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The Big Blue (1988) More at IMDbPro »Le grand bleu (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Luc Besson (story)
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Release Date:
11 May 1988 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Between what you know and what you wish, lies the secret of... [The Big Blue] See more »
Plot:
Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The best special effect of " Big Blue " is its freedom. See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rosanna Arquette ... Johana Baker

Jean-Marc Barr ... Jacques Mayol

Jean Reno ... Enzo Molinari

Paul Shenar ... Dr. Laurence

Sergio Castellitto ... Novelli
Jean Bouise ... Uncle Louis
Marc Duret ... Roberto

Griffin Dunne ... Duffy
Andréas Voutsinas ... Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)

Valentina Vargas ... Bonita

Kimberly Beck ... 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
Gregory Forstner ... Young Enzo
Claude Besson ... Jacques' Father
Marika Gevaudan ... Angelica
Jan Rouiller ... Noireuter
Pierre Semmler ... Franck (as Peter Semler)
Jacques Lévy ... Doctor (as Jacques Levy)
Eric Do ... Japanese Diver
André Germe ... Philippino Diver (as Andre Germe)
Ronald Teuhi ... Tahitian Diver
Rosario Campese ... Waiter
Franco Diogene ... Receptionist
Tredessa Dalton ... Carol
Constantin Alexandrov ... Dolphin Trainer
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues ... Superintendent
Claude Robin ... Taxi Driver

Paul Herman ... Taxi Driver in U.S.A
Nicolas Maltos ... Diving Coordinator on Platform
Marc Planceon ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Luc Besson ... Blond Diver (uncredited)

Valentina Castellani ... Lady in elevator (uncredited)
Christian Gazio ... Plongeur coinçé (uncredited)
Chico Scimone ... Andre Bonnet (uncredited)
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Directed by
Luc Besson 
 
Writing credits
Luc Besson (story)

Luc Besson (screenplay) &
Robert Garland (screenplay) and
Marilyn Goldin (screenplay) &
Jacques Mayol (screenplay) &
Marc Perrier (screenplay)

Produced by
Monty Diamond .... line producer: New York
Patrice Ledoux .... producer
Claude Besson .... executive producer (uncredited)
Luc Besson .... co-producer (uncredited)
Bernard Grenet .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti (US version)
Eric Serra (European version)
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Varini 
 
Film Editing by
Olivier Mauffroy 
 
Casting by
Nathalie Cheron 
Lissa Pillu 
 
Production Design by
Dan Weil 
 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Barthelemy 
 
Costume Design by
Blandine Boyer 
Magali Guidasci 
Malika Khelfa 
Mimi Lempicka 
Brigitte Nierhaus 
Martine Rapin 
Patricia Saalburg 
 
Makeup Department
Michèle Constantinides .... assistant makeup artist (as Michele Constantinides)
Catherine Crassac .... hair stylist
Geneviève Peyralade .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nikos Giannopoulos .... production manager
Bernard Grenet .... production manager
Didier Hoarau .... assistant unit manager
Michel Jullien .... assistant unit manager
Marc Maurette .... production manager
Patrick Millet .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Breton .... third assistant director
Jérôme Chalou .... first assistant director
Bertrand Fèvre .... second assistant director
Anne Guillard .... third assistant director
Patrick Halpine .... first assistant director
Yann Michel .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michel Conche .... property master
Alain Darthou .... construction manager
Christian Gazio .... carpenter
Julie Sfez .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Pierre Befve .... sound engineer
François Groult .... sound mixer
François Gédigier .... sound editor
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gerard Lamps)
 
Special Effects by
Alain Guillé .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luc Besson .... camera operator: underwater unit
Patrick Camboulive .... still photographer
Irène Champendal .... first assistant camera (as Irene Champendal)
Stefan Czapsky .... gaffer: New York
Jean-François Drigeard .... electrician
François Gentit .... second assistant camera
Vincent Jeannot .... first assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Mas .... key grip
Jacques Monge .... steadicam operator
Christian Pétron .... camera operator: underwater unit (as Christian Petron)
Jean-Claude Reux .... head gaffer
 
