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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 Rod Mullinar ... Russell Bellows
Joshua Tilden Joshua Tilden ... Danny
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... Doctor
Michael Long Michael Long ... Specialist Doctor
Lisa Collins 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>

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Taglines:

Try To Stay Calm. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,825,009
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman turned 20 during production. The cast and crew held a massive party at a nearby isolated island. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Rae is loading the shotgun, you can see the primers of the shotgun shells that have already been fired. See more »

Quotes

[assuming it's her husband that is washing her hair]
Rae Ingram: You know what I'd love for lunch? Fresh asparagus, then, um, pasta - angel hair pasta with heaps of basil, garlic, olive oil and, um, apple pie. Yeah. Uh, John, have you got a towel?
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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 »

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Referenced in Hack! (2007) See more »

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New York Turnpike
Written & Performed by Tim O'Connor
Copyright © 1988 Kennedy Miller Productions Pty. Ltd.
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A Full-Blooded Thriller
21 December 1998 | by awpangleSee all my reviews

This great suspense, thriller will have you gripping your seat in every scene. I'm serious. It is one of those that never lets its pace slow down. The realistic plot keeps you thinking, What if that happened to me?, also its not far fetched at all, every scene is acted and directed in a very realistic way, unlike other suspense films which like to stray from reality. The excellent acting, direction and the nail-biting music score keep you tangled up in the suspense filled story, you look past it's minor flaws. It is one of those movies you don't forget. Definitely a must see. Grab onto the arm-rest of your couch before you fall overboard, it's intense. ***1/2 out of ****


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