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The Big Blue (1988)

Le grand bleu (original title)
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The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.



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


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 an insurance office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques who is being studied by 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 than human. 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 finds out that Jacques will be competing in a diving championship that takes place in Taormina, Sicily. In order to see Jacques again she ... Written by Reiner Rosin <rosin@mi-lab.fh-furtwangen.de>

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Release Date:

19 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,500,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rosanna Arquette and Griffin Dunne previously appeared in After Hours (1985). Their scenes in both films were shot in New York. See more »


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 »


[after getting 10.000 dollars]
Roberto: Enzo, what are you going to do with the money?
Enzo: Have the car painted.
Roberto: Guiseppe will do that for 25 dollars.
Enzo: Then tell him to wax it too.
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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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