Casting Department
Pat Orseth .... casting: USA
 
Editorial Department
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
 
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Eric Serra .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Abdul Malik Abbott .... production assistant
Marc Biehler .... diving coordinator
Christopher Carson .... production assistant
Elisabeth Chochoy .... continuity
Nikos Giannopoulos .... location manager
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... production assistant
François Laurent .... optical engineer
Jacques Mayol .... technical consultant
Monique Pautas .... production accountant
Patrizia Pierangeli .... dialogue coach
Marcel Rousseau .... technical engineer
K.C. Schulberg .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le grand bleu" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
168 min (director's cut) | France:132 min (original cut) | USA:118 min (edited version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) (edited US version) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (edited US version) | Canada:G (Quebec) (edited US version) | Denmark:11 (director's cut) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:12 | Norway:10 (1989) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (director's cut) | USA:PG-13 (original rating) | USA:PG (original release) (edited for re-rating) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Paul Shenar's last film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Enzo would have very marked lines on his face from "mask squeeze" from going to those depths at the end, when Jacque is holding him.See more »
Quotes:
Uncle Louis:[to Johana] So, where are you from, Henrietta?
Jacques:Johana! New York!
Uncle Louis:New YORK? What KIND of a name is that?
Johanna:No, I'm *from* new York
Uncle Louis:Oh Yes! The best lays are from New York!
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Soundtrack:
MY LADY BLUESee more »

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110 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
The best special effect of " Big Blue " is its freedom., 6 May 1999
Author: Luis Filipe dos Reis Peres from Portimão, Portugal

This is the movie of my life !

I never before saw a film that i could identify myself so much with. I´m lucky enough to live in a place near the sea very similar and as beautiful as those in the movie and the opening scenes always remind me of my teenage years and the waters i explored like young Jaqques Mayol does in the beginning of the movie. Things that i still do. So i immediatley related to the character and its love for the ocean.

I guess that´s the beauty of this movie. It makes us feel that we could be any of its characters, because they´re so real. We almost can´t believe that they don´t exist outside of the movie. This is an amazing ,beautifuly well written ,acted, photographed and directed movie ! It carries us into an extraordinary world, and it´s our world !! (mine at least to some point) Not some hollywood depiction of reality !

But what it´s about it ? This is the worst thing anyone can ask about this movie.

I would hate to be the guy who had to publicize this in USA. And i can see why it failed there.

But what can i say about it?... That it´s the story of two friends who compete to find out who´s best ?...It´s more than that ! That it´s a love story ? It goes beyond every love story ! That it´s an adventure ? You bet it is ! But it has no action, no chases,no dangerous cliffangers, no guns and no explosions. It doesn´t even has bad guys ! Or good guys in fact. That it´s a travel or a road movie ? Probably. This movie has better locations than any James Bond movie will ever get and they´re all real !

But they don´t matter much compared to the characters in the film. The characters then... There´s a hero right ?... Well there´s two of them. Two men. But they´re not heroes.

Probably the hero is a woman who sacrifices her happiness for love. So, there´s a woman and two men. There´s got to be a love triangle there to cause all those love story rivalary subplots, right ? Well, there´s a love triangle, but there aren´t subplots attached to it. In fact the love triangle has more than three people. All characters are a part of it realy. Including dolphins ! Even the ocean.

Aha ! So this is some sort of a kinky erotic and exotic movie thing ? Wrong ! There´s sex in it, but not in that way at all.

It´s a comedy then... You´ll laugh, but you´ll cry too. It´s a drama ... Not in the conventional cliché way. Not at all. A dramatic comedy... Nope !

It´s a sci-fi film !... Well there´s scientists in it, and deep underwater, and even under ice diving scenes, but it´s not a scifi film, although the American "version" Movie Trailler presented it like if it were some new esotheric adventure underwater sci-fi horror movie, when in fact it is not.

So what is this movie about ?!!

It´s about what you want it to be. About what you´re feeling. It´s that open. You just have to feel it.

As Luc Besson said in an interview, at some point in the movie he was stuck, because he didn´t know how to carry the audience inside.

Then the real Jaqques Mayol, who worked in the film as a diving and story consultant took Besson diving with him one day and made him experience the sea in his way. Then Besson understood that he didn´t had to explain anything to the audience. He just had to make people feel what it was like !

And boy, did he make it ! The atmosphere in this movie goes beyond words. It has to be felt ! Also the soundtrack is out of this world and trully magical.

To me this film is about love, but in a much deeper meaning than the usual. Beyond race, beyond gender, beyond sex, beyond nationality. Love as an emotion. And about freedom !

So get a wide screen TV and a full blast surround. This movie is the reason to buy one if you don´t have it! Believe me ! And watch it in the dark.

Try to get the european full version of the movie. The american is not that terrible, the feeling is there, but it´s diferent from the original.

This movie is a masterpiece ! ( in any version )

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