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The Abyss (1989)  IMDB   Website
Genre Action/Adventure MPAA PG13
Director James Cameron Rating
Writer James Cameron Runtime 171 (speci minutes
Producer Gale Anne Hurd Type Movie
Cinematographer Mikael Salomon Format DVD
Studio 20th Century Fox Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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An American nuclear submarine is attacked (during the cold war) and crashes underwater. The navy asks the workers of a nearby underwater oil rig who are joined by a number of navy SEALS to locate and investigate the cause of the crash. As the crew embark on their mission, they encounter a number of difficulties and discover that they may not be alone. There is something else down there.

Summary written by: Sami Al-Taher {staher@arabia.com}
Actor / Character

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Ed Harris ..... Virgil 'Bud' Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ..... Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn ..... Lieutenant Hiram Coffey
Leo Burmester ..... Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff ..... Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd ..... Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn ..... 'Sonny' Dawson
Kimberly Scott (I) ..... Lisa 'One Night' Standing
Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. ..... Lew Finler
George Robert Klek ..... Wilhite
Christopher Murphy (I) ..... Schoenick
Adam Nelson (I) ..... Ensign Monk
Dick Warlock ..... Dwight Perry
Jimmie Ray Weeks ..... Leland McBride
J. Kenneth Campbell ..... DeMarco
Awards

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(1989) Academy - Best Art Direction (nom) ..... Anne Kuljian
(1989) Academy - Best Art Direction (nom) ..... Leslie Dilley
(1989) Academy - Best Cinematography (nom) ..... Mikael Salomon
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Don Bassman
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Lee Orloff
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Richard Overton
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Kevin F. Cleary
(1989) Academy - Best Visual Effects (nom) ..... John Bruno
(1989) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Dennis Muren
(1989) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Hoyt Yeatman
(1989) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Dennis Skotak
Review

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Turning away from the dystopias of The Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986), James Cameron marshaled innovative special effects (and a motley crew of oil drillers) to assert that love is the answer in The Abyss (1989). Reportedly inspired by underwater footage of the recently located Titanic wreckage, Cameron decided to transfer his science-fiction-spectacle expertise to the deep sea. Shot underwater in a seven million gallon nuclear reactor tank, this extended yarn about nuclear subs, oil rig divers, and the interpersonal relations between the oddball Deepcore crew, their fearless leader Bud, his prickly almost ex-wife Lindsay, and gung-ho Navy SEALS feels authentically claustrophobic and other-worldly. The seraphic NTIs complete the sub-terrestrial wonder. Praised for its visual splendor and strong performances from Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, if not always for its plot, The Abyss was not quite the blockbuster it needed to be. But the ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special effects --- particularly the exploratory water node --- set the stage for the 1990s' explosion in CGI effects, beginning with Cameron's molten-metal T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Despite The Abyss's warm message about marital bonds, Cameron and producer-wife Gale Anne Hurd split during production. --- Lucia Bozzola

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