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Dead Calm (1989)

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A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he's just slaughtered.

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An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems. Written by Loring Holden <loring@healthchex.com>

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yacht | ship | schooner | sea | ocean | See more »

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High Seas. Deep Terror. See more »

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Thriller

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear  »

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$7,825,009 (USA)
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The tall ship used was 'Golden Plover' based in Airlie Beach, near Australia's Great Barrier Reef Whitsunday Islands where Dead Calm was filmed. A full size model ship was burned in the film and 'Golden Plover' lived to sail another day. See more »

Goofs

During the first part of the sex scene Hughie rips off Rae's shorts and underwear. When she slips on a robe to go run up on deck and get the shotgun, she is wearing a white thong underneath her robe. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
sailor #1: Merry Christmas, Captain Ingram.
John Ingram: [returning salute] Merry Christmas, Eric.
sailor #2: Merry Christmas, sir...
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank the owners of 'Storm Vogel' for the use of their yacht as the 'Saracen' and Keith Williams, the staff and management of Hamilton Island. See more »


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Wired for Sound
Written by Graeme Revell (as Revell) (Regular Music)
Performed by SPK
Courtesy Regular Records
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An exceptional thriller that will stand the test of time.
12 March 2007 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Dead calm is an 'edge of your seat' thriller with above-average acting from Kidman, Neil and Zane. It's hard to imagine a film that captivates your attention and sustains it for an hour and a half with just three characters. Not an easy feat by any stretch, yet that is what Philip Noyce accomplishes with this film. The script is very good indeed, but it is the Director who manages to create the right kind of tension to keep the viewer interested throughout. The music score is also beautifully haunting and the cinematography excellent. I found myself holding my breath and feeling the same emotions the actors were conveying. All of these characteristics come together to produce an exceptionally thrilling movie. I watched this movie over a dozen times and enjoyed every viewing. It's that good!


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