7.8/10
2,689
23 user 45 critic

Deep Water (2006)

Trailer
2:28 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A documentary about the journey and spirit of Alex Rust, a farm boy turned day trader from Indiana who, at 25, abandoned his yuppie life in Chicago, bought a modest sailboat, and set out to sail around the world, learning as he journeyed.

Directors: Topher Cochrane, Alex Rust
Stars: Alex Rust, Ross Gerber, Jim Ramirez
Maidentrip (2013)
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

Director: Jillian Schlesinger
Stars: Laura Dekker
The Mercy (2018)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth, David Thewlis
The Endurance (2000)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new footage of the actual locations and interviews with surviving relatives of key ... See full summary »

Director: George Butler
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julian Ayer, John Blackborow
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Departing Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Flannery
Stars: Marlowe Macintyre, Herb McCormick, Doug Rutherford
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In 1973, with almost no experience, Mexican captain Ramon Carlin raced against the superstars of sailing in a 9 month deadly round the world regatta winning the overall prize.

Director: Bernardo Arsuaga
Stars: Chay Blyth, David Bowen, Franck Cammas
Documentary | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The story of a small group of modern seafaring gypsies, following them as they strike out across the largest expanse of uninhabited geography on earth, in search of adventure, awe and whatever else lies at the far side of the world.

Director: Nico Edwards
Stars: David Bowie, Nico Edwards, Clemens Gabriel
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Badin Jean Badin ... Bernard Moitessier (voice)
Simon Russell Beale ... Donald Crowhurst (voice)
Clare Crowhurst Clare Crowhurst ... Herself
Donald Crowhurst ... Himself (archive footage)
Simon Crowhurst Simon Crowhurst ... Himself
Santiago Franchessie Santiago Franchessie ... Himself
Ted Hynds Ted Hynds ... Himself
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Himself
Robin Knox-Johnston Robin Knox-Johnston ... Himself
Françoise Moitessier de Cazalet Françoise Moitessier de Cazalet
Tilda Swinton ... Narrator (voice)
Ron Winspear Ron Winspear ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

Confronted by a perilous sea, bad weather, an unfinished boat and painfully slow progress, sailor Donald Crowhurst faces an impossible dilemma - to continue into the open ocean on his 1968 solo round-the-world race with a leaking boat or return home defeated and bankrupt. Using original 16mm footage, tape recordings and interviews, this film reconstructs one man's extraordinary physical and psychological journey.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, mild language and incidental smoking | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguas profundas See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,632, 26 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$270,452, 16 December 2007
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Crab Dance
Written by Cat Stevens
Performed by Cat Stevens
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Deep Water is about more than just the ocean
8 December 2006 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Some of the most difficult journeys are the ones we make alone. Totally alone. Donald Crowhurst's journey was made before satellite positioning. When he sails over the horizon he is, in effect, alone with the universe. His mission: to be the first or the fastest to sail around the world non-stop.

"We are all human beings and we all have dreams." Such are the first words of Deep Water. The sea of troubles that Crowhurst encounters are more than just physical. In this spellbinding documentary, we see the daunting adventure that he and some of the other competitors undertake. We experience the different ways they come to grips with intimidating loneliness and horrifying psychological pressures.

Personally, I can't swim. I don't particularly like water and my Kiwi friends make fun of me. But even the waves of the best made Hollywood pictures come with a comfort zone of music, reassuring dialogue or other reminders that it is 'all pretend'. Not so with Deep Water. Bleak opening credits leave us in no doubt of the cruel and relentless nature of the sea - the physical and also the mental challenge. A friend of mine, a few years ago, sailed around the world with a very small group of other people, all experienced yachtsmen. When she came back, it was several years before she was herself again.

Deep Water starts in 1967. Francis Chichester has just circumnavigated the globe on his own, but with a brief stop in Sydney. The Sunday Times announces a competition for sailing single-handedly around the world non-stop. Crowhurst enters, with not only glory but the financial fortunes of his family at stake (having mortgaged his house). But as his wife says, "There is a moment when an opportunity arises - and if you don't grasp it, that's that." They are noticeably worried about the outcome. Last minute preparations are been rushed. Later we will find only one of the original nine final contestants ever returns.

Bernard Moitessier, within reach of the end and possible victory after six months alone at sea, discovers he has found peace in the vast loneliness. He changes course to begin a second circuit. Something inside him changes. Something changes inside Crowhurst too, but for him the inner journey is far more turbulent.

Deep Water, beautifully narrated by Tilda Swinton, is a moving and totally absorbing account of one man who gets in over his head both physically and morally. The small boat becomes a microcosm for life where a person has to find their own rules. Crowhurst's journey is not the journey of Sunday Times heroes, but of a man. His dilemma is dangerously easy to identify with. This is an incredibly moving story - if you don't already know the historical details, do see the film first.


54 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed