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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

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Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Rey ...
Helicopter Pilot (as Daniel Bahimo Rey)
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A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea... Written by John Smith <John.Smith7@net.ntl.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic shark attacks, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alerta en lo profundo  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,107,643 (USA) (30 July 1999)


$73,648,142 (USA) (26 November 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Renny Harlin has said that Deep Blue Sea (1999) was the hardest film he's ever made. See more »


During the Climax of the movie, the survivors make an improvised explosive using the black powder from 10 flares. One of the characters mentions that they could get 2 1/2 sticks of dynamite form the flares. In truth the flares they're using each contain only about 1.5 grams of black powder. They would need 450 of those flares to get the equivalent of 2 1/2 sticks of dynamite. See more »


Carter Blake: They got a pill for what's wrong with you?
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, both the Warner Bros. shield and the Village Roadshow logo are depicted as being underwater. See more »


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Just Because
Written by Troy Taylor and Charles Farrar
Produced by The Characters
Performed by F.A.T.E.
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User Reviews

Pretty Good Movie
8 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought Deep Blue Sea was one of the best shark movies created. I was very fascinated by the scientific part of the movie. The basis wasn't just on terror and blood. I think there's a real personal side to it for the lead character. She had watched her father suffer for years, and that drive and desire to prevent the same thing from happening to so many others gave the movie the obsession that it had. I found it refreshing that this movie had a woman obsessed with helping others instead of some risqué character obsessed with sex or violence. However, the other characters were not introduced to well. You never really found out anything about them. There were some suggestive hints about Carter having a background, but it was as if the movie left you hanging, or you got to make up whatever happened yourself.

There were some bad points as well. Firstly, the relationships between the characters weren't consistent. One minute, it would seem that certain characters were just acquaintances or co-workers, and the next, they seemed to be such close friends. Though, I suppose a tragedy like that would have that effect on people. The other fact that gets me every time I watch the movie is how many times Carter falls down! Yes, sometimes it's unavoidable, but then, others, you can tell he randomly jumps and slides away. Every time they try to do anything, Carter is falling down. Also, what gets to me each time I see the movie is when the stretcher hits the window. All the cast members stand there watching. I know that if I were the room and that first chunk of glass had flown from the window, I wouldn't wait and see what happens next--I would have been running for the door long before they did.

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