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The Shallows (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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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
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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


Plan your getaway. 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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Did You Know?


Director Jaume Collet-Sera said that script was re-tailored to fit Blake Lively, as the original character was a younger one, about three to four years younger. See more »


The GoPro footage she sees clearly reveals right at the end when the owner is eaten, that the camera is pretty much destroyed, as the recording is cut off immediately. However, the camera AND the helmet survive pretty much unscathed. 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 »


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 July 2016 (2016) See more »


Written by Benjamin Berry and Anita Blay
Performed by Neon Jungle
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd & RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Nancy and the two local guys are surfing.
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User Reviews

Constant mind-thinking ability is what you need when you're watching this movie.
30 July 2016 | by tomholland2016See all my reviews

I watched The Shallows two times in a day. It's the greatest shark movie in my opinion. The VFX put into the movie is purely great, especially the shark. I can't name any movie that has the same astounding image of the shark which is apparently a colossal giant stalking a girl to an extremely eerie extent.

It needs you to have a constant mind-thinking ability when you're watching, that's mainly the objective of the movie. This is not the typical shark movies out there (Please don't count Sharknado or any animal affiliation vs., those suck so bad you need a million punches hit in your face), the plot is highly interesting. To put it short, a daughter who is a med student visits her mother's favorite beach after her recent death. The beach is hidden in a secret location, which people seldom come about. Then, from nowhere, a mundane activity on a beach comes into a dangerous event when a man-eating shark (greedy too) coordinates a place for his own good coincidence luck.

The final 20 minutes would consume you into the dark almost-stormy night. The dour tone in the background adds a more suspenseful imagery if you have the time to meticulously watch the movie, the double 10 mins would surely suck you into the world, thinking if you're that girl, what would you do?

Highly recommend this to people who are loving the idea to generate powerful survival skills, if you love to surf or wander into the deep of the sea.

Professional rating: 68% Amateur rating: 86%

Let me remind you, I'm very hard to give high stars. 68% for the professional rating is already as pure as water.

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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,800,868, 26 June 2016

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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