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Director:
Writers:
Luc Besson (story)
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Release Date:
11 May 1988 (France) See more »
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 »
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(22 articles)
User Reviews:
Cult Movies 47 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) | Chile:14 | 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first competition, Jacques reaches 110 meters (360 feet). However, the slab he brings back with him says 108 meters.See more »
Quotes:
Enzo:Don't look at Jaques as if he was a human being, he comes from another planet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Bee in August (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
MY LADY BLUESee more »

FAQ

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27 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Cult Movies 47, 6 November 1998
Author: Carlos Xavier from Australia

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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