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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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Rod Mullinar ...
Russell Bellows
Joshua Tilden ...
Danny
George Shevtsov ...
Doctor
Michael Long ...
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Lisa Collins ...
'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Calm: A Voyage Into Fear  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$7,825,009 (USA)
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The yacht 'Storm Vogel' was used as the yacht the 'Saracen'. See more »

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At the end of the film, the suds from the shampoo in Rae's hair disappear. 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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Copyright © 1988 Kennedy Miller Productions Pty. Ltd.
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One location 3 actors

A terrific thriller set on the sea with three fine actors portraying characters of control, resurrection, and unbalance. Sam Neil portrays the fearless, in control naval captain. His abilities combined with the institution of marriage display a refine existence. Compare Neil's abilities with Billy Zane's self induced party boy image who survives by the primitive nature of man and you will see structure verses chaos. Zane's character is sexy and alluring therefore irresistible to sexual stimuli. Nicole Kidman is faced with recovering from the loss of her child; shown, in the start of the film, being thrown out of the front of a car windshield. There, in the dead calm of an open sea, she must resurrect her abilities of courage and strength. She faces off the unbalanced nature of Zane's character using her sexual allure as well but in a very different capacity. It is all about survival using the tools given to you and the tools you acquire. A brilliant thriller set in one location. Directed with sexual tension. ***


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