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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Special effects team headed by Walt Conti spent eight months on the animatronics sharks, "The number one thing about capturing sharks is getting their energy. They're always cruising kind of slowly, then they snap and just go with this incredible burst of energy. In that way, most of the time, sharks are somewhat lethargic, so probably our biggest challenge was replicating that speed and energy for those lunges. Also, a shark's jaws actually float in their skulls, giving them a specific kind of motion. As far as I know, we're the first animatronics team to totally mimic the multifaceted jaw of the shark." See more »

Goofs

Before, during the time and after Susan electrocutes the shark, she goes from dry to being covered in sweat from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: Carter!
Carter Blake: Hey.
Preacher: Bring me some sushi.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, both the Warner Bros. shield and the Village Roadshow logo are depicted as being underwater. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER:In a test screening one month before the film's opening, the ending had Susan (Saffron Burrows) escaping the shark at the end and saving the day with the spear gun. Audiences booed that ending, and sure enough, it came out with Susan getting eaten and Preacher (LL Cool J) saving the day. You can actually tell that some of the final shots were three-shots, with empty space where Burrows would have been. Sometimes Thomas Jane's eye-line looks like it should go to her. She's been digitally erased. See more »

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Referenced in Epic Ink: Comedians, Zombies, and Space Cats, Oh My! (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)
Written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith), Timothy 'China Black' Hom (as Timothy Hom) and Ralph Roundtree
Produced by Timothy 'China Black' Hom and Ralph Roundtree
Co-Produced by Trevor Rabin
Performed by LL Cool J
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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A Cast to Die For
26 March 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

Screenwriter Duncan Kennedy acknowledged that "whenever anyone mentions a shark movie, they naturally think of Steven Spielberg. The problem with approaching a shark movie is how do you do it without repeating Jaws?" That is precisely the problem with shark movies. There have been dozens of them, but it all comes back to "Jaws" (even if "Jaws" was not the first). Luckily, they approached this the right way -- nodding to Spielberg and carrying on.

Roger Ebert wrote, "In a genre where a lot of movies are retreads of the predictable, 'Deep Blue Sea' keeps you guessing." From a horror-basher like Ebert, that is quite a compliment. But also, this one has the cast to make even a retread work. Thomas Jane pre-Punisher, Sam Jackson, Michael Rapaport? This is gold.


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