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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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Johana Baker
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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
Andréas Voutsinas ...
Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Valentina Vargas ...
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 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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The sea has a secret. [Australian poster] See more »


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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)

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$3,500,000 (USA)
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The underwater shots with the dolphins were filmed in the Virgin Islands in large enclosures, and the dolphins were flown there from the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. The dolphin who appears most often on screen is a male named Natua, who had also taken part in dolphin language experiments because of his intelligence. See more »

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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 pulls out a whiskey flask in a diving bell]
Noireuter: Is that alcohol? That's *really* forbidden!
Enzo: Hey, do you have any more complaints? Just make a list and we'll stick it on the porthole, OK?
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References Diva (1981) 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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Cult Movies 47
6 November 1998 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

47. THE BIG BLUE (adv.-romance, 1988) Mayol (Jean-Marc Barr) is determined to dethrone current world-free diving champion Enzo (Jean Reno). Childhood friends, they share a fierce rivalry that, nonetheless, has kept their friendship alive. Both of them share an almost spiritual affinity with the sea, especially Mayol who lost his father. His love for his sport, however, is put on hold when he meets Joanna (Rosanna Arquette). But as Mayol and Enzo's competition become more fierce, Joanna slowly feels herself drifting away from Mayol, as his fascination with the sea takes on an obsessive turn.

Critique: Marvelouslly filmed underwater adventure from master-Frenchman Luc Besson, who has specialized on action films. This is his most personal work to date, thus taking on a uniquely surreal quality. The exquisite camera-work is very special, at times almost documentary in quality.

This mix of 'art' cinematography and romance made it a big money earner all over Europe but, not surprisingly, only gained critical acclaim elsewhere. Adding to its failure is a somewhat downbeat ending that, I think, complements the film's mythic storyline.

Besson's 'epic masterpiece' has yet to reach many viewers who would embrace his visionary talents.


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