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Deep Rising (1998)

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A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who had already invaded the ship.


Stephen Sommers


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... John Finnegan
Famke Janssen ... Trillian St. James
Anthony Heald ... Simon Canton
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Joey Pantucci
Wes Studi ... Hanover
Derrick O'Connor ... Captain Atherton
Jason Flemyng ... Mulligan
Cliff Curtis ... Mamooli
Clifton Powell ... Mason
Trevor Goddard ... T. Ray
Djimon Hounsou ... Vivo
Una Damon ... Leila
Clint Curtis ... Billy
Warren Takeuchi ... Radar Man (as Warren T. Takeuchi)
Linden Banks ... Communications Officer


When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious cruise ship, they're shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn't mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one! Written by Greg Kleiner <LtJGBrewer@aol.com>

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They Seized The World's Richest Ship... But No One's On Board! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tentacle See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,737,793, 1 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Harrison Ford turned down the role of Finnegan. The production's budget was then downsized. See more »


When Mason says, "I don't mean to sound like a pussy," he is pointing his rifle towards the water where our characters are about to dive in, but then in the next shot when he says, "but this shit is startin' to freak me out, man!" his rifle is pointing in the opposite direction. See more »


Finnegan: Don't wander off.
T. Ray: Didn't know you cared.
Finnegan: I care about yer gun.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


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Underrated best monster horror scary action movie flick ever made!
14 December 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Deep Rising (1998) for me is one of the best underrated monster horror movie from the 90's!! I love this movie to death every time I see it, it takes my breath away and I wish there would be a sequel and explained what happened to characters. It is definitely one of the most underrated action horror flicks. It is one of my favorite best film from the Director Stephen Sommers before he made The Mummy. This film and The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are the only movies from Stephen Sommers that I love, the rest of his movies I don't watch! quality keeps you on the edge of your chair good scene for a film. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is -- your standard creature action film.

This is a really fun no brainer of a movie. It doesn't have a great story line, but the action and creature are great! So if you just want to watch a fun gory movie where there are good guys, bad guys, the pretty woman thrown in and a monster. This is perfect! This is the movie for people that just wanna watch a movie. Deep Rising is what you classify as great monster movie, with a story that's all too clear and characters that'll make you wonder what'd happen if they were in Aliens. The jokes don't stop, the action doesn't stop, and the editors did a great job on the cutting room floor. No fat, all meat... Or drink as it goes in this one. This film is genius. Great cast, Great story, Great SFX, Big budget. Laughs, Thrills….This movie has it all, yet no one has heard of it! If you like a fun, corny adventure movie….look no further! Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Wes Studi are just great chemistry. I've probably watched this movie 10+ times over the years….like your best pair of slippers!

Buckle up for edge-of-your seat excitement with the explosive hit Deep Rising, an unstoppable high seas action thriller that moves at full scream ahead! When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious cruise ship, they're shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn't mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one! Treat Willliams (The Devil's Own) and sexy Famke Janssen (Goldeneye, Rounders) lead a group of survivors who must overcome incredible odds in their breathtaking battle to escape the doomed ship alive! That is the basic plot about a cruise ship who gets hijacked by a sea monster who eats and drinks people and spits out the bones. A team of mercenaries are the only survivors on this ship and they have to fight for their own survival.

It's Die Hard meets Alien meets Titanic!!!! I love this film to death it has my favorite actress in it Famke Janssen from GoldenEye (1995) my favorite James Bond 007 movie! Why would anyone thought that this movie suck? I don't get it! I didn't saw this movie about 10.years ago until just 2.days back and honestly this movie took my breath away. I never saw any monster movie eating people like that ever. Deep Rising was Stephen Sommers movie which he directed. And I thought the movie was one of the best action paced horror movie. I was surprised to see Famke Janssen in this movie she stared in James Bond 007 GoldenEye one of my best Bond movies as the main villain opposite of Sean Bean. First I thought the awesome women in this flick was Izabella Scorupco because she looked a like Izabella Scorupco from GoldenEye. But I was surprised to see Famke Janssen in this awesome flick from Stephen Sommers.

This is the second time Trevor Goddard played an Australian, the last time I saw him played an Australian was in Baywatch Season 3 In Episode Fatal Exchange in 1993. I seriously miss this actor and it is a terrible and sad, that this awesome actor is no longer with us anymore. May he rest in peace (1962 - 2003). This movie failed in the Box office but it was still a fun ride. I think this is Treat Williams's favorite film he ever made! I love it to death! For me this movie is a 10 not a 6 or 7 a perfect 10. This movie does not deserve to be bashed or hated I always love it. great film! as far as the "action-scify-horror" genre this one's up there with the best, and there's only 5 or 6 proper ones out there, so that says a lot!. the more I watch it the more I like it. Shame they stopped doing films like these (with a proper budget I mean). I'm disappointed it never had a sequel though.

Deep Rising is a 1998 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Anthony Heald. It was distributed by Hollywood Pictures and Cinergi Pictures and released on January 30, 1998.

10/10 Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval Studio: Calimari Productions, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures Starring: Treat Williams. Famke Janssen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Anthony Heald, Wes Studi, Derrick O'Connor, Cliff Curtis, Una Damon, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng, Clifton Powell, Trevor Goddard Director: Stephen Sommers Producers: John Baldecchi, Mario Iscovich, Laurence Mark Screenplay: Stephen Sommers, Robert mark Kamen Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 46 Mins. Budget: $45.000.000 Box Office: $11,203,026

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