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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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R | See all certifications »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before filming began, Nicole Kidman took lessons from the owner of the Storm Vogel on how to operate the ship. During the storm sequences near the end of the film, she is actually piloting the yacht. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Rae is loading the shotgun, you can see the primers of the shotgun shells that have already been fired. 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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Referenced in Last Action Hero (1993) See more »

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Written by Hugo 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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One location 3 actors

A terrific thriller set on the sea with three fine actors portraying characters of control, resurrection, and unbalance. Sam Neil portrays the fearless, in control naval captain. His abilities combined with the institution of marriage display a refine existence. Compare Neil's abilities with Billy Zane's self induced party boy image who survives by the primitive nature of man and you will see structure verses chaos. Zane's character is sexy and alluring therefore irresistible to sexual stimuli. Nicole Kidman is faced with recovering from the loss of her child; shown, in the start of the film, being thrown out of the front of a car windshield. There, in the dead calm of an open sea, she must resurrect her abilities of courage and strength. She faces off the unbalanced nature of Zane's character using her sexual allure as well but in a very different capacity. It is all about survival using the tools given to you and the tools you acquire. A brilliant thriller set in one location. Directed with sexual tension. ***


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