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The Descent (2005)

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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director:

Neil Marshall

Writer:

Neil Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shauna Macdonald ... Sarah
Natalie Mendoza ... Juno
Alex Reid ... Beth
Saskia Mulder ... Rebecca
MyAnna Buring ... Sam
Nora-Jane Noone ... Holly
Oliver Milburn ... Paul
Molly Kayll Molly Kayll ... Jessica
Craig Conway ... Crawler - Scar
Leslie Simpson Leslie Simpson ... Crawler
Mark Cronfield Mark Cronfield ... Crawler
Stephen Lamb Stephen Lamb ... Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson Catherine Dyson ... Crawler
Julie Ellis Julie Ellis ... Crawler
Sophie Trott Sophie Trott ... Crawler
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Storyline

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures. Written by Lien Dang

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Scream your last breath. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There were initially scenes of the women discussing the crawlers' possible origins in detail, but Neil Marshall wisely cut it as imagined exposition doesn't help the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 46 mins) The cave drawings featured a woolly rhinoceros which lived in Eurasia. None have been found in North America. They lived during the Pleistocene epoch (1,808,000 to 11,550 years before present) and are known mainly through cave drawings. Recent carbon dating has shown that populations may have survived as recently as 8000 B.C. in Western Siberia. A nearly complete specimen was also found in a tar pit in Starunia, Poland. The oldest known cave paintings are approximately 40,000 years old. See more »

Quotes

Beth: Sarah... don't leave me like this.
Sarah: No. Please don't ask me to do that.
Beth: Please.
Sarah: I can't. I can't do that. I can't do that.
Beth: Please.
Sarah: OK. Shh. Close your eyes.
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Crazy Credits

The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The endings of the US and UK versions differ. In the end, Sarah wakes up at the bottom of the cave, crawls out, and makes her way back to the car. When she is driving away, she pulls over and vomits, and when she leans back into the car, she is startled by the ghost of Juno sitting in the passenger seat. The US version cuts to the credits here. In the UK version, this apparition causes Sarah to wake up for real at the bottom of the cave, revealing her escape to be just a dream. She then has a vision of her daughter's birthday cake, which we see is just her torch. The camera backs out, the voices of the creatures can be heard again and are increasing in strength as they are closing in on her, and the movie ends. This ending was considered "too dark" for US audiences. See more »

Connections

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Unsettling
1 October 2018 | by SteelBlue82See all my reviews

The Descent is a film that plays with the theme of claustrophobia. Effective usage of lighting. I am pleasantly shocked by how well orchestrated this film is.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,911,330, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$26,024,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,130,027
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original unrated cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS (US prints)| Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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