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The Abyss (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  9 August 1989 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn ...
'Sonny' Dawson
Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. ...
Lew Finler (as Capt. Kidd Brewer Jr.)
George Robert Klek ...
Ensign Monk
Dick Warlock ...
Dwight Perry (as Richard Warlock)
Jimmie Ray Weeks ...
Leland McBride


An American nuclear submarine encounters an alien species, which coincidentally causes massive electrical and hydraulic malfunctions, causing the sub to crash into an underwater cliff and sink. The navy asks the workers of a nearby underwater oil rig who are joined by a number of navy SEALS to locate and investigate the cause of the crash. As the crew embark on their mission, they encounter a number of difficulties and discover that they may not be alone. There is something else down there. Written by Anonymous

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There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abyss  »

Box Office


$69,500,000 (estimated)


$54,222,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Facebook page exists for "Benthic Petroleum", the fictional company which owns and operates the drilling rig, and features an image of a promo for the company. The blurb on the poster footer reads "At Benthic Petroleum we drill deeper into the unknown than anyone else in the business. Why? That's where our future lies waiting, at the bottom of the deepest trenches. In the abyss." See more »


When the men hanging on the subs jump off to investigate the nuclear submarine, a camera shot pointing upwards reveals the surface of the tank they were filming in. See more »


[first lines]
USS Montana Captain: Sixty knots? No way, Barnes. The Reds don't have anything that fast.
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Crazy Credits

There was a memoriam for Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. added to all subsequent home and television releases. See more »


Referenced in Urotsukidoji III: Return of the Overfiend (1993) See more »


Too Much Pressure
Written by N. Davies
Published by Fairwood Music Ltd.
Performed by The Selecter
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/Chrysalis Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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User Reviews

Wow that was a fantastic movie!
16 December 2003 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I like short reviews so I will try to keep this short!

Let me begin to tell you this movie is original! Not to many movies are being made that have an underwater setting.

The movie is about a drilling team who operate a high tech underwater drilling station deep under the sea. As soon as they become cut off from the surface in a storm near an underwater crevice things are getting a weird.

Strange in a way that the movie slowly shows that something scary and silent is there with them on the ocean floor. It builds suspension gradually until it ends within a climatic ending of the movie which I really liked (but some people have other opinions about that!)

Acting is great and the story very original with just enough action!

**** out of five!

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