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Dead Calm -- 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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Terry Hayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 April 1989 (USA) See more »
A Voyage Into Fear. See more »
A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he's just slaughtered. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Phillip Noyce 
Writing credits
Terry Hayes (screenplay)

Charles Williams (novel)

Produced by
Terry Hayes .... producer
George Miller .... producer
Doug Mitchell .... producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Dean Semler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Francis-Bruce 
Casting by
Liz Mullinar 
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
Graham 'Grace' Walker 
Art Direction by
Kim Hilder 
Costume Design by
Norma Moriceau 
Makeup Department
Noriko Watanabe .... head of makeup department (as Noriko Spencer)
Production Management
Narelle Barsby .... production manager
Marcus D'Arcy .... post-production supervisor
Barbara Gibbs .... production manager: opening sequence
Neville Mason .... unit manager
Claire O'Brien .... post-production supervisor
Phillip Roope .... unit manager: opening sequence
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Astridge .... second assistant director
Colin Fletcher .... first assistant director
Ian Freeman .... second assistant director
Stuart Freeman .... assistant director
Keith Heygate .... first assistant director: opening sequence
George Miller .... second unit director
Vincent Monton .... second unit director (as Vince Monton)
Murray Robertson .... first assistant director
Charles Rotherham .... first assistant director
John Titley .... second assistant director
Tony Wellington .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ian Allen .... props buyer (as Ian Allan)
Ian Allen .... set dresser (as Ian Allan)
Trevor Badger .... construction assistant
Terry Barton .... construction assistant
Rick Best .... set builder
Peta Black .... set finisher
Ty Bosco .... storyboard artist
Walter Bron .... set builder (as Wolter Bron)
Martin Bruveris .... set finisher
Michael Calvin .... construction assistant
Andrew Chauvel .... leading hand (as Andy Chauvel)
Leah Cocks .... art department coordinator
Matt Connors .... set finisher
Anthony Croft .... construction assistant
Don Croft .... construction assistant
Garth Croft .... set builder
Tom Davies .... construction assistant
Wayne Dawson .... construction assistant
Judy Ditter .... art department coordinator
Mont Fieguth .... additional set dresser (as Monty Fieguth)
David Field .... construction assistant
Jan Flint .... soft furnishings
Daniel Flowers .... set builder
Peter Forbes .... art department runner
Kevin Asher Green .... construction assistant (as Kevin Green)
Ken Hannan .... construction assistant
Peter Harrison .... construction assistant
Guido Helmstetter .... special propmaker (as Guido Helstetter)
Robert Higham .... construction assistant
Bill Howe .... construction manager
Steve Huxtable .... construction assistant
Grant Longley .... set builder
Billy Malcolm .... head scenic artist
Billy Malcolm .... sculptor
Gerald Marr .... construction assistant (as Jerry Marr)
Bob McCarron .... prosthetics artist
Karan Monkhouse .... stand-by props
Philip Murchie .... construction assistant
John Nornede .... construction assistant
Michael Ormorod .... construction assistant
Tom Overton .... construction assistant
Bronwyn Parry .... set builder
Ray Pedler .... scenic artist (as Ray Pedlar)
Simon Pooley .... construction assistant
John Rann .... construction manager
Tony Read .... construction assistant
Jane Richter .... art department runner
Clive Roberts .... construction assistant
Rob Robinson .... assistant designer
Larry Sandy .... set builder
Dennis Smith .... construction supervisor
Marcus Smith .... leading hand
Hugh Wade .... construction assistant
Nick Walker .... construction assistant
George Zammit .... stand-by props: opening sequence
Sound Department
Nick Breslin .... assistant sound editor (as Nicholas Breslin)
Steve Burgess .... foley editor
Lloyd Carrick .... additional sound recordist
Julius Chan .... multi-track engineer
Julius Chan .... sound effects editor
James D'Arcey .... multi-track engineer (as James D'Arcy)
Philip Dickson .... sound transferer (as Phil Dickson)
Philip Dickson .... transfer operator
Antony Gray .... assistant sound editor
Tim Jordan .... dialogue editor
Phil Judd .... sound mixer
Gerard Long .... foley editor (as Gerry Long)
Gerry Long .... foley editor
Jane Maguire .... assistant sound editor
Ian McLoughlin .... sound mixer
Susan Metcalfe .... dialogue editor
Gerry Nucifora .... boom operator
Ben Osmo .... sound recordist
Angus Robertson .... dialogue re-recordist
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Annabelle Sheehan .... dialogue editor
Lee Smith .... sound designer
Joe Spinelli .... additional boom operator
Peter Townend .... sound effects editor
Noelleen Westcombe .... assistant adr editor
Noelleen Westcombe .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Brian Cox .... special effects coordinator
David Hardie .... special effects technician
Chris Murray .... special effects technician
Reece Robinson .... rain effects: opening sequence
Wilson Starr .... special effects technician
David Young .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... special visual effects & opticals
Glenn Boswell .... stunt coordinator (as Glen Boswell)
Richard Boué .... stunts
Tony Lynch .... stunts
Joe Pampanella .... stunt performer
Michael Read .... stunts (as Michaele Read)
Glenn Ruehland .... stunt coordinator (as Glen Ruehland)
Lyddy Van Gyen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Grant Atkinson .... best boy: opening sequence
Bruce Barber .... key grip: opening sequence
Ross Berryman .... additional cinematographer
Brian J. Breheny .... additional focus puller (as Brian Breheny)
Dean Bryan .... additional electrician
Geoff Burton .... director of photography: opening sequence (as Geoff Burton)
Geoff Burton .... photography: second unit
Colin Deane .... focus puller
Alan Dunstan .... best boy
Lindsay Foote .... additional gaffer
Tex Foote .... generator operator
Tony Holtham .... additional gaffer
Kerry Jackson .... assistant grip
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Ian Jones .... additional cinematographer
