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The Big Blue (1988)

Le grand bleu (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Sport | 19 August 1988 (USA)
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
Marc Duret ...
Roberto
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Duffy
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Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Valentina Vargas ...
Bonita
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Sally (as Kimberley Beck)
Patrick Fontana ...
Alfredo
Alessandra Vazzoler ...
La Mamma
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 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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diver | dolphin | diving | sea | italy | See All (120) »

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N'y Allez Pas, Ça Dure Trois Heures! [version longue] See more »

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Adventure | Drama | Sport

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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19 August 1988 (USA)  »

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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

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

Goofs

When Jacques jumps into the sea the night after the competition, it's clearly dark. Later one, when playing with a dolphin underwater, it's clearly bright outside, and then dark again when he's seen from outside the water again. 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 Fantasmes! Sexe, fiction et tentations (2013) 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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