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Release Date:
19 August 1988 (USA) See more »
Between what you know and what you wish, lies the secret of... [The Big Blue] See more »
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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  (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)

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)
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... adr mixer
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
Andrzej Malinowski .... painter/poster artist
Jacques Mayol .... technical consultant
Monique Pautas .... production accountant
Patricia Pierangeli .... dialogue coach (as Patrizia Pierangeli)
Marcel Rousseau .... technical engineer
K.C. Schulberg .... location manager

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Also Known As:
"Le grand bleu" - France (original title)
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168 min (director's cut) | France:132 min (original cut) | USA:118 min (edited version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) (edited US version) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (edited US version) | Canada:G (Quebec) (edited US version) | Chile:14 | Denmark:11 (director's cut) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:12 | Japan:R15+ (2015) | 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?

The most financially successful French film of the 1980s.See more »
Continuity: In the first competition, Jacques reaches 110 meters (360 feet). However, the slab he brings back with him says 108 meters.See more »
Jacques:I don't understand. Please explain to me.
Enzo:What do you want to know?
Enzo:About what?
Jacques:About everything!
Enzo:Mama mia.
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Stop #3 Into Besson's Mind, 10 January 2006
Author: vampyricacid from United Kingdom

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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