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The Abyss

  • Drama
  • 1989
  • James Cameron
  • 133 mins
  • 15

Summary

An American nuclear submarine is sunk after a collision with a mysterious object, and the US government asks oil workers to help with the rescue. However, when they and a Navy Seal team arrive at the location of the vessel, a series of strange incidents leads to an encounter with aliens living in the depths. James Cameron's sci-fi thriller, starring Ed Harris, Michael Biehn and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For some, this was James Cameron's Waterworld, a bloated, sentimental epic from the king of hi-tech thrillers. Some of the criticism was deserved, but it remains a fascinating folly, a spectacular and often thrilling voyage to the bottom of the sea. Ed Harris stars as the leader of an underwater team working for an oil company that is pressed into service to rescue the crew of a crippled submarine. But they soon begin to wonder if they are the only life forms in the vicinity. Harris is great in a rare leading-man role and there is first-rate support from Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as his estranged partner, and The Terminator's Michael Biehn, as the unstable marine commander. Cameron excels in cranking up the tension within the cramped quarters and the effects are awe-inspiring and deservedly won an Oscar. It's only marred by being overlong and by its sentimental attachment to aliens.

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Credits

Cast

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Bud BrigmanEd Harris
Lindsey BrigmanMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Lieutenant CoffeyMichael Biehn
Catfish De VriesLeo Burmester
Alan "Hippy" CarnesTodd Graff
Jammer WillisJohn Bedford Lloyd
"Sonny" DawsonJ C Quinn
Lisa "One Night" StandingKimberly Scott
Lew FinlerCaptain Kidd Brewer Jr
WilhiteGeorge Robert Klek
SchoenickChristopher Murphy
Ensign MonkAdam Nelson
BendixChris Elliott
BarnesMichael Beach

Crew

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DirectorJames Cameron

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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