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The Rift (1990)

An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", which has mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find... See full summary »

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Juan Piquer Simón (as J.P. Simon)

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Juan Piquer Simón (story) (as J.P. Simon), Mark Klein (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Scalia ... Wick Hayes
R. Lee Ermey ... Capt. Phillips
Ray Wise ... Robbins
Deborah Adair ... Lt. Nina Crowley
John Toles-Bey ... Joe Kane (as John Toles Bey)
Ely Pouget ... Ana Rivera
Emilio Linder Emilio Linder ... Philippe
Tony Isbert ... Fleming
Álvaro Labra Álvaro Labra ... Carlo
Luis Lorenzo Luis Lorenzo ... Francisco
Frank Braña ... Muller
Pocholo Martínez-Bordiú Pocholo Martínez-Bordiú ... Sven (as J. Martinez Bordiu)
Edmund Purdom ... CEO Steensland
Garrick Hagon ... Barton (as Garick Hagon)
James Aubrey ... Contek 1
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Storyline

An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", which has mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find things that shouldn't be there. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1990 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Endless Descent See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Dister Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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At about the 38 minute mark, the submarine is making its way through a tight passage and the character Skeets says "This feels like a golf ball being sucked through a garden hose". This line will seem familiar from another film, Full Metal Jacket, said by R. Lee Ermey who stars in both films. See more »

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Well acted/low budget sci-fi horror
30 June 2006 | by danhyndmanSee all my reviews

This is a well-acted, low budget science-fiction/horror movie set in the deep ocean. It involves a submarine crew on a rescue mission and a secret government project which has gone terribly wrong. The crew are stereotypical, but likable, so the viewer is genuinely concerned about their fate. The stand-out performers are the great Lee Ermey (as the submarine commander) and Ray Wise (as a seemingly obsequious science officer). B-movie action hero, Jack Scalia, also gives a strong performance as the brilliant, but iconoclastic, lead.

The special effects, which include a wide variety of aquatic monsters, are certainly low-budget but never laughable or too fake looking. The obvious use of submarine miniatures are somewhat unconvincing.

The film is rated R for a considerable amount of gore and strong language. There is little or no sexual content.

This underwater thriller is reminiscent of sci-fi films of the late 1950's/early 1960's, such as It! The Terror from Beyond Space and Angry Red Planet (two other films which I would also recommend).

It is also somewhat similar to DeepStar Six, another underwater horror film which was released at about the same time.


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