Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Family  |  18 April 2003 (UK)
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James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.


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Herself (as Dr. Lori Johnston)
Charles Pellegrino ...
Himself (as Dr. Charles Pellegrino)
Don Lynch ...
Himself / Thomas Andrews
Ken Marschall ...
Himself / J. Bruce Ismay
Jeffrey N. Ledda ...
Corey Jaskolski ...
Jason Paul ...
Eric C. Schmitz ...
Himself (as Eric Schmitz)
Genya Chernaiev ...
Victor Nischeta ...
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch ...
Himself (as Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch)


Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration, the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend, Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreck, inside and out, as never before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of the crew right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D Theatres and specially outfitted 35mm 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 90 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel, more than any shipwreck, continues to intrigue... Written by Anonymous

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The legend no one can forget has become the greatest 3D adventure ever filmed.

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Titanic szellemei  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,408,474 (USA) (11 April 2003)


$17,040,711 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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(Blu-ray extended special edition)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two robotic submarines in the film are named Jake and Elwood, a reference to The Blues Brothers (1980). See more »


The fourth funnel is shown falling backwards when the ship breaks in two in the sinking simulation. It would do no such thing. It would fall forward like the other funnels. This is also seen in the "final plunge" montage with the photographs of the passengers who perished in the disaster superimposed in front of the footage of the ship sinking from the movie Titanic. See more »


Featured in Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron (2012) See more »


Alexander's Ragtime Band
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I went for a great 3D experience and that's what I got
27 April 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure what negative reviewers were expecting; I went in looking for the very rare high-budget 3D experience and got what I was looking for. I personally spend most of my television viewing time watching TLC, TDC and History Channel and I think my interests and tastes mirror Cameron's to a great degree. For me, it's fascinating and exciting to go down and penetrate the wreck of the Titanic for the same reason that I will be eternally fascinated with the Apollo missions to the moon. It's really exciting to see the previously unseeable. I found watching the scenes outside and inside the wreck to be as exciting as watching the first pictures from Mars Pathfinder... a sense of excitement and wonder in seeing something so remote and so exotic and bizarre.

When I read these reviews I try to find someone who appears to have a similar outlook to myself and then predict if I will like the film or not before I go to see it. My guess is that if you really loved Apollo 13 then you will have a great time watching this movie. You must love science and that frontier spirit to truly enjoy this movie. I think I can say with fair conviction that if you didn't like Apollo 13, you should stay home. There won't be that much here for you. For example, if the fact that the pressure down there is (I just worked it out) is 5482 pounds per square inch doesn't add to the coolness and excitement of watching film from down there, but Jennifer Lopez being on board would, look elsewhere.

If you like 3D, this 3D is as good as I've seen and to be honest I'd love to see this movie again just for the really enjoyable and unique experience of "feeling" right off the bow of the Titanic in 12,462 feet of water.

This is in no way a rehash of the movie Titanic and it has no plot. It has a little funny dialog but it's unscripted. I liked one moment (during the long descent to the bottom):

Bill Paxton: "So, if the motors or battery died, we could get back to the surface by dumping the um.. uh..."

Russian Pilot: "Ve have many options in this situation."

Bill Paxton: "So, we could dump the batteries, though, right, and we'd come up no matter what?"

Russian Pilot: "Yes, but we do not want to do that. This battery costs, I think, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars."

Bill Paxton: "Can I write you a check?"

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