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Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss' (1993)

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Documentary about the making of the sci-fi film _Abyss, The (1989)_, with commentary by various actors and crew, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage of the actual shooting of the film.


Ed W. Marsh


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Charlie Arneson Charlie Arneson ... Himself
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Jeff Bender Jeff Bender ... Narration (voice)
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Al Giddings Al Giddings ... Himself
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Documentary about the making of the sci-fi film _Abyss, The (1989)_, with commentary by various actors and crew, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage of the actual shooting of the film.

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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD for The Abyss (1989), released in 1999 and again in 2003. See more »


James Cameron: [underwater and in a deep-diving suit] I'm James Cameron. I want to take you into a world of cold darkness and unrelenting pressure... the movie business.
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Edited into The Making of 'True Lies' (1994) See more »

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An Amazing Effort
1 March 2004 | by KMMSee all my reviews

This is one of the best motion picture documentaries I have ever watched. It is right up there with Hearts of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. James Cameron opens the documentary by talking about something he feels is cold, dark and made up of unrelenting pressure: the movie business. The documentary really gives the viewer a good idea of how The Abyss was a challenge on many different levels. Not just on a technical level. The documentary also shows how it was a challenge, both emotionally and physically, for all the cast and crew involved in the project. It would soon be considered by many to be one of the toughest shoots in film history.

It was interesting to learn about the innovative underwater equipment developed just for the film, plus seeing how some of the best underwater photography for a motion picture to date was accomplished. James Cameron has a reputation of being difficult to work with and this film shows why this may be the case. It is up to the viewer to decide whether or not this is true once the viewing experience is complete. If you have not seen the film you will have a great appreciation for what went into the making of this underwater epic. If you have seen The Abyss, you will enjoy the movie even more than you did before.

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