Dead Calm

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Overview

Grieving over the death of their son, a married couple decide to take a long yachting trip for relaxation's sake. Their journey takes a dark turn, however, when they rescue a young man from a drifting vessel. The couple soon discover that the other ship's crew had been brutally murdered by their new passenger, and find themselves in a battle of wits against this violent sociopath. Interestingly, a previous attempt had been made at adapting the novel that inspired this film by none other than Orson Welles; footage...
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Overview

Grieving over the death of their son, a married couple decide to take a long yachting trip for relaxation's sake. Their journey takes a dark turn, however, when they rescue a young man from a drifting vessel. The couple soon discover that the other ship's crew had been brutally murdered by their new passenger, and find themselves in a battle of wits against this violent sociopath. Interestingly, a previous attempt had been made at adapting the novel that inspired this film by none other than Orson Welles; footage from his unfinished version, known as "The Deep," can be seen in the documentary Orson Welles: The One-Man Band.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Though it's no Knife in the Water, director Phillip Noyce's tense, visceral '80s thriller injects a much-needed claustrophobic jolt into the standard yuppies-in-danger plotline that seemed to be in such abundance in the late '80s and early '90s (see also Pacific Heights and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle). The pulpy influence of director George Miller can be felt in every frame of Dead Calm, from the just-over-the-top performances (the best of which is given by a then-unknown Nicole Kidman), to the copious bloodletting and sordid twists in the film's third act. Dead Calm isn't above pulling the rug out from under its audience, and it succumbs to the lame passage of dialogue here and there, but it's at least precise, economical, and taut -- certainly more so than the routine Hollywood product Noyce would churn out for the next decade or so.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • UPC: 883929064397
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,033

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill John Ingram
Nicole Kidman Rae Ingram
Billy Zane Hughie Warriner
Lisa Collins "Orpheus" Cruise Girl
Sharon Cook "Orpheus" Cruise Girl
Michael Long Specialist Doctor
Rod Mullinar Russell Bellows
Wallis Nicita
George Shevtsov Doctor
Joshua Tilden Danny
Technical Credits
Phillip Noyce Director
Glen Boswell Stunts
Brian Cox Special Effects
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Terry Hayes Co-producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Kimble Hilder Art Director
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
George Miller Co-producer
George Miller Producer
Doug Mitchell Co-producer, Producer
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Wallis Nicita Casting
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Glen Ruehland Stunts
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Noriko Spencer Makeup
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Noriko Watanabe Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost as boring as, no, more boring

    Nicole Kidman with a bad, bad hairdo in a bad, boring movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrified Me

    Beautifully made film with great acting and photography. The film terrified me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous

    Very intense and on top at all times. I loved this movie and all the characters in it were played perfectly. This introduced me to Nicole Kidman, and I have loved her ever since. The thrill continues till the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

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