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The Big Blue (1988)

Le grand bleu (original title)
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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Johana
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Dr. Laurence
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Novelli
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Uncle Louis
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Roberto
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Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)
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Bonita
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Sally (as Kimberley Beck)
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Alfredo
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La Mamma
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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 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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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19 August 1988 (USA)  »

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FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,500,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Luc Besson was very uncertain about which actor to cast in the main role. He proposed the role to Christopher Lambert (with whom he worked in his previous movie), had a meeting with Mickey Rourke and even was suggested that he himself should take the role, since he had such affinity with the character. It was not only until weeks before filming that someone suggested the name of Jean-Marc Barr. See more »

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Jacques gives Johana a bunch of balloons by the dolphin pool. 1 second later the balloons change color, pink ones disappear. New balloons are yellow and translucent. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Louis: Hey, have you ever seen a mermaid?
Young Jacques: No.
Uncle Louis: I have, you know. Don't you want to know where? Why don't you ask me?
Young Jacques: What?
Uncle Louis: Where I saw mermaids! Why don't you ever ask any questions? I'm always the one asking the questions. I'm now aware I ask the questions so now I'm talking to myself! Ask me something, goddamn it!
Young Jacques: Why did my mother leave?
Uncle Louis: Row.
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Referenced in Un amour de cousine (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

MY LADY BLUE
Lyrics by Luc Besson
Composed by Éric Serra
Performed by Éric Serra
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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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