GenreAdventure, Drama Music directorSylvester Levay CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) (ABC) WriterOtis Jones, David Sherwin CastBrooke Shields (Laura), Burgess Meredith (Sampson), Thomas Byrd (Chris Barnes (as Tom Byrd)), Brian Kerwin (Ben Keating, the Diver), William Bronder (Jack, Coast Guard Capt.), David S. Cass Sr. (Expatriate (as Dave Cass)) Similar moviesThe Adventures of Tintin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, National Treasure
TaglineGold lured them to the deep. Greed and jealousy led them to terror.
Wet Gold is a 1984 television movie starring actress-model Brooke Shields. Directed by Dick Lowry, the film originally aired on October 28, 1984 on ABC.
Wet Gold is the story of Laura, a young café waitress dreaming of owning a piano. Laura stumbles across Sampson, a drunk elderly man who fills her with exciting stories of a boat that sank with millions of dollars in gold. Although Chris Barnes, Laura's boyfriend, keeps telling her that Sampson's stories are all false, Sampson makes her believe that they are indeed true. Laura takes Sampson to a library, where she finds on old a newspaper article that matches up the events he described.
After becoming a true believer, Laura convinces Barnes, Sampson and Ben Keating, an experienced sea diver, to search for the treasure. Together they set off from Key West in the baker's boat that Barnes is supposed to be looking after. Keating shows a liking for Laura, and because of this, Barnes begins to feel uncomfortable with him. After spending some time in the water, their dreams become reality, but the discovery of gold begins to change their personalities. Tensions fill the air as passions rise in the wake of greed and jealousy for both the fortune and Laura.
Upon its premiere, the movie was the highest rated network TV program in its 9-11PM time slot. But when it repeated on Sunday December 21, 1986, it was the lowest rated network TV program of the evening. The highest rated one was NBC's holiday special Bob Hope's Bagful Of Christmas Cheer, on which Hope's co-stars included Wet Gold star Brooke Shields.