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The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.



(play), (adaptation)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Jolyon Coy ...
Sarah Kants ...
Liz Jackson
Hester's Father
Collyer's Mother
Edie and Ravenscroft Assistant
Singing Man in Tube
Mr. Elton (as Nicolas Amer)


The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 November 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amor Profundo  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$123,841 (USA) (25 March 2012)


$1,124,786 (USA) (12 August 2012)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (Spanish dubbing mix)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


TIME magazine ranked Rachel Weisz's performance in the film as the fourth best performance of 2012 (November 2012), while New York Magazine named it the "Film Performance of the Year" (November 2012). See more »


Freddie Page: Let me give you a case: Jack loves Jill, Jill loves Jack. But Jack doesn't love Jill in the same way. Jack never asked to be loved.
Hester Collyer: And what about Jill?
Freddie Page: That's Jill's hard luck! I can't be bloody Romeo all the time!
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Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.3 (2015) See more »


Written by Herbert 'Happy' Lawson (as Herbert Happy Lawson)
Sung by Eddie Fisher
[Also sung by the crowd in the pub]
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The movie is just oh so serious but I didn't feel any emotions for any of the characters!
5 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'THE DEEP BLUE SEA': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Rachel Weisz has received much critical praise and award recognition (including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress) for her starring turn in this melodramatic romance based on the 1950's play, of the same name, by Terence Rattigan. In the film she plays the wife of a much older judge who begins an affair with a much younger former Royal Air Force pilot. It co-stars Tom Hiddleston (best known as Loki of 'AVENGERS' and 'THOR' fame) and Simon Russell Beale. It was directed and written for the screen by Terence Davies. Weisz's performance might be pretty good but the movie as a whole is just way too melodramatic and boring!

Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of High Court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) in 1950 London. Hester is bored with her life married to William, who is almost ten years older than her. Then she meets former RAF pilot Freddie Page, who's haunted by memories of his service in World War II. Hester and Freddie are drawn to each other and Hester is excited by the passion she feels for the much younger man (over a decade younger). Her new romantic adventure causes a lot of trouble for everyone involved though and results in a suicide attempt.

The movie is just oh so serious but I didn't feel any emotions for any of the characters. It's extremely tragic and dry and unbearable at times. Movies like this are just impossible for me to get into. I like emotional drama and will cry at a good tearjerker but I have to be given a good reason to care about the characters. Weisz might be really good in the film (as are the other actors) but I had a hard time acknowledging it as I could care less about her character. I'm sure there's an audience that will like and appreciate this film (like a lot of the critics) but it's not me.

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