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Sanctum (2011)

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

Director:

Alister Grierson
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 John Garvin ... Jim Sergeant
Sean Dennehy ... Chopper Pilot
Nea Diap Nea Diap ... Kastom Shaman
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alister Grierson and cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin had no experience with 3D prior to working on this film. Thus, they had learn how to light the scenes, use the stereoscopic space and manipulate the cameras from scratch. See more »

Goofs

Glow-sticks do not abruptly extinguish when they are depleted, as shown in the final scene with Josh in the tunnel. The glow gradually decreases over a longer period of time until depleted. 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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Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

RABAUL TAUN
Written by Junior Kokoratts, Alfred Darby, Tibon Lakua, Wilson Takovong
Performed by Junior Kokoratts
Published by PNG Legend
Licensed courtesy of CHM Supersound
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Documentary-like ... totally acceptable cave film .............
21 February 2011 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Going into "Sanctum", I was relieved to know there would be zero cave monsters jumping out of the darkness. This was going to be a cave movie for thinkers, trying to get out of a flooding cave, with no clue what lay ahead. "Sanctum" is totally acceptable, if you perceive the film as being documentary-like, and can overlook lack of character development, and simply watch the action. The 3D experience is marginal at best, because everything is so confined and dark. I couldn't tell you one cast members name, just that there was a leader, his son, a financier, a grunt, and a couple of disposable females. Nevertheless, I enjoyed "Sanctum" for what It was, an exciting experience in underground survival. - MERK


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