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The Big Blue (1988)

Le grand bleu (original title)
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The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johana
... Jacques Mayol
... Enzo Molinari
... Dr. Laurence
... Novelli
... Uncle Louis
... Roberto
... Duffy
... Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)
... Bonita
... Sally (as Kimberley Beck)
Patrick Fontana ... Alfredo
Alessandra Vazzoler ... La Mamma
Geoffrey Carey ... Supervisor (as Geoffroy Carey)
Bruce Guerre-Berthelot ... Young Jacques
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Storyline

Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving. One day Jacques' father, who was a diver too, died in the Mediterranean sea. After that incident Enzo and Jacques lost contact. After several years, Enzo and Jacques had grown up, Johanna, a young clerk in an insurance office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques who is being studied by a group of scientists. He dives for some minutes into ice-cold water and the scientists monitor his physical state that is more like a dolphin than human. Johanna can not believe what she sees and gets very interested in Jacques but she's unable to get acquainted with him. Some weeks later back in her office, she finds out that Jacques will be competing in a diving championship that takes place in Taormina, Sicily. In order to see Jacques again she ... Written by Reiner Rosin <rosin@mi-lab.fh-furtwangen.de>

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N'y Allez Pas, Ça Dure Trois Heures! [version longue] See more »

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Adventure | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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19 August 1988 (USA)  »

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Budget:

FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,234, 16 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was such a hit in France that it played for over a year in theatres. See more »

Goofs

Enzo would have very marked lines on his face from "mask squeeze" from going to those depths at the end, when Jacque is holding him. See more »

Quotes

Supervisor: Hey! You gotta get him outta there, fast!
Roberto: Ten thousand!
Supervisor: Lira?
Roberto: Dollars!
Supervisor: Hey, wait a minute! You guys aren't gonna try to hold me up at a time like this?
Enzo: Okay, you tell me. How much would you say a man's life is worth? In my village we have a saying. (to Roberto) How does it go again?
Roberto: I don't remember.
Supervisor: W-what's that supposed to mean?
Enzo: Forget it.
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Referenced in Les trois frères (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

MY LADY BLUE
Lyrics by Luc Besson
Composed by Éric Serra
Performed by Éric Serra
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took my breath away
26 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie has been a favorite of mine since it was first released. I enjoy the romance of the films locations. I enjoy the small bits of humor within the twisting plot. Unlike any movie anyone has ever seen before. just beautiful.


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