An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

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Alister Grierson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Roxburgh ... Frank
Ioan Gruffudd ... Carl
Rhys Wakefield ... Josh
Alice Parkinson ... Victoria
Dan Wyllie ... Crazy George (as Daniel Wyllie)
Christopher James Baker ... J.D. (as Christopher Baker)
Nicole Downs Nicole Downs ... Liz
Allison Cratchley ... Judes
Cramer Cain ... Luko
Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen ... Dex
John Garvin ... Jim Sergeant
Sean Dennehy ... Chopper Pilot
Nea Diap Nea Diap ... Kastom Shaman
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The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team-including 17-year-old son Josh and financier Carl Hurley are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? Written by Universal Pictures

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The only way out is down


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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In an unfortunate coincidence, Agnes Milowka, one of the film's diving doubles, drowned after running out of air shortly after the film was released. See more »

Goofs

While Josh is hanging on the rock and trying to cross over to the other side he's got a watch on his left arm. However while his stunt-man is jumping to the other side, he's not. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carl: Josh? Wow, your old man let you come up for air?
Josh: Oh you're kidding, right?
Carl: Oh you're gonna be in the shit.
[big hug]
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Also released in a 3D version. See more »

Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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MAIPOPE
Written by Tusiti Roots, Michael Oahara
Performed by Tusiti Roots
Published by PNG Legend
Licensed courtesy of CHM Supersound
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Don't Panic
6 February 2011 | by LoubearSee all my reviews

After reading many negative reviews here, I thought I would add my spin on the movie. I loved it..

The scenery is great, you believe as though you could be there trapped, a long way underground and hoping you can hold your breath..

Yes as others say, at the start you may not like any of the characters, but this develops pretty well along the way.By the end you are caring about who gets out alive/dies and watch a father/son relationship develop.

Rhys Wakefield is particularly great in this flick. Having moved well on since his home and away days to an established Australian film Actor.

A great afternoon spent.


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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Cameron's Sanctum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,447,930, 6 February 2011

Gross USA:

$23,209,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,609,310
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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