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Aliens of the Deep (2005)

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James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life forms.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch ...
Himself - MIR Chief Pilot and Keldysh Expedition Leader (as Dr. Anatoly M. Sagalevitch)
Genya Chernaiev ...
Himself - MIR Pilot
Victor Nischeta ...
Himself - MIR Pilot
Pamela Conrad ...
Herself - Astrobiologist: JPL
Arthur 'Lonne' Lane ...
Himself - Astronomer and Planetary Scientist (as Dr. Arthur 'Lonne' Lane)
Jim Childress ...
Himself - Marine Animal Physiologist: UC Santa Barbara (as Dr. Jim Childress)
Herself - Marine Animal Physiologist: UC Santa Barbara
Michael Henry ...
Himself - Marine Animal Physiologist: UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Hand ...
Himself - Planetary Scientist: Stanford University and SETI Institute
Maya Tolstoy ...
Herself - Marine Seismologist: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Herself - President: Space Generation Foundation
Kelly Snook ...
Herself - Planetary Scientist: NASA
Megan McArthur ...
Herself - NOAMA Astronaut: NASA (as Dr. Megan McArthur)
Tori Hoehler ...
Herself, Astrobiologist, AMES (as Dr. Tori Hoehler)
Charles Pellegrino ...
Himself - Science Observer


James Cameron journeys to some of the Earth's deepest, most extreme and unknown environments in search of the strange and alien creatures that live there. Joining him is a team of young NASA scientists and marine biologists who consider how these life forms represent life we may one day find in outer space not only on distant planets orbiting distant stars, but also within our own solar system. Aliens of the Deep is the result of expeditions to several hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic and the Pacific. These are violent volcanic regions where new planet is literally being born and where the interaction between ocean and molten rock creates plumes of super-heated, chemically-charged water that serve as oases for animals unlike anything ever discovered. Six-foot tall worms with blood-red plumes and no stomach, blind white crabs, and a biomass of shrimp capable of "seeing" heat all compete to find just the right location in the flow of the super-heated, life-giving water or to fry ... Written by Anonymous

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The search for life beyond begins below.


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Release Date:

25 August 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A mélység szülöttei  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$479,368 (USA) (28 January 2005)


$8,968,045 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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1.78 : 1
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A must see movie for all ages
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had phenomenal 3D effects which rather than serving as a distraction or a novelty served to enhance my enjoyment. At the bottom of the Atlantic we find that in the absence of light life can be supported by heat - heat on the ocean floor with temperatures in excess of 700 degrees generated by underwater chimneys. Despite these extreme conditions many varied and beautiful life forms are found in abundance. In addition to exploring underwater sea life this movie includes a glimpse into the possibilities of discovering life on another planet's moons. The graphics demonstrated one way that a deep space probe could penetrate 3 to 16 miles of a moon's frozen exterior. I highly recommend this movie.

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