Blue Water White Death

Blue Water, White Death is a 1971 American documentary about sharks which was produced by Peter Gimbel and James Lipscomb.[2] It received favourable reviews[3][4] and was described as a "well produced odyssey"[5] and "exciting and often beautiful".[6] It screened theatrically and was broadcast on television at various times during the 1970s[7][8] and 1980s.[9] The film was re-released on DVD in 2009.

Blue Water White Death
Directed byPeter Gimbel
James Lipscomb
StarringRon & Valerie Taylor
Distributed byNational General Pictures
Release date

Cast & crew

The following people appeared in the documentary - Tom Chapin, Phil Clarkson, Stuart Cody, Peter Lake, Peter Matthiessen, Rodney Fox, Valerie Taylor, Ron Taylor, Stan Waterman, Peter Gimbel, James Lipscomb and Rodney Jonklaas.[2][10] In 1986 Tom Chapin reflected on his role as an assistant cameraman on the production, joking that his life had "all been downhill since."[11] Some underwater sequences appearing in the film were shot using shark-proof cages.[12]

See also


  1. The Story Behind 'Blue Water'--an Unlikely Success Warga, Wayne. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Aug 1971: q22.
  2. "Blue Water, White Death (1971) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. "Great white shark is deadly quest, "Blue water, white death" reviews (1972)". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. 29 July 1972. p. 32. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  4. ""Blue water, white death" advertisement with quotes from reviews (1975)". The Daily Times-News. 17 September 1975. p. 48. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  5. "Review of "Blue water, white death" (1976)". The Times Herald Record. 27 November 1976. p. 39. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  6. "Brief review of "Blue water, white death" (1975)". The Daily Tar Heel. 22 September 1975. p. 3. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  7. ""Blue water, white death" cinema screening (1972)". The Baytown Sun. 14 August 1972. p. 2. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  8. ""The Bengal Tiger" and "Blue water, white death" double-feature advertisement (1973)". The San Bernardino County Sun. 16 June 1973. p. 34. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  9. "Blue water, white death - TV broadcast (1988)". Del Rio News Herald. 10 July 1988. p. 40. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. "Tom Chapin reflects on his work on "Blue Water, White Death" (1986)". The Galveston Daily News. 16 November 1986. p. 54. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  12. "Special diving elevators used in "Blue water, white death" (1971)". Abilene Reporter-News. 8 August 1971. p. 36. Retrieved 22 July 2017.

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