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Dead Calm (1989)

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After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

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Complete credited cast:
... Rae Ingram
... John Ingram
... Hughie Warriner
Rod Mullinar ... Russell Bellows
Joshua Tilden ... Danny
George Shevtsov ... Doctor
Michael Long ... Specialist Doctor
Lisa Collins ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Paula Hudson-Brinkley ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Sharon Cook ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Benji ... Dog (as Benji U.D. A.D.)
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An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems. Written by Loring Holden <loring@healthchex.com>

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High Seas. Deep Terror. See more »

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,463,551, 9 April 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,825,009
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Filming took almost six months. See more »

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When the row boat is being rowed to meet the white boat the sea is rough, but when the white boat is sailing to meet it the sea is completely flat. See more »

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Hughie Warriner: How do I smell?
[no answer]
Hughie Warriner: Thanks for your honest opinion.
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The producers wish to thank the owners of 'Storm Vogel' for the use of their yacht as the 'Saracen' and Keith Williams, the staff and management of Hamilton Island. See more »

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Wired for Sound
Written by Graeme Revell (as Revell) (Regular Music)
Performed by SPK
Courtesy Regular Records
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Highly Recommended Thriller
30 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this several times over the years, and I must say this is a really good thriller. It always keeps me interested. Also, since I'm interested in the sea and ships, that's probably part of the reason why I like the movie so much.

A young Nicole Kidman plays Rae, the wife of John Ingram (Sam Neill), who are taking a sailing trip in the Pacific after losing their only son in an automobile accident. They are having fun sailing through the ocean when they come to a sinking schooner with a man paddling frantically towards their boat in a lifeboat. The man, Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane), turns out to be a crazed lunatic, and when John goes off to check the schooner, Hughie kidnaps his wife and his ship. They are in the fight of their life.

Nicole Kidman is both beautiful and talented. She doesn't say much in the movie, but her expressions and actions are well portrayed. Billy Zane is a convincing psychopath and Sam Neill is a good actor also. The cinematography is great and the scenery is really beautiful. The only real problem with the movie is the plot.

The movie's conflict could've easily been resolved had it not been for stupid mistakes. The script relies too heavily on these stupid mistakes. Nicole's character gets numerous chances to kill the psychopath, but she never takes them. And anyone in their right mind wouldn't leave their wife with a stranger to check out a strange ship. The characters' lack of common sense is really what keeps the story moving.

But, these plot holes can be forgiven. The acting is great, the direction is great, the cinematography is great. The script could've used more work, but that is forgivable. If you enjoy thrillers or are interested in the sea and ships, I suggest you check this movie out. You won't be disappointed.

Rating: 8/10


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