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Dead Calm (1989)

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

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Joshua Tilden ...
Danny
George Shevtsov ...
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Michael Long ...
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Lisa Collins ...
'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Paula Hudson-Brinkley ...
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Sharon Cook ...
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Benji ...
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An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems. Written by Loring Holden <loring@healthchex.com>

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Try To Stay Calm. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear  »

Box Office

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$2,463,551 (USA) (9 April 1989)

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$7,825,009 (USA)
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Billy Zane starred in two other films also involving a sinking ship and some kind of love triangle: Titanic (1997) and Survival Island (2005). In all three films, he plays the more menacing of the two men and the woman chooses "the other guy" over him. See more »

Goofs

When Rae goes to open the closet in which the shotgun is hidden, a close-up on the brassy door knob reveals a technician in the background wearing a red tee shirt, whereas she is supposed to be alone on the deck, Billy Zane's character being locked in a cabin, and her husband rowing towards the other boat. See more »

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Hughie Warriner: Don't you believe me?
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The producers wish to thank the owners of 'Storm Vogel' for the use of their yacht as the 'Saracen' and Keith Williams, the staff and management of Hamilton Island. See more »

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Referenced in The X-Files: Død Kalm (1995) See more »

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Written by Hugo Peretti / Luigi Creatore (as Creatore) / George David Weiss (as Weiss) / Albert Stanton (as Stanton) (Essex Music)
Performed by The Tokens
Courtesy BMG Music International
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Highly Recommended Thriller
30 March 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen this several times over the years, and I must say this is a really good thriller. It always keeps me interested. Also, since I'm interested in the sea and ships, that's probably part of the reason why I like the movie so much.

A young Nicole Kidman plays Rae, the wife of John Ingram (Sam Neill), who are taking a sailing trip in the Pacific after losing their only son in an automobile accident. They are having fun sailing through the ocean when they come to a sinking schooner with a man paddling frantically towards their boat in a lifeboat. The man, Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane), turns out to be a crazed lunatic, and when John goes off to check the schooner, Hughie kidnaps his wife and his ship. They are in the fight of their life.

Nicole Kidman is both beautiful and talented. She doesn't say much in the movie, but her expressions and actions are well portrayed. Billy Zane is a convincing psychopath and Sam Neill is a good actor also. The cinematography is great and the scenery is really beautiful. The only real problem with the movie is the plot.

The movie's conflict could've easily been resolved had it not been for stupid mistakes. The script relies too heavily on these stupid mistakes. Nicole's character gets numerous chances to kill the psychopath, but she never takes them. And anyone in their right mind wouldn't leave their wife with a stranger to check out a strange ship. The characters' lack of common sense is really what keeps the story moving.

But, these plot holes can be forgiven. The acting is great, the direction is great, the cinematography is great. The script could've used more work, but that is forgivable. If you enjoy thrillers or are interested in the sea and ships, I suggest you check this movie out. You won't be disappointed.

Rating: 8/10


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