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The Shallows (2016)

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A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.


Jaume Collet-Serra
1,113 ( 319)
1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Blake Lively ... Nancy
Óscar Jaenada ... Carlos
Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo ... Surfer
Joseph Salas Joseph Salas ... Surfer (as Jose Manuel Trujillo Salas)
Brett Cullen ... Dad
Sedona Legge ... Chloe
Pablo Calva Pablo Calva ... Boy
Diego Espejel Diego Espejel ... Intoxicated Man
Janelle Bailey ... Mom
Ava Dean Ava Dean ... Young Nancy
Chelsea Moody ... Young Mom
Sully Seagull Sully Seagull ... Sully 'Steven' Seagull (as Sully 'Steven' Seagall)


In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Not just another day at the beach. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Deep See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,800,868, 26 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,121,623, 25 September 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,850,939, 4 August 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Blake Lively came up with the name "Steven Seagull." Producer Matti Leshem noted "she really made her own relationship with Sully. There's a moment in the film where she's fixing his broken wing and the bird really bit her. I would say that relationship was complex in the sense that there was a lot of love there and they really bonded, but there were moments that you could see Sully really lashing out. Obviously she was trying to help him, but I think the complexity and deep emotional bond that they have between them is what makes this movie great." See more »


In one shot, Nancy starts to take a bite from an apple holding it right-side up, but in the next shot, she's holding it sideways as she finishes the bite. See more »


[first lines]
Carlos: [looks at photo] Is that you on the beach?
Nancy: Oh, no, no, that's my, that's my mom.
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Crazy Credits

As himself, Steven "Sully" Seagull. See more »


Bird Set Free
Written by Sia (as Sia Furler) and Greg Kurstin (as Gregory Kurstin)
Performed by Sia
Courtesy of Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records
End credits.
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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such a disappointment
8 August 2016 | by bert-huys-242-355755See all my reviews

Well, This movie is the worst movie I have seen this year. I just saw Blake Lively in Cafe Society, and there she really could show what she is capable of. In The Shallows the director only showed us what a fine figure she has for her age. I was never afraid of the shark and sometimes laughed because it all was so ridiculous. With sky-ping and speaking to a camera the director wanted to give a modern touch to the movie but that was simply to fill the gaps of the story and nearly make me walk out of the theatre. I had to think a lot of Jaws, the movie of Steven Spielberg of 1975. Why are the old movies so much better than the new movies? Please stop with these nonsense and show us the old movies. I felt very sorry for Blake Lively that she had to appear in such a bad movie, where nothing happens. What a disappointment. The only good thing about the movie was that it not lasted more than 80 minutes.

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