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The Big Blue (1988)
"Le grand bleu" (original title)

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Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johana Baker
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Dr. Laurence
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Novelli
Jean Bouise ...
Uncle Louis
Marc Duret ...
Roberto
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Duffy
Andréas Voutsinas ...
Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)
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Bonita
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Sally (as Kimberley Beck)
Patrick Fontana ...
Alfredo
Alessandra Vazzoler ...
La Mamma (Enzo's Mother)
Geoffrey Carey ...
Supervisor (as Geoffroy Carey)
Bruce Guerre-Berthelot ...
Young Jacques
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Storyline

Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving. One day Jacques' father, who was a diver too, died in the Mediterranean sea. After that incident Enzo and Jacques lost contact. After several years, Enzo and Jacques had grown up, Johanna, a young clerk in a security office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques who works for a group of scientists. He dives for some minutes into ice-cold water and the scientists monitor his physical state that is more like a dolphin's than a human's. Johanna can not believe what she sees and gets very interested in Jacques but she's unable to get acquainted with him. Some weeks later, back in her office, she notices a championship for divers that is supposed to take place in Taormina, Italy. In order to see Jacques again she makes up a story so the ... Written by Reiner Rosin <rosin@mi-lab.fh-furtwangen.de>

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The sea has a secret. [Australian poster] See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Blue  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,234 (USA) (14 July 2000)

Gross:

$80,804 (USA) (25 August 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Selected as the opening film at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

Johanna's Cigarette when she is giving her initial report to her boss in New York. See more »

Quotes

Enzo: You were right.
Jacques: About what?
Enzo: It's much better down there... It's a better place...
Jacques: no...
Enzo: Push me back in the water...
Jacques: No, I couldn't...
Enzo: Jacques... Take me back down... Please...
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Referenced in Paap (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

MY LADY BLUE
Lyrics by Luc Besson
Composed by Eric Serra
Performed by Eric Serra
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Hynoptic Masterpiece
22 August 2002 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

I have to watch this movie once a year just to calm my nerves. One of the few films to which I have also purchased the soundtrack. This film, like the sea which is its subject, hypnotizes you, seduces you, rocks you into a state of oneness with the lush scenery. Rosanna Arquette is beautiful and sexy in an uncharacteristically understated way. Barr makes the perfect beau and embodies the spirit of the film and the ocean. I fell in love with Jean Reno in this film. Unforgettable imagery, interesting premise, good chemistry between Arquette and Barr, and Reno is a joy to watch.

Masterfully directed by Luc Besson and a film to treasure.


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