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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)
Helicopter Co-Pilot
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Boy #1
Girl #1
Boy #2


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?


Russell Franklin's Fantasy Island (1977) Tattoo reference upon arriving at Aquatica was improvised by Samuel L. Jackson. See more »


In the beginning of the movie they had a very heavy teddy bear on board, since it sank very quickly. See more »


Tom Scoggins: Who you gonna trust huh? You trust me. You know why? Because I'm *Trustworthy*
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Crazy Credits

Members of the shark effects team have shark-related nicknames, for example, Peter 'GreatWhite' Smith. See more »


Referenced in 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd: Deep Blue Deed (2002) See more »


Good and Plenty
Written by Joleen Belle and Alan Molezion
Produced by Robert Palmer
Performed by Divine
Courtesy of Pendulum Records/Red Ant LLC
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User Reviews

A CGI Masterpiece
19 April 2008 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

This is true but that doesn't mean it was a great movie. The effects were just simply great, especially for a shark movie. Definitely ahead of the Jaws series and almost everything else in terms of effects.

The directing was not great but it was not bad. Harlin does enough to keep you entertained the whole movie but that is about it. Don't expect some Spielberg Jaws masterpiece. What pushed it to above average was the one kill scene that you will never see coming. His directing probably made it more funny than scary. That is not horrible though. I won't say who though. The acting was average. This is not a superb cast but that shouldn't be too shocking if you look at the storyline. Nothing else is really worth talking about in the technical aspects.

Just watch it and you will see why it is just a CGI masterpiece.

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