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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

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Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... Carter Blake
Saffron Burrows ... Dr. Susan McAlester
Samuel L. Jackson ... Russell Franklin
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Janice Higgins
Michael Rapaport ... Tom Scoggins
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jim Whitlock
LL Cool J ... Preacher
Aida Turturro ... Brenda Kerns
Cristos ... Boat Captain
Daniel Rey Daniel Rey ... Helicopter Pilot (as Daniel Bahimo Rey)
Valente Rodriguez ... Helicopter Co-Pilot
Brent Roam ... Helicopter Winch Operator
Eyal Podell ... Boy #1
Erinn Bartlett ... Girl #1
Dan Thiel ... Boy #2
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Storyline

A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea... Written by John Smith <John.Smith7@net.ntl.com>

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Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner. See more »


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Rated R for graphic shark attacks, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerta en lo profundo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,107,643, 1 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,648,142, 28 November 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,648,142
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Preacher's description of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity (Tom Scoggins: "I spent four years at CalTech, and that's the best physics explanation I've ever heard.") is adapted from a quote by Einstein: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity." See more »

Goofs

When Jim is thrown against the window/glass and it starts to break, Janice's facial expression changes from blank to crying between shots. See more »

Quotes

Russell Franklin: Was that a goddamn shark broke through that door?
Carter Blake: I expect so.
Russell Franklin: You expect so? Huh. Well, well, well. Am I the only asshole down here who thinks that a tad bit odd?
Russell Franklin: It can do that? Bust through a steel door?
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Crazy Credits

Members of the shark effects team have shark-related nicknames, for example, Peter 'GreatWhite' Smith. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER:In US TV versions, several of the death scenes are edited and cut for content. This includes the death of Russel Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) and Tom "Scoggs" Scoggins (Michael Rapaport). In the original theatrical and DVD versions, their deaths are more gruesome and last a few seconds longer, with the sharks actually tearing and mutilating their bodies. Scoggs body, for instance, is torn apart into several pieces, with blood and gore splattering everywhere. Most American TV versions show the characters being attacked by the sharks and then cut to the scene See more »

Connections

Followed by Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018) See more »

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I Can See Clearly Now
Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Johnny Nash
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Under the right conditions, it's entertaining
10 September 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I saw DBS for $2.50 on the big screen (cheaper than renting it on video), and on that day I was desiring nothing more than a dumb action flick that would entertain me for about 100 minutes. That's what I got, so I was satisfied.

Still, under different circumstances (higher admission price, wanting something more out of a movie on the day of seeing it, etc.) I probably wouldn't have liked it. The characters were really thin - you hardly learned a thing about them, and they were pretty much interchangable. The dialogue was weak and cliched. The sharks - supposedly intelligent - didn't get much of a chance to show their supposed intelligence. The sets were okay, but still had a look to them that suggested that extra money could have polished them up. The characters commit some really stupid actions along the way.

Wait until you are in the right frame of mind, and it's free or at a low price. Chances are then you'll be acceptably entertained.


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