The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (play), Terence Davies (adaptation)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Mitchell ... Mrs Elton
Jolyon Coy ... Philip Welch
Karl Johnson ... Mr Miller
Rachel Weisz ... Hester Collyer
Simon Russell Beale ... Sir William Collyer
Tom Hiddleston ... Freddie Page
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Jackie Jackson
Sarah Kants Sarah Kants ... Liz Jackson
Oliver Ford Davies ... Hester's Father
Barbara Jefford ... Collyer's Mother
Mark Tandy ... Edie and Ravenscroft Assistant
Stuart McLoughlin ... Singing Man in Tube
Nicholas Amer ... Mr. Elton
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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Barbara Jefford's first theatrical film in twelve years since The Ninth Gate (1999). See more »

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Mrs. Elton: A lot of rubbish is talked about love. You know what real love is? It's wiping someone's arse or changing the sheets when they've wet themselves. And letting them keep their dignity so you can both go on.
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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Deep Blue Sea (1954) See more »

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A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea
1972, Opie Collection of Children's Games and Songs
(c) The British Library Board: C898/06
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Desperate love, first-rate acting
29 July 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Love, that's all." (Hester responds to her husband when he asks her what happened.)

No film in recent memory is as depressing as The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Davies' adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play. In either venue, the story of Lady Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) and her infidelity will sear your brain in recognition of the perfect storm of love and lust sung to the tune of 1950's conservatism, which largely meant staying with a spouse regardless if it's a loveless marriage.

Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), a WWII Brit flyboy, hasn't graduated yet from the romance of that war to the responsibilities of true love in civilian life. Hester unfortunately is ripe for romance with him as her older husband, a high court judge and a peer, is caring but far too reserved to provide a tender woman with the love she needs.

This is a simple film of measured speech in the tradition of West End thespian greatness. Unlike the orderly upper class, love is not simple but rather messy. In the claustrophobia of her apartments, either beautifully appointed with Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) or bare with Freddie, Hester is always waiting, either for her husband to love her or her lover to stay with her. Ironically Sir William is waiting, too, with love taking its measure of despair from those who love. As for charming Freddie, he is exuberant, careless, and destructfully self-centered.

Davies and Rattigan intercut between times to make The Deep Blue Sea seem just that: fragmented and deeply melancholic. Yet despite the incoherence, you'll not see a better acting trio this year. Where the play lacks vibrancy or heart, the actors give it their best.

When Freddie consoles Hester upon leaving her with this cliché, "Never too late to start again, isn't that what they say?" he is also hitting the center of her tragedy—she is so passive that this may be the first and last adventure she will ever have.

All that's left is the estranging deep blue sea:

Who ordered that their longing's fire Should be as soon as kindled, cooled?

Who renders vain their deep desire?

A God, a God their severance ruled!

And bade betwixt their shores to be The unplumbed salt, estranging sea.

Matthew Arnold, "To Marguerite—Continued"


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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deep Blue Sea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,841, 25 March 2012

Gross USA:

$1,126,525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,143,514
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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