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The Big Blue ()

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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Johana
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Jacques Mayol
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Enzo Molinari
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Dr. Laurence
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Novelli
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Uncle Louis
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Roberto
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Duffy
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Priest (as Andreas Voutsinas)
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Bonita
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Sally (as Kimberley Beck)
Patrick Fontana ...
Alfredo
Alessandra Vazzoler ...
La Mamma
Geoffrey Carey ...
Supervisor (as Geoffroy Carey)
Bruce Guerre-Berthelot ...
Young Jacques
Gregory Forstner ...
Young Enzo
Claude Besson ...
Jacques' Father
Marika Gevaudan ...
Angelica
Jan Rouiller ...
Noireuter
Pierre Semmler ...
Franck (as Peter Semler)
Jacques Lévy ...
Doctor (as Jacques Levy)
Eric Do ...
Japanese Diver
André Germe ...
Philippino Diver (as Andre Germe)
Ronald Teuhi ...
Tahitian Diver
Rosario Campese ...
Waiter
Franco Diogene ...
Receptionist
Tredessa Dalton ...
Carol
Constantin Alexandrov ...
Dolphin Trainer
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues ...
Superintendent (as Pierre-Alain De Garrigues)
Claude Robin ...
Taxi Driver
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Taxi Driver in U.S.A
Nicolas Maltos ...
Diving Coordinator on Platform
Marc Planceon ...
Paramedic
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Blond Diver (uncredited)
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Lady in elevator (uncredited)
Christian Gazio ...
Plongeur coinçé (uncredited)
Chico Scimone ...
Andre Bonnet (uncredited)

Directed by

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Luc Besson

Written by

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Luc Besson ... (story)
 
Luc Besson ... (screenplay) &
Robert Garland ... (screenplay) and
Marilyn Goldin ... (screenplay) &
Jacques Mayol ... (screenplay) &
Marc Perrier ... (screenplay)

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Monty Diamond ... line producer: New York
Patrice Ledoux ... producer
Claude Besson ... executive producer (uncredited)
Luc Besson ... co-producer (uncredited)
Bernard Grenet ... line producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Bill Conti
Éric Serra ... (original music) (as Eric Serra)

Cinematography by

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Carlo Varini ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Olivier Mauffroy

Editorial Department

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Yvan Lucas ... color timer

Casting By

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Nathalie Cheron
Lissa Pillu

Production Design by

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Dan Weil

Set Decoration by

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Patrick Barthelemy

Costume Design by

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Blandine Boyer
Magali Guidasci
Malika Khelfa
Mimi Lempicka
Brigitte Nierhaus
Martine Rapin
Patricia Saalburg

Makeup Department

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Michèle Constantinides ... assistant makeup artist (as Michele Constantinides)
Catherine Crassac ... hair stylist
Geneviève Peyralade ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Nikos Giannopoulos ... production manager
Bernard Grenet ... production manager
Didier Hoarau ... assistant unit manager
Michel Jullien ... assistant unit manager
Marc Maurette ... production manager
Patrick Millet ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stéphane Breton ... third assistant director
Jérôme Chalou ... first assistant director
Bertrand Fèvre ... second assistant director
Anne Guillard ... third assistant director
Patrick Halpine ... first assistant director
Yann Michel ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Michel Conche ... property master
Alain Darthou ... construction manager
Christian Gazio ... carpenter
Cyrille Perron ... scenic artist: head painter
Julie Sfez ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Pierre Befve ... sound engineer
François Groult ... sound mixer
François Gédigier ... sound editor
Gérard Lamps ... re-recording mixer (as Gerard Lamps)
Jacques Thomas-Gérard ... adr mixer

Special Effects by

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Alain Guillé ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Frederic Moreau ... optical effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Luc Besson ... camera operator: underwater unit
Patrick Camboulive ... still photographer
Irène Champendal ... first assistant camera (as Irene Champendal)
Stefan Czapsky ... gaffer: New York
Jean-François Drigeard ... electrician
François Gentit ... second assistant camera
Vincent Jeannot ... first assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Mas ... key grip
Jacques Monge ... steadicam operator
Christian Pétron ... camera operator: underwater unit (as Christian Petron)
Jean-Claude Reux ... head gaffer

Casting Department

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Pat Orseth ... casting: USA

Location Management

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Nikos Giannopoulos ... location manager
K.C. Schulberg ... location manager

Music Department

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William Flageollet ... music mixer
Éric Serra ... music arranger (as Eric Serra) / music performer (as Eric Serra)

Other crew

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Abdul Malik Abbott ... production assistant
Marc Biehler ... diving coordinator
Christopher Carson ... production assistant
Elisabeth Chochoy ... continuity
Quincy Z. Gunderson ... production assistant
François Laurent ... optical engineer
Andrzej Malinowski ... painter/poster artist
Jacques Mayol ... technical consultant
Monique Pautas ... production accountant
Patricia Pierangeli ... dialogue coach (as Patrizia Pierangeli)
Marcel Rousseau ... technical engineer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 makes up a story so the firm sends her to Italy for business purposes. In Taormina there is also Enzo, the reigning diving world champion. He knows that only Jacques can challenge and probably beat him. This time Johanna and Jacques get closer, but Jacques, being more a dolphin than man, cannot really commit and his rivalry with Enzo pushes both men into dangerous territory... Written by Reiner Rosin

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Taglines Between what you know and what you wish, lies the secret of... [The Big Blue] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le grand bleu, version intégrale (France)
  • Le grand bleu, version longue (France)
  • The Big Blue (United States)
  • The Big Blue (Philippines, English title)
  • The Big Blue (World-wide, English title)
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  • 168 min
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Budget FRF80,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The most financially successful French film of the 1980s. See more »
Goofs Jacques takes off his sneakers, then jumps into the pool with his sneakers on (although in the director's Cut we see him replace his shoes). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best Man for the Job: The Making of 'The Professional' (1994). See more »
Soundtracks MY LADY BLUE See more »
Quotes Johanna: What's it feel like when you dive?
Jacques: It's a feeling of slipping without falling. The hardest thing is when you're at the bottom.
Johanna: Why?
Jacques: 'Cause you have to find a good reason to come back up... and I have a hard time finding one.
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