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Black Sea (2014)

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In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

Director:

Kevin Macdonald

Writer:

Dennis Kelly (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Robinson
Karl Davies ... Liam
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ... Job Centre Worker
Jodie Whittaker ... Chrissy
Gus Barry Gus Barry ... Martin (aged 12)
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Blackie
Daniel Ryan ... Kurston
Scoot McNairy ... Daniels
Tobias Menzies ... Lewis
Michael Smiley ... Reynolds
David Threlfall ... Peters
Sergey Kolesnikov ... Levchenko
Sergey Puskepalis ... Zaytsev
Sergey Veksler ... Baba
Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Morozov
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Storyline

After a decade of hard work at a marine salvage company, the recently redundant submarine captain, Robinson, decides to risk everything in search of a fabled underwater treasure: a sunken Nazi U-boat laden with gold ingots of inestimable value. Bent on unearthing the unclaimed prize under the nose of the Russians and their hostile naval fleet, Robinson assembles a hand-picked mixed crew of antagonistic experts to comb the vast seabed of the cold Black Sea in a rusty Soviet submarine. However, as greed gets the best of the already divided team, the promise of an equal share rapidly starts to fade away. Can Robinson's men resurface in one piece, and, above all, rich? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Brave the deep. Find the gold. Trust no one. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The small Canon EOS C500 made the shots in the Ukraine possible according to director 'Kevin MacDonald')qv): "We could use the C500 handheld. A lot of the film is handheld. But we also used it on a dolly and on the crane, in one or two instances. So it was perfectly easy and flexible to use in that regard. There are a few shots in this film that Christopher Ross and I took on a 'recce'. We went to Ukraine; to Sebastopol, which is the Russian naval base that's in the Black Sea. We just really went to have a look, because we were hoping to go back and shoot there for real. But we ran out of money and weren't able to go back. Luckily Chris and I had taken the Canon C500... really just because we wanted to have a play around with it, as an opportunity to test it together. We took some shots out of the window of a bus and some landscape shots, which actually we've used in the final film. Chris was operating it on his own - he found that relatively straightforward, even with the Codex 4K recorder. It does eat up memory like you wouldn't believe but we shot some really beautiful images on the Canon. So that's one of the great advantages. It's a camera that you can take along on a 'recce' with you; a camera which can just sit in a backpack and, if you suddenly see something and think 'ah that's fantastic; I'd like that in the film. I'm never going to see that again' - a sunset, an animal or whatever it is - you can whip it out and there you go; you've got it." See more »

Goofs

Robinson argues that Turkey has a naval base only "20 miles up the coast from Samsun." Actually, it's 178 miles to the east. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Liam: And we want you to know that this has nothing - nothing at all - to do with your performance, which is exemplary by the way.
Captain Robinson: [sighs looking out the window]
Liam: Look, the business has changed. Marine salvage has changed. We don't need a submarine pilot anymore. We don't even need a sub. Now, you've never been on contract, so redundancy, well, it's out of the question. But I spoke to Bob Toris personally and he has insisted that Agora make sure that there's something for you. And I'm ...
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Featured in Film 2018: Episode dated 2 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Legendary Sevastopol Hymn
Written by Vano Muradeli and Pyotr Gradov
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Maybe not a great submarine move...but a pretty good one.
9 February 2015 | by joekanuckSee all my reviews

All of the classic drama/suspense elements are there; intrigue, plotting, betrayal, redemption, class conflict, heroes, bad guys, the mandatory weasel...and a pretty darned cool submarine.

They really didn't break any new ground but there is certainly room for another, 'Holy crap...we're really deep underwater in a tin can' movie.

Unlike 'The Hunt for Red October', this movie was mostly dark with intermittent moments of hope but little humour...which is OK since as a pure drama, things moved along nicely. Good acting, dialogue and direction gave this film a finished and crafted look and feel.

Jude Law gave a truly gritty performance, which I really doubted he had in him. I expected some of the more typical smart mouthed, foppy behaviour we've come to expect from Jude, but he fit right in with the other rough and tumble members of the crew.

It's well worth seeing on the big screen but you better hurry...tonight I was completely alone in the theatre...which means a lot of people are missing out on some fine entertainment, and it probably won't be around much longer.


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UK | Russia | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,675, 25 January 2015

Gross USA:

$1,171,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,070,789
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2.35 : 1
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