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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.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Terry Hayes (screenplay), Charles Williams (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Rae Ingram
Sam Neill ... John Ingram
Billy Zane ... Hughie Warriner
Rod Mullinar ... Russell Bellows
Joshua Tilden Joshua Tilden ... Danny
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... Doctor
Michael Long Michael Long ... Specialist Doctor
Lisa Collins ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Paula Hudson-Brinkley Paula Hudson-Brinkley ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Sharon Cook Sharon Cook ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Malinda Rutter Malinda Rutter ... 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Benji Benji ... Dog (as Benji U.D. A.D.)
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

High Seas. Deep Terror. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,463,551, 9 April 1989

Gross USA:

$7,825,009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,825,009
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on the novel "Dead Calm" by Charles Williams. Orson Welles had filmed it under the name of "The Deep" (previous title: "Dead Reckoning"), based on his own script. The film starred Jeanne Moreau, Laurence Harvey, Michael Bryant, Welles' then-wife Oja Kodar, and Welles himself. The original story had more characters in it than the 1989 film version. Filming lasted from 1967 till 1969. A few scenes could not be filmed, due to the death of Laurence Harvey in 1973, and so Welles' version never reached the big screen. See more »

Goofs

When Rae goes to open the closet in which the shotgun is hidden, a close-up on the brassy door knob reveals a technician in the background wearing a red tee shirt, whereas she is supposed to be alone on the deck, Billy Zane's character being locked in a cabin, and her husband rowing towards the other boat. See more »

Quotes

Hughie Warriner: Don't you believe me?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

Original prints of the film omitted the current ending (see Trivia). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Riches: Dead Calm (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Written by Hugo Peretti / Luigi Creatore (as Creatore) / George David Weiss (as Weiss) / Albert Stanton (as Stanton) (Essex Music)
Performed by The Tokens
Courtesy BMG Music International
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Ocean suspense thriller
29 January 2004 | by dkonidisSee all my reviews

While flipping channels very late last night I couldn't help but get drawn in to "Dead Calm". Rae (a young Nicole Kidman) suffers a horrific car accident that kills her son. To recover from this incident she boards a yacht with her husband (played by a much older Sam Neil) and goes sailing on the Pacific. The tension builds when they pick up Hughie (a young Billy Zane). All in all, this is a good ocean suspense thriller. Zane delivers an emotional performance as the villain. His last appearance on the boat at the very end is pure classic. Kidman is great and very beautiful. In fact I almost didn't recognize her. This film substitutes the traditional car chase with a yacht chase too. However, it lacks a variety of scenes which makes it quite repetitive at some points. The bulk of the movie takes places on the yacht and as the title would suggest we go from the calming and soothing ocean to mounting tension and vice versa. Worth watching though. It will keep you awake.


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