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Dead Calm

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Phillip Noyce
  • 96 mins
  • 15

Summary

A husband and wife take a yachting trip to help recover from the death of their son. While out on the open water the couple spot a sinking ship and manage to save the only person left on board - but they come to bitterly regret their good deed when the situation turns dark and a fraught battle of wits ensues. Thriller, based on a novel by Charles Williams, with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Nicole Kidman and director Phillip Noyce were catapulted into the Hollywood frontline by this scary revel. It's an ingenious psychological thriller in the grand Hitchcock tradition, with a very simple premise: a couple (Kidman and Sam Neill) decide to take a yachting trip to try to recover from the death of their young son, but when they rescue the sole survivor (Billy Zane) from a sinking schooner, things take a very nasty turn. But, when Noyce expertly cranks up the tension to fever pitch you'll be screaming with delicious panic at one of the best ocean-going shockers since Jaws.

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Credits

Cast

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John IngramSam Neill
Rae IngramNicole Kidman
Hughie WarrinerBilly Zane
Russell BellowsRod Mullinar
DannyJoshua Tilden
DoctorGeorge Shevtsov

Crew

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DirectorPhillip Noyce

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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