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Writers (WGA):
Roger Holzberg (written by) and
Tim Cahill (written by)
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Release Date:
February 1995 (USA) See more »
A survey of the world's oceans, emphasizing the fact that it's a single interconnected ocean, and the dependence of all life on the ocean... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Meryl Streep ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Connor ... Herself (Monterey) (as Dr. Judith Connor)
William Hamner ... Himself (Palau) (as Dr. William Hamner)
Rainos M. Hayes ... Himself (Hawaii)
Steven K. Katona ... Himself (Maine)
Richard Marsh ... Himself (Hawaii)
Laura Martin ... Herself (Palau researcher)
Stephanie K. Martin ... Herself (Maine)
James A.R. McFarlane ... Himself (Monterey)
Bruce Robison ... Himself (deep ocean research, Monterey) (as Dr. Bruce H. Robison)
Jennifer Rock ... Herself (Maine)

Marty Thomas ... Himself (Hawaii)
Francis Toribiong ... Himself (Palau native)

Directed by
Greg MacGillivray 
Writing credits
Roger Holzberg (written by) and
Tim Cahill (written by)

Produced by
Stephen Judson .... creative co-producer
David Keighley .... producer
Alec Lorimore .... producer
Greg MacGillivray .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Greg MacGillivray (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Judson 
Production Design by
Thomas A. Walsh 
Art Department
Thomas A. Walsh .... art director: Mbari
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound effects: Weddington Productions
William Freesh .... sound mixer: EFX Systems (as Bill Freesh)
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects: Weddington Productions (as Mark Mangini)
Ken Teaney .... sound mixer: EFX Systems
Visual Effects by
Tim Drnec .... motion control
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects supervisor: Imagica USA
Camera and Electrical Department
John-Paul Beeghly .... assistant camera
Gay Browning .... assistant camera
Bob Cranston .... assistant camera
Chuck Davis .... underwater photographer: Mbari
Tim Drnec .... assistant camera
Steve Ford .... assistant camera
Pat Gilluly .... gaffer
Howard Hall .... underwater cinematographer: Palau
Scott Hering .... assistant camera (as Scott Herring)
Manny Hernandez .... grip
Timothy Housel .... cinematographer: surfing aerials
Don King .... cinematographer: surfing water scenes
Charles Nicklin .... photographer (whale photography) (as Chuck Nicklin)
Brad Ohlund .... camera and technology supervisor
Brad Ohlund .... camera operator
Brad Ohlund .... cinematographer: Coast Guard aerials, Maine whales
Lee Parker .... gaffer
John Stoneman .... photographer: whale photography
Jack Tankard .... camera operator
Mark Thurlow .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Dan Muscarella .... timing
Editorial Department
Lisa Butala .... apprentice editor
Myles Connolly .... first assistant editor
David Fanning .... editorial consultant
Ralph Milliken .... post-production consultant: David Keighley Productions Ltd.
Matthew Muller .... post-production coordinator
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
John W. Parsons .... negative cutter: 70mm Inc. (as John Parsons)
Scott Price .... post-production consultant: David Keighley Productions Ltd.
Taj J. Teffaha .... second assistant editor (as Taj Teffaha)
Robert Walker .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Alan Deremo .... musician
Terry Nelson .... music mixer
Steve Wood .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Kathy Almon .... unit production coordinator
Bob Ballard .... academic advisor: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (as Dr. Robert Ballard)
Jo Ann Carlson .... production personnel
Kalani Ching .... helicopter pilot
Jeanette D. Connolly .... production personnel (as Jeanette Connolly)
William Dean .... local production assistant
William Dean .... location scout
Debbie Fogel .... production personnel
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (as Harry Haus)
Alison Logan .... production coordinator
Milton Love .... science advisor (as Dr. Milton Love)
Cheryl Real .... production personnel
Jennifer Saitz .... science advisor
John Stoneman .... director: whale photography
Jack Tankard .... technology development supervisor
Kathy Addington .... special thanks: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Mimi Drummond .... special thanks: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Alan Gibby .... special thanks: Dynocomm Productions
Julie Packard .... special thanks: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Wants to show too much, 23 March 2006
Author: rbverhoef ( from The Hague, Netherlands

As a documentary 'The Living Sea' is sort of a mess, throwing as much in forty minutes as it can, but it contains images of rare beauty, some useful information and a great soundtrack.

Narrated by Meryl Streep we learn some things about the sea under the surface and about the sea above the surface. Although these things both have their influence on each other the film rushes so much we never really learn why. We see some jelly fish, some surfers, some whales, the islands of Hawaii, the islands of Palau with its own narrator, a research center in Maine, some other creatures, a rescue boat.

Yes, I have to admit that every small episode is entertaining or at least beautiful to look at, but from a documentary, even a forty minute IMAX production, you expect a little bit more. The soundtrack from Sting is a nice bonus that makes 'The Living Sea' both easy on the eyes as on the ears.

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