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Dead Calm
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Dead Calm

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Director: Phillip Noyce, Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane

Cast: Phillip Noyce, Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane

 

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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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
UPC:
0883929064397
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
6,612

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill John Ingram
Nicole Kidman Rae Ingram
Billy Zane Hughie Warriner
Wallis Nicita Actor
Rod Mullinar Russell Bellows
Joshua Tilden Danny
George Shevtsov Doctor
Michael Long Specialist Doctor
Sharon Cook "Orpheus" Cruise Girl
Lisa Collins "Orpheus" Cruise Girl

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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Dead Calm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicole Kidman with a bad, bad hairdo in a bad, boring movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully made film with great acting and photography. The film terrified me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago