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The Deep Blue Sea -- Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz plays the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage.
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  (in credits order)

Ann Mitchell ... Mrs. Elton
Jolyon Coy ... Philip Welch

Karl Johnson ... Mr. Miller

Rachel Weisz ... Hester Collyer

Simon Russell Beale ... Sir William Collyer

Tom Hiddleston ... Freddie Page
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Jackie Jackson
Sarah Kants ... Liz Jackson

Oliver Ford Davies ... Hester's Father

Barbara Jefford ... Collyer's Mother
Mark Tandy ... Edie and Ravenscroft Assistant

Stuart McLoughlin ... Singing Man in Tube
Nicholas Amer ... Mr. Elton (as Nicolas Amer)
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Directed by
Terence Davies 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terence Davies  adaptation
Terence Rattigan  play

Produced by
Katherine Butler .... executive producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer
Eliza Mellor .... line producer
Norman Merry .... executive producer
Sean O'Connor .... producer
Kate Ogborn .... producer
Lisa Marie Russo .... executive producer
Original Music by
Samuel Barber 
Cinematography by
Florian Hoffmeister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Charap 
Casting by
Jane Arnell 
Production Design by
James Merifield 
Art Direction by
David Hindle (supervising art director)
Sarah Pasquali 
Set Decoration by
Debbie Wilson  (as Deborah Wilson)
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Sally Rose Davidson .... hair stylist trainee
Sally Rose Davidson .... makeup artist trainee
Alannah Georgiou .... hair stylist trainee
Alannah Georgiou .... makeup artist trainee
Gary Jordan .... makeup artist: dailies
Sophia Knight .... key hair stylist
Sophia Knight .... key makeup artist
Eva Marieges Moore .... makeup artist: dailies (as Eva Marieges)
Liz Phillips .... makeup artist: dailies
Jerry Ramdass .... hair stylist: dailies
Kath Rayner .... makeup artist: dailies
Jutta Russell .... makeup artist: dailies
Karen Scott .... makeup artist: dailies
Katharine Scott .... makeup artist trainee
Loulia Sheppard .... hair stylist: dailies
Nicky South .... makeup artist: dailies
Laura Strecker .... makeup artist: dailies
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... hair designer (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... makeup designer (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
Production Management
Shuna Frood .... post-production supervisor
Chris Johnston .... unit manager
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Monique Mussell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Croucher .... second assistant director
Chris Foggin .... third assistant director
Alex Grasham .... additional third assistant director: dailies
Sarah Mooney .... additional third assistant director: dailies
Anthony Wilcox .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bruce Barnes .... carpenter
Bruce Barnes .... studio supervisor
Giles Brown .... props: dailies
Darren Caen .... stand-by carpenter
Phil Claxton .... painter
Tim Cook .... carpenter
Ian Cooper .... scenic artist
Derek Cowie .... scenic artist
Derek Cowie .... supervising painter
Dan Crandon .... construction manager
David Creed .... stand-by carpenter (as Dave Creed)
Gary Dawson .... stand-by props: dailies
Kevin Day .... stand-by props: dailies
Garry Drewett .... props: dailies
Joe Goulding .... art department trainee
Peter Hallam .... property master
Clint Hellyer .... carpenter (as Clint Helyer)
Jason Htay .... carpenter
Jason Line .... painter
Dan Marsden .... carpenter
Kim Miles .... property hand
Lara Murray .... painter
Ruth Parker .... stand-by props: dailies
Tim Powis .... workshop supervisor
Paul Rigby .... stagehand
Mark Sindall .... props: dailies
Oli van der Vijver .... props: dailies
Mark Wallis .... carpenter
Kellie Waugh .... graphic designer
Dave Wells .... carpenter
Rebecca White .... art department assistant
Debbie Wilson .... production buyer (as Deborah Wilson)
Peter Wood .... props: dailies
Sound Department
Tim Barker .... sound designer
Tim Barker .... sound mixer
Phillip Barrett .... foley mixer
Chinna Boapeah .... sound maintenance (as Chinna Udenze)
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Gernot Fuhrmann .... sound effects editor
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... dialogue editor
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
Ian Waggott .... foley artist (as Ian Waggot)
Yanti Windrich .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Colin Gorry .... special effects supervisor
Ed Smith .... special effects senior technician
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects technician
Andy Adam .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Emma Braney .... visual effects artist
Alberto Buron .... digital restoration technician: Lip Sync Post
Luke Butler .... digital effects supervisor: Lip Sync Post
Sam Cox .... cg supervisor: Lipsync Post
Paul Daiko .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: Lip Sync Post
James Elster .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Sean Farrow .... executive visual effects supervisor: Lip Sync Post (as Sean H. Farrow)
David Lloyd .... senior system administrator: Lip Sync Post
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator
Daniel Spain .... system administrator: Lip Sync Post
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator: Lip Sync Post
Sheila Wickens .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Naomi Butler .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Katie Roehrick .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Anderson .... grip: dailies
Jamie Bruce .... electrician
