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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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Dwight Perry (as Richard Warlock)
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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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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$54,222,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aside from Michael Biehn, there are none of the usual regulars who work with James Cameron in The Abyss (1989). E.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, etc. Henriksen was briefly considered for a part but was unavailable. See more »

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Water dripping from the control room ceiling in the Montana falls perpendicular within the camera frame instead of falling at an angle while the boat sinks. See more »

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[first lines]
USS Montana Captain: Sixty knots? No way, Barnes. The Reds don't have anything that fast.
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There are no opening credits, save for the title, which emerges from darkness. The camera then follows down the "Y" of the title, and dissolves into the underwater blue of the ocean. See more »

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References Xenogenesis (1978) See more »

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The Walk To The Gas Chamber
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From The Seventh Sign (1988)
Music composed and performed by Jack Nitzsche
Courtesy of Tri-Star Pictures, Inc.
Published by TSP Music, Inc. administered by EMI Music, Inc.
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Superb sci-fi action adventure
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Abyss is one of the best sci-fi action/adventure movies ever made. Besides the "usual" ingredients of excitement, characterization and great narrative technique, the movie really scores on the wonder factor. The amazing, jellyfish-like aliens and their manipulation of water... A superb story incorporating the use of a then-recent SFX breakthrough to absolute perfection. A timeless story with great actors, great characters, great emotional substance.

The story is fabulous. It is about the very survival of humanity, drawing on that time-honored science fiction trope: will we be so stupid and disorganized that we cause our own destruction, or will love and reason prevail, inaugurating a great and harmonious future for our species? In thinly veiled symbol terms, this movie demonstrates how we will reach the brink of destruction due to our own folly, but can be redeemed if we rediscover the love and wonder that we once lost.

My rating: A clear 10 out of 10.

P.S. Coffey's first name is... Hiram?!?! BWAAAH-HA-HA-HA!!!!


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