their diving procedures are all sorts of messed up.




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yea i noticed it too and he was still wearing his shoes while dove in.

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guess those british are just really formal.



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he wouldn't have to use a wet suit. He is old blood and guts. But you need some kind of clothes, to protect your body from the bottle straps and lead belts, etc. the water in the bahamas is warm enough for him.
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<<But you need some kind of clothes, to protect your body from the bottle straps and lead belts, etc. >>

If you mean the actual diving gear he's wearing, that's not true. Plenty of people dive in warm water with nothing but a bathing suit on. Look at David and Gail at the beginning of the movie, for instance.

Now, you MIGHT need clothes on when diving on a reef or a wreck just to protect yourself from the things you might encounter underwater. There are things that can sting (leaving or a rash, or sometimes even killing a person) or bite, and on a wreck, you could get cut on any of a number of things. Of course, if all you're going to do is wear shorty wetsuit or a t-shirt, that's not gonna protect your arms, hands or legs, but I think wearing a more comprehensive wetsuit (ie jacket with sleeves, trousers, etc) might have been too warm, like wearing a parka in Texas in the middle of the summer.

So in fact, in terms of protection, Treece probably had the most sensible diving attire. Most of his body would be protected against injury, but without the excessive thermal protection a full body wetsuit would give. Of course, in the 80's diveskins became popular under such circumstances, but I don't think those were in use yet in the 70's (and besides, I think Treece would have been even less likely to wear a diveskin than a wetsuit).

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Thanks, I'm glad that I was not the only one to notice it.

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In the book, he is dressed like that as well. I believe it has to do with his disposition of not being like most people.


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Yeah, it was part of his character. I think it stands out quite well and besides...all of us noticed!

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He was washing his laundry.

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he never did look like a pretty boy. never went for that shenanigans. I like this movie very much Robert Shaw is a bad ass.

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