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Dead Calm (1989)

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

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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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In the middle of nowhere there is nowhere to hide. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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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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Filming took almost six months. See more »

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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 »

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[assuming it's her husband that is washing her hair]
Rae Ingram: You know what I'd love for lunch? Fresh asparagus, then, um, pasta - angel hair pasta with heaps of basil, garlic, olive oil and, um, apple pie. Yeah. Uh, John, have you got a towel?
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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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Remade as Inhumanoid (1996) See more »

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Written by Graeme Revell (as Revell) (Regular Music)
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Courtesy Regular Records
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A Terrific Thriller!
12 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love 'Dead Calm'. It is among my favorite movies, and I've probably watched it 5 or 6 times over the years.

'Lost at sea' stories have always appealed to me and this one is, in my opinion, one of the best ever filmed. The plot and characters are original and quirky, which sets 'Dead Calm' apart from the stacks of other sea tales. This is a truly intense thriller -- packed with so many twists and turns that it's totally compelling from beginning to end.

Nicole Kidman is positively stunning as Rae Ingram, a strong and invincible young woman who is determined to rescue her husband, John (Sam Neill). Billy Zane is incredibly good as the villain, Hughie Warriner. He is so convincing and scary that, to this day, I find it difficult to watch Zane in other films without thinking of Hughie.

'Dead Calm' delivers an engrossing story that is well performed and very unique.


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