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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  28 July 1999 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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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)


£8,087,585 (UK) (3 December 1999)

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really good shark movie
24 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i'm no professional, but i thought deep blue sea was an excellent shark movie. the sharks were scary, surprising and fast. i thought the casting was excellent ("carter" was a cutie and the cook was funny) and i really liked the matter what anybody says. i thought the plot was good and simple enough that you didn't have to do any deep thinking really. and there really wasn't enough time during attacks for my stomach to untense. the girl scientist's accent got annoying at times, but she was a believable character. i wasn't crazy about samuel l jackson's character, but he made it work...and did i add that the shark attacks were scary and GOOD!! i'll admit it...i JUMPED!!

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