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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 are 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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Storyline

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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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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Budget:

$69,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$54,222,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Fluid breathing is a reality. Five rats were used for five different takes, all of whom survived and were given antibiotic shots by a vet. The rat that actually appeared in the film died of natural causes a few weeks before the film opened. According to James Cameron, the scene with the rat had to be edited out of the UK movie version because "the Royal Veterinarian felt that it was painful for the rat". James Cameron repeatedly assures that the rats used for this take didn't suffer any harm. See more »

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The oxygenated fluid is a strong reddish color, yet in most of the shots of Bud's face as he is diving to the bottom of the abyss, the fluid around his face and head is either crystal-clear or only very pale reddish. 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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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
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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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