John Cooling .... rigger (as John 'Buzz' Cooling)
Liam Daniel .... still photographer
Tim Dean .... libra operator
Warwick Drucker .... key grip
Craig Feather .... crane camera operator
Rupert Hornstein .... focus puller
Jeremy David Hunt .... video assist trainee (as Jeremy Hunt)
Paul Kemp .... electrician: dailies
Henry Landgrebe .... clapper loader
Steve Leverington .... electrician: dailies
Daniel Rake .... key grip (as Dan Rake)
Christian Swain .... camera trainee
Gary Varney .... gaffer
Tim Wiley .... rigging gaffer
Lee Wilson .... electrician
Lee Wilson .... generator operator
Casting Department
Darren Baba .... extras casting assistant
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Ergis .... wardrobe assistant: dailies
Eleanor Landgrebe .... stand-by costume assistant
William McPhail .... assistant costume designer
Lynsey Moore .... wardrobe trainee
Amy Tapper .... wardrobe trainee
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe assistant: dailies
Editorial Department
Rob Ackerman .... technical support
Chris Bentley .... d-lab operator
Linden Brownbill .... post-production engineer
James Clarke .... digital intermediate supervisor
Melaney Doran .... post-production assistant
Ritchie Ferguson .... technical support
Stuart Fyvie .... colorist
Scott Goulding .... on-line editor
Scott Macbeth .... technical support
Aileen McIntosh .... post-production producer: Lip Sync Post
Gerald Morris .... assistant editor (as Gez Morris)
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior d-lab operator
Diana Vasquez .... d-lab operator
Rick White .... technical support
Music Department
Samuel Barber .... composer: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Hilary Hahn .... musician: violin, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra .... musicians: orchestra, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Hugh Wolff .... conductor: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Transportation Department
Jamie Bruce .... driver: lighting truck
Kestas Bukauskas .... driver: facilities
Kevin Collyer .... facilities manager
Patrick Deacy .... driver: camera car (as Pat Deacy)
Michael Geary .... action vehicles: Motorhouse Hire
Darren Glazer .... operational manager: lu
Derek McPhail .... unit driver
Lee Pellett .... unit driver
Thomas Pook .... driver
Bohdan Stoklasa .... facilities captain
Lyn Sullivan .... driver: facilities
Micky Watts .... driver: minibus
Simon Burgess .... facility driver: unit base stand-by (uncredited)
Other crew
Jim Anderson .... archive researcher
Oana Anghel .... graphics coordinator: titles, Lip Sync Post
Geraldine Atlee .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Jeremy Baxter .... head of acquisitions: Protagonist Pictures
James Bunn .... insurance broker: Media Insurance Brokers
Alice Clough .... head of business affairs: Fulcrum Media Finance
Jon Croker .... story editor: UK Film Council
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Rebecca Davis .... assistant location manager
Louisa Dent .... managing director: Artificial Eye
Peter Dickinson .... title designer: Lip Sync Post
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film4
Tallulah Fairfax .... floor runner
Sarah Feeley .... assistant: Ms. Weisz
Ailsa Ferrier .... acquisitions executive: Artificial Eye
Daryl Francis .... medic
Lizzie Francke .... senior production and development executive: UK Film Council
Jeremy Gawade .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Robin Guise .... production executive: Lip Sync Productions
Julia Hall .... title designer: Lip Sync Post
Clare Hardwick .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Hugh Harford .... production runner
Amy Harrison .... work experience
Ruth Hodgson .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council (as Vincent Holden)
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys (as Stephen Joberns)
Pat Karam .... location manager
David Korda .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Catherine Kunzig .... head chef: Spats
Tracey Larcombe .... epk
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Lisa Marsden .... insurance broker: Media Insurance Brokers
Sharon Menzies .... managing director: Fulcrum Media Finance
Christos Michaels .... legal services: Lip Sync Productions, Lee & Thompson
Justin Miller .... assistant production accountant
Mick Mills .... medic
Monika Nowacka .... catering assistant: Spats
Cora Ogborn James .... work experience
Sophie Olivier .... accounts assistant
Simon Osborn .... head of legal and business affairs: Protagonist Pictures
Nicki Parfitt .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Bridget Pedgrift .... head of marketing: Protagonist Pictures
Jonathaon Perchal .... head of legal and business affairs: Artificial Eye
Scott Perry .... medic
Rebecca Pick .... legal services: Lip Sync Productions, Lee & Thompson
Natasha Pilbrow .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Thomas Pook .... runner
David Quli .... legal services: Fulcrum Media Finance, Wiggin Llp
Peter Raven .... production executive: Lip Sync Productions
Lila Rawlings .... development executive
Ben Roberts .... ceo: Protagonist Pictures
Tanya Seghatchian .... head of film fund: UK Film Council
Sanjay Sharma .... assistant production coordinator
Jason Shaw .... insurance broker: Media Insurance Brokers
David J Smith .... floor runner: dailies
Sue Bruce Smith .... head of commercial development: Film4 (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Maxine Stanley .... production accountant
Charlotte Van Weede .... head of sales: Protagonist Pictures
Howard Watkins .... creative director: titles, Lip Sync Post
Dan Whybrew .... legal services: Fulcrum Media Finance, Wiggin Llp (as Daniel Whybrew)
Grzegorz Zalewski .... chef: Spats
Don Boyd .... thanks

