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The Deep Blue Sea (1955)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1955 (USA)
A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (play), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Vivien Leigh ... Hester Collyer
Kenneth More ... Freddie Page
Eric Portman ... Miller
Emlyn Williams ... Sir William Collyer
Moira Lister ... Dawn Maxwell
Arthur Hill ... Jackie Jackson
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Elton
Jimmy Hanley ... Dicer Durston
Miriam Karlin ... Barmaid
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Dawson
Bill Shine ... Golfer
Brian Oulton ... Drunk
Sidney James ... Man outside bar
Alec McCowen ... Ken Thompson
Gibb McLaughlin ... Clerk
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A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

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Trapped Between Infidelity and - [The Deep Blue Sea].

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

According to Alexander Walker in 'Sex in the Movies', Marlene Dietrich turned down the film "on the grounds that she could never be convincing as a woman who tries to gas herself because she cannot keep her lover or find other men." See more »

Quotes

Dawn Maxwell: Anyway, chin up, love... there's nothing ever quite so bad but thinking makes it worse
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Connections

Version of El mar profundo y azul (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The Deep Blue Sea
Music by Francis Chagrin
Lyrics by Roy Bradford
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Tremendous Performance by the Leading Actress
17 February 2018 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Anyone expecting an aristocratic performance by Vivien Leigh is doomed to disappointment. Clad in a drab series of blouses and slacks, she makes Hester Collier a self-interested neurotic perpetually needing succour from anyone willing to listen. Her main problem is a lack of self-reliance, as the Doctor (Eric Portman) informs her. The men in her life are self-interested in their different ways, and have no emotional capacity to empathise with her. The only person who understands anything is her landlady (Dandy Nichols).

Director Anatole Litvak opens the play to include multiple views of the seedier parts of London, where Hester (Leigh) has voluntarily ended up. The sera is hard and tough - not the place for a shrinking violet trying to assert her authority yet failing.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'autre homme See more »

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4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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