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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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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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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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Release Date:

11 May 1988 (France)  »

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The Big Blue  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the story is fiction, it is inspired by the lives of divers Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca. See more »

Goofs

Jacques takes off his sneakers, then jumps into the pool with his sneakers on (although in the director's Cut we see him replace his shoes). See more »

Quotes

[after a drunken breath holding contest]
Jacques: Who won?
Johanna: Who won what? The asshole award? Let me tell you, it was a tie!
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Referenced in Pirated Copy (2004) See more »

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MY LADY BLUE
Lyrics by Luc Besson
Composed by Eric Serra
Performed by Eric Serra
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Stop #3 Into Besson's Mind
10 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was my 3rd stop (2nd real stop, I have decided not to count Fifth Element)into the world of Luc Besson, and i have to say I was mightily impressed, Leon is still topping my list, I was absolutely blown away by that, but it is almost impossible to compare the two as they are completely different in mood and genre. For anyone wanting to watch a fantastic dream of a film, with absorbing characters, true love in all its forms and some awesome underwater photography then this is for you! The characters are all formed perfectly, almost exaggerated but not, Jean Reno is his usual astounding self, and Jean-Marc Barr really out does himself, with Rosanna Arquette in a superb supporting roll. the story ambles along at its own pace but never stops or gets dull keeping you interested along the way, I don't want to go too much into it as it was kind of spoiled for my by reading too much of these boards, needless to say I was crying at one point, and that doesn't happen often. The score compliments the film perfectly, Eric Serra has done a wonderfully emotive score that almost interacts with the scenes along the way.

Overall I'd give this film a 9/10, yet again awesome direction, acting and soundtrack, and definitely in my top films! just a shame i've borrowed it off a mate and have to give it back tomorrow, it's definitely something i could watch again and again!


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