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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:
... Carter Blake
... Dr. Susan McAlester
... Russell Franklin
... Janice Higgins
... Tom Scoggins
... Jim Whitlock
... Preacher
... Brenda Kerns
... Boat Captain
Daniel Rey ... Helicopter Pilot (as Daniel Bahimo Rey)
... Helicopter Co-Pilot
... Helicopter Winch Operator
... Boy #1
... Girl #1
... 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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Rated R for graphic shark attacks, and for language | See all certifications »

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28 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Alerta en lo profundo  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Renny Harlin asserts in the DVD commentary that alot of this information regarding sharks is very accurate obviously "because it's a movie we take license with some of the stuff they're doing the fact is sharks have been used a lot to study and find out why these creatures have been around for 400 million years why they never get cancer, why they never sleep, why they never stop moving." And maybe it was accurate at the time but now we know that sharks do get cancer and although they don't sleep like humans they do have periods of rest the idea that shark never stop moving comes from the idea that they need to keep water flowing over their gills or they'll die but that doesn't apply to all sharks. As the makos develop the ability to swim backward and as Janice notes that this is in fact the physical impossibility. No matter how big a shark's brain is that's not going to change. You can enjoy a more thorough takedown of the film's "science and leaps in logic here" See more »

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When Carter is removing the license plate from the shark's mouth he is wearing fins. As he is helped from the water, he bends down and is wearing a pair of sandals. See more »

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Preacher: I'm not Daniel when he faced the lion. So I appreciate the irony, Lord! Cook dies in his own oven! But I've got other plans!
Preacher: [jumps out of upper oven and swims away, lights lighter] You ate my bird!
[throws lighter into open oven and blows up the shark]
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Members of the shark effects team have shark-related nicknames, for example, Peter 'GreatWhite' Smith. See more »

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Good and Plenty
Written by Joleen Belle and Alan Molezion
Produced by Robert Palmer
Performed by Divine
Courtesy of Pendulum Records/Red Ant LLC
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Pretty Good Movie
8 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I thought Deep Blue Sea was one of the best shark movies created. I was very fascinated by the scientific part of the movie. The basis wasn't just on terror and blood. I think there's a real personal side to it for the lead character. She had watched her father suffer for years, and that drive and desire to prevent the same thing from happening to so many others gave the movie the obsession that it had. I found it refreshing that this movie had a woman obsessed with helping others instead of some risqué character obsessed with sex or violence. However, the other characters were not introduced to well. You never really found out anything about them. There were some suggestive hints about Carter having a background, but it was as if the movie left you hanging, or you got to make up whatever happened yourself.

There were some bad points as well. Firstly, the relationships between the characters weren't consistent. One minute, it would seem that certain characters were just acquaintances or co-workers, and the next, they seemed to be such close friends. Though, I suppose a tragedy like that would have that effect on people. The other fact that gets me every time I watch the movie is how many times Carter falls down! Yes, sometimes it's unavoidable, but then, others, you can tell he randomly jumps and slides away. Every time they try to do anything, Carter is falling down. Also, what gets to me each time I see the movie is when the stretcher hits the window. All the cast members stand there watching. I know that if I were the room and that first chunk of glass had flown from the window, I wouldn't wait and see what happens next--I would have been running for the door long before they did.


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