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The Abyss (1989)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | 9 August 1989 (USA)
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

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Jammer Willis
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Lew Finler (as Capt. Kidd Brewer Jr.)
George Robert Klek ...
Wilhite
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Ensign Monk
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Dwight Perry (as Richard Warlock)
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Leland McBride
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DeMarco
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Formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth. Written by Jwelch5742

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A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for language and some scenes of action | See all certifications »

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9 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,319,797 (USA) (13 August 1989)

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$54,461,047 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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During the resuscitation scene, Ed Harris wasn't acting to Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in many of the shots. He was yelling at thin air. During the scenes she did appear in, he was pounding and slapping her for real. Mastrantonio stormed off the set when she was informed that the camera broke in the middle of the scene and she refused to perform such difficult sequence one more time. See more »

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When Lindsey tries to open the door to the room where Coffey keeps the nuke, she is holding a fire extinguisher in her hands. Its visible side is just red. However, when Coffey opens the door, there is suddenly a white tag on it, as she is holding it with the other side on top. See more »

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USS Montana Captain: Sixty knots? No way, Barnes. The Reds don't have anything that fast.
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There was a memoriam for Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. added to all subsequent home and television releases. See more »

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Referenced in Savage Harvest 2: October Blood (2006) See more »

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WILLING
Written by Lowell George
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
Courtesy of CEMA Special Markets and Capitol Records, Inc.
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An excellent movie
29 December 2001 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

This movie is extremely well made. Make sure you get the original director's cut, or Special Edition as they are calling it on the DVD. It includes the real ending, along with more than 20 minutes of additional footage. The morons from the studio in Hollywood decided that the public wouldn't want to see a nearly 3-hour underwater adventure, and forced James Cameron to cut it down and change the ending. The ending the studios insisted on is your typical boring old done-a-million-times happy ending, and does not work. It betrays the message of the film, and makes it nothing more than a good underwater shoot-em-up. This movie is much more than that. See the REAL ending to understand why it is so important to this film. As opposed to the canned studio ending, the REAL one makes you think. Well, what did you expect? Hollywood executives make movies for the common herd, they dumb them down to make sure every patron goes away feeling happy. God forbid that anyone actually may have to think a little. At the time, despite a few solid hits (such as the original Terminator), James Cameron wasn't enough of a power in La-La land to force the studios to release the movie as he wanted it to be. After Titanic, they will do whatever he says, so we can now expect some great Cameron films to look forward to, rather than having to wait for the REAL movie to come out years later on a Special Edition DVD.


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