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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)
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

In the middle of nowhere there is nowhere to hide. 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

Filming took almost six months. 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

Hughie Warriner: How do I smell?
[no answer]
Hughie Warriner: Thanks for your honest opinion.
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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

The German DVD is cut for nudity and violence. One of the cuts is in the ending where Hugh gets the flare in his mouth. The same master was used on the Scandinavian and Spanish DVD-release. See more »

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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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Who Stole the Isopropyl Alcohol
Written & Performed by Tim O'Connor
Copyright © 1988 Kennedy Miller Productions Pty. Ltd.
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Excellent thriller
22 January 2004 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

I really felt in suspense throughout Dead Calm. Sam Neill as the everyman and Nicole Kidman as his recovering wife were wholly believable as grieving parents taking a vacation to move past their tragedies. Billy Zane as the disturbed third wheel (see Titanic, Head Above Water) in the relationship was also very effective in his role. The suspense builds throughout and leads to a very memorable climax. Recommended, 7/10.


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