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Terence Davies wanted Rachel Weisz for the part of Hester Collyer after he noticed her and her "incredible talent" in Swept from the Sea (1997). He called his agent to meet Weisz, who he hadn't heard of before seeing her in that film, saying "Have you ever heard of this girl Rachel Weisz?". His agent joked him by answering "She's an Oscar winner!". Weisz laughs at this by saying "I don't think Terence (Davies) knows very well anyone who's not in a black and white film".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 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV)See more »
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14See more »


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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Bride Over Troubled Waters, 13 April 2012
Author: jadepietro from United States

This film is recommended.

Based on Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, The Deep Blue Sea is stylish soap opera at its best, and an overly ripe melodramatic downer at its worst. The film is reminiscent of the type of films that were popular fare in the fifties. ( And please, don't confuse it with the similarly titled shark attack movie some years back. ) No blood is spilled in this movie adaptation, but many lives are destroyed as loss and suffering does take its toll.

It is post-war Britain. Ruins are everywhere, from the bombed-out buildings to the people who inhabit them. There is a drabness in their hopeless lives, their colorless clothes, and their everyday routines. One such person is Hester Collyer, an unhappy romantic soul, trapped in a comfortable but loveless marriage to Sir William, a wealthy judge. Of course this means only one thing: suicide or an affair is in the offing. Fortunately ( or unfortunately, as the case may be ) after she meets a dashing but lonely RAF pilot named Freddie, there is a temporary respite from her real world. Lust, sin, and passion become the missing strands to her unraveling world ( which is not too surprising when one sees Hester's blatant scarlet red coat that overtly signals a Prynne moment is upon us. No subtlety lost here. Code Red, or is that Coat Read? )

This period melodrama is terribly British with a capital B. All proper diction, words unsaid, and formal reserve. Everyone is so noble and refined. Writer / director Terence Davies evokes the right atmospheric mood as we become lost in Hester's memories. He has a fine visual eye for those bittersweet times and Davies sensitively recalls the aftermath of WWII most efficiently with his use of popular and classical music and strong imagery, especially the impressive Underground bomb shelter scene. After an overly slow beginning, the director paces his film quite well using sounds, silences, and pauses in the characters' reactions to their conversations most effectively in telling his tale of a love undone.

The film sporadically uses these moments to tell the story of the makings of a passionate love affair, but its fragmented structure never allows us to understand Hester's attraction and her rationale to her self-proclaimed changes in her life. She's portrayed as a sympathetic victim, yet this character chooses the very unhappy lifestyle that she now wallows in, and we moviegoers are unable to see the results of her actions. It's as if some parts to her past are missing and sketchy, especially the happier times.

As the damaged Hester, Rachel Weisz is quite smashing. This talented actress fills her slightly underdeveloped role with such clarity and depth. ( Her scene in the pub as she stares into her lover's eyes while becoming uninvolved with the rowdy goings-on during the sing- along of a Jo Stafford tune says more than mere words could have expressed. ) It is a powerful nuanced performance. Completing the love triangle is Simon Russell Beale as her concerned husband and Tom Hiddleston as her cad of a lover. Both actors create indelible contrasting personalities, although the character of Freddie comes off the worst of the pair. Solid support from Ann Mitchell as Hester's landlady and Barbara Jefford is Hester's judgmental mother-in-law round out this wonderful ensemble.

The Deep Blue Sea is a successful throwback to the the great David Lean film, Brief Encounter. Only this time, the encounter is not brief and fleeting, just fleeting. It takes the moviegoer back to a former time, unlike today, when movies had a heart and mind, and dare I say, soul. GRADE: B

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