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The Rift (1990)

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An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", with a very experienced crew is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wick Hayes
Deborah Adair ...
Lt. Nina Crowley
John Toles-Bey ...
Joe Kane (as John Toles Bey)
Ana Rivera
Emilio Linder ...
Tony Isbert ...
Álvaro Labra ...
Luis Lorenzo ...
Frank Braña ...
Pocholo Martínez-Bordiú ...
Sven (as J. Martinez Bordiu)
Edmund Purdom ...
CEO Steensland
Barton (as Garick Hagon)
James Aubrey ...
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An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", with a very experienced crew is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find things that shouldn't be there... Written by Luis Carvacho <>

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'You Can't Hold your Breath & Scream at the Same Time'


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26 July 1990 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Endless Descent  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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After producing Leviathan (1989) for about $30 million, Dino De Laurentiis, albeit uncredited, decided to finance this low budget version of his own bigger budgeted movie. He hired David Coleman to rewrite a 250 pages draft by Colin Wilson. Coleman's work was written in English but it had to be translated into Italian for De Laurentiis and into Spanish for director Juan Piquer Simón who didn't speak English. See more »


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Co-production Spanish-US with international cast and submarine adventures
11 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

The underwater called Syren 1 is disappeared at a depth of 30.000 feet, and his designer named Wick(Jack Scalia) is sent down by NATO (chief played by Edmund Purdom) to investigate it. The mission on board a sub called Syren 2 is commanded by the captain (R. Lee Ermey), the crew is formed by a misfit group (Ray Wise,John Toles Bey,Emilio Linder,Ely Pouget,Frank Braña) and a scientific(Deborah Adair), former Wick's love interest. Tracking a black box signal the submariner heads to the deep rift where find several surprises and dangers.

This Sci-Fi/fantasy movie is a mingle of various films, as the deep rift with monsters (Leviathan, Deepstar six), a crew saboteur (Alien), a giant mother of monster (Aliens) and abysmal underwater mystery with weird beings (Abyss). Acceptable playing and as always good acting by Lee Ermey who brings nice performance as commandant, his usual role.Secondary cast full of Spanish actors as Frank Braña, Luis Lorenzo, Tony Isbert and even Pocholo Martinez Bordiu, grandson of Francisco Franco. Cheesy but enjoyable special effects and creatures by Colin Arthur (The Neverending story). Scale model and functional maquette work by Emilio Ruiz del Rio and Francisco Prosper. Passable cinematography by Juan Marine, Juan Piquer's ordinary cameraman. Atmospheric and adjusted musical score by Joel Goldsmith, Jerry Goldsmith's son. It's produced in middling produced by Francesca DeLaurentiis, daughter of the great Dino. The picture is professionally directed by Juan Piquer Simon(Slugs, Pieces, Extraterrestrials visitors), and also producer. Rating : Average but entertaining.

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