Ian Jones .... aerial camera operator
Ian Jones .... underwater camera operator
Darrin Keough .... first assistant camera: opening sequence
Kevan Lind .... additional camera operator
David Lindsay .... clapper loader
Danny Lockett .... assistant grip
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Ian McAlpine .... assistant grip
Sean McClory .... additional clapper loader
Sean McClory .... camera maintenance
Irvine G. McLaughlin .... key grip
John Morton .... gaffer
Paul Moyce .... additional electrician
Paul Moyes .... lighting technician
Ian Plummer .... gaffer: opening sequence
Trevor Ripper .... additional electrician
Gary Shearsmith .... assistant grip: opening sequence
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
Craig Sykes .... additional electrician
David Thomas .... grip rigger
Ross Williams .... additional camera maintenance
Casting Department
Joanne Zaluski .... casting associate: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor
Jenny Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor: opening sequence (as Jennifer Campbell)
Suzy Carter .... additional stand-by wardrobe (as Suzie Carter)
Annie McCarthy .... seamstress
Susan Pullen .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Sue Blainey .... first assistant editor
Sue Blainey .... first assistant editor: opening sequence
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Miriam Cortes .... negative matcher
Jenny Hicks .... assistant editor
Louise Innes .... associate editor
Other crew
Nick Alimede .... caterer
Janelle Ambrose .... caterer
Catherine Barber .... financial controller
Dixie Betts .... production coordinator: opening sequence
Lynda Collings .... additional personnel
Clair Crowther .... additional personnel (as Claire Crowther)
Wayne Dunstan .... laboratory liaison
Zev Eleftheriou .... safety supervisor
Alison Ely .... additional continuity
Janeen Faithfull .... production accountant
Karen Freeman .... additional personnel
Serena Gattuso .... additional production staff
Lynette Harding .... additional personnel
Bob Hicks .... safety officer: opening sequence
Alistair Jenkins .... additional personnel
Fiona King .... additional production staff
Fiona King .... production coordinator
Maggie Lake .... production secretary
Peter Lawless .... location manager: opening sequence
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
David Lucas .... additional personnel
David Marshall .... caterer
Paul Martin .... additional production staff
John May .... accounting assistant
Laura McKinley .... dog wrangler
Stuart McNorton .... additional personnel
Pat Nash .... boat wrangler
Barbara Nolan .... liaison: Sydney
Jeff Powis .... double
Jenny Quigley .... script supervisor
Kate Quinn .... double
Jacquie Robertson .... unit nurse (as Jacqueline Robertson)
Stephen Saks .... location manager
Vicky Satterwhite .... additional personnel
Mark Taylor .... production runner
Julie Tulloch .... caterer
Cassie Vaile .... caterer
David Vaile .... caterer
Alfonso Valencia .... additional personnel
Owen Williams .... additional personnel
Denise Wolfson .... laboratory liaison
Christine Woodruff .... additional personnel
Mary Jane 'M.J.' Yates .... production coordinator (as Mary-Jane Yates)
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Jaime Fowler .... electronic press kit editor (uncredited)
John Lelko .... very special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear" - USA (poster title)
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96 min | Turkey:83 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
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The yacht 'Storm Vogel' was used as the yacht the 'Saracen'.See more »
Continuity: When the row boat is being rowed to meet the white boat the sea is rough, but when the white boat is sailing to meet it the sea is completely flat.See more »
[first lines]
sailor #1:Merry Christmas, Captain Ingram.
John Ingram:[returning salute] Merry Christmas, Eric.
sailor #2:Merry Christmas, sir...
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57 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
A great horror thriller in the style of Eric Red, 29 May 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Dead Calm is directed by Australian film maker Philip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and he is very talented director. This film stars young Nicole Kidman (21-22 years old in this film!) as a wife to Sam Neill and they have lost their son in a horrible car accident. They want to get over it and so they go to the sea with their boat and spend several weeks there. All is going fine and they are going to get over the loss of their son, but soon they discover an abandoned looking ship in the horizon and a man (Billy Zane) paddling desperately towards them. The man reaches the ship and the couple helps him on the board. He is little confusing and suspicious and soon his real nature is revealed...

This is extremely pleasant thriller and reminds me of films written by Eric Red (The Hitcher, Near Dark, Blue Steel) and these four films are very similar. The atmosphere in Dead Calm is very haunting and incredibly restrained. The atmosphere is also very similar to David Lynch and Lost Highway and Twin Peaks. The music is very important element in Dead Calm (as is in The Hitcher and Near Dark, too) and the overall feeling is very threatening and ominous. There are many exciting and breath taking scenes such as the one in which Sam Neill is trapped in a boat that is sinking and filling with water. With music, the photography is great and there are definitely no technical flaws in this great and surprisingly effective flick.

The young Nicole Kidman is so talented and acts perfectly. No one can say she can't act. Just look at her face and expressions: she is the main character in here and she is almost in every scene and she does nothing wrong or never acts over the top. The other actor's are also great, Sam Neill and Bill Zane, even though Zane goes little too far in couple of scenes and is not too believable. But overall, because there are so many great elements here, these little flaws and illogical plot turns can be forgiven.

Philip Noyce is worth watching director and he has done also other effective thrillers, but I think this will be one of his greatest achievements. Dead Calm is highly recommended.


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