Deep End

Synopsis: 15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman, Susan, who works there as an attendant. Although Susan has a fiancé, Mike does his best to sabotage the relationship, to the extent of stalking both her and her fiancé. Mike becomes increasingly desperate to have Susan for himself, with tragic results.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jerzy Skolimowski
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Hello? Oh, Susan, erm,

come to my office, please. Right away.

As you know,

the job pays reasonably well.

And if you work hard, who knows?

You may end up behind this desk one day.

Come in. This is, erm, Nick.

- Michael.

- Oh, I'm sorry. Michael.

He's new here. Tell him about his duties

and well, and he's to start at once.

Turn that off!

Now, you'll get your wages

every Saturday.

- Good luck, son.

- Thanks a lot, guv.

Er, none of your "guv"

in this establishment.

It's always "sir". Don't forget.

- Please, sir... Thank you, sir.

- All right then.

There's a storeroom there

where you can leave bits and pieces,

cashier's desk.

Down this corridor is the main baths.

Men's on the left, women's on the right.

That's my box room down the end there

with the door open,

you've got one on the left.

- Your first job?

- Yeah.

I thought it would be all white.

I only left school at Christmas.

You'll be all right here.

You can leave your coat there.

I'll show you the pool.

Come on.

Hey, will I be allowed to swim here?

Yeah, anytime you want. Hey! Hey...

Come on, this way.

I'll show you what to do.

Keep going, you won't be so cold.

I'll explain to you about the bath.

Oh, that's the toilets there.

Both those doors there.

As I said, your box room on the left.

And that's my section.

Come here, handsome. You'll get yourself

great tips, even better than mine.

What do you mean?

Er, number four hasn't been done out.

I'll show you what to do in here.

Well, you know, old chap,

ladies of a certain age tend to favour

polite and obliging young boys.

- So do some gentlemen.

- Yeah.

Well, first you...

I'm not to wait on ladies, am I?

We'll see.

First, you scrub it out.

I know some women who'd

tip you 10 bob for nothing, really.

- Just for imagining things.

- Yeah.

After some of them, this is quite a job.

Then you lay out a clean towel, soap,

a dry brush, a mat, a bathrobe and a...

- Can I help you do it?

- No, it's all right.

And wipe the masterpieces off the wall.

And don't believe everything you read,

as the teacher said.

When they're in here,

they're all supermen.

- Right, can you remember all that?

- Um...

Towel... No, wash it, towel,

bathmat, bathrobe,

- um, sheet...

- And?

- And masterpieces.

- Right.

There. It's a bit rough but it'll do.

Right, we'll go and get you changed.

You've got shorts and a t-shirt

and a white coat like mine.

There you are. Your first customer.

Oh, sir. Please come in.

Number five, I think, please, sir.

Just down there.

Hang on. I'll get a towel.

What did he say? Number five?

No, sir, no. Please, sir.

Number five is down there.

Um, yeah, number five.

This is number two.

Sir, come, come, come...

- Towel, sir, please.

- That's all right.

- Soap. Soap. Soap.

- Up yours. Up yours. Up yours.

A bathrobe?

Hello? Hold on, I'll see if she's here.


I can't find her. Sorry.

- Yes.

- Oh, there you are.

There was a call for you. Sorry.

- Who?

- A man, of course.

Of course.

- Mike?

- Yeah?

Mike, be a dear, look after my section

for a bit, would you?

I've got to pop out

for a couple of minutes.

There's a customer I know in

the waiting room. She's a decent sort.

Put her in cubicle three.

- Yeah, but...

- You're not worried, are you?

All right?

Yeah, all right, Susan.

And, don't call her "guv".

The girl attendant isn't here, madam.

But I will show you to your cabin.


Your cabin...

- You're new here, aren't you?

- Yes.

- You keen on football?

- Yes, madam.

Would you get me a shampoo

for medium dry hair?

You'll find it in the girl's box room.

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Jerzy Skolimowski

Jerzy Skolimowski (Polish: [jɛʐɨ skɔliˈmɔfskʲi], born 5 May 1938) is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films since his 1960 début Oko wykol (The Menacing Eye). In 1967 he was awarded Golden Bear for his film Le départ. His famous film is Deep End(1970). Jane Asher and John Moulder Brown acted in Deep End. He lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years where he painted in a figurative, expressionist mode and acted occasionally in films. More recently, he returned to Poland, and to film making as a writer and director after a 17-year hiatus with Cztery noce z Anną (Four Nights with Anna) in 2008. He received the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. more…

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