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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:

A Voyage Into Fear. 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Neill met his wife, Noriko Watanabe, in the making of this film. See more »

Goofs

After Hughie captures the yacht, John rows back to the schooner. Halfway the movie the row-boat is still visible tied behind the schooner. Yet, as the schooner is sinking, John escapes by a raft. Why didn't he use the row-boat? 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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Scorned (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Wired for Sound
Written by Graeme Revell (as Revell) (Regular Music)
Performed by SPK
Courtesy Regular Records
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User Reviews

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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