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Dead Calm (1989)

 -  Thriller  -  7 April 1989 (USA)
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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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sailboat | yacht | ship | schooner | sea | See All (216) »

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High Seas. Deep Terror. See more »

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear  »

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$7,825,009 (USA)
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Around 1997, there were rumors that Orson Welles material had been revised and seemed "as good as complete (compared to the shooting script)," and that his widow, Paola Mori, was trying to get it cut and distributed. See more »

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Before Rae and Hughie move on the floor to have sex Rae and Hughie are fully clothed. When they drop onto the floor Hughie is naked while Rae is only partially dressed. See more »

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[first lines]
sailor #1: Merry Christmas, Captain Ingram.
John Ingram: [returning salute] Merry Christmas, Eric.
sailor #2: Merry Christmas, sir...
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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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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Written by Hugo Peretti (as Peretti) / Luigi Creatore (as Creatore) / George David Weiss (as Weiss) / Albert Stanton (as Stanton) (Essex Music)
Performed by The Tokens
Courtesy BMG Music International
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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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