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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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A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space. 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?


Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. was already a professional diver prior to filming, and had also appeared in Cameron's Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981). He committed suicide the following year of the movie's release (some sources incorrectly inform that he died on a diving accident). The Special Edition is dedicated to his memory. See more »


When Coffey's submersible bumps into Lindsay's, she, Virgil and the submersible are shaken violently, however, the yellow rope coiled in the background remains stationary indicating the effect was achieved by shaking and tilting the camera. 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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Crazy Credits

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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One of the greatest films of all time.
1 June 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The special edition of this movie must rate as one of the best movies ever made.

Everything is present in it's correct quantities: Action Romance Adventure Sci-fi Black Comedy

This film is head and shoulders above every other film because of it's attention to detail and the excitement and drama it delivers

This is a DVD must have.

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