• Frys.com #5993084
  • Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
  • UPC #883929064397
  • Model #1000092295
    • Release Date: 2009-09-08
    • Genre: Thriller
    • Artist Name: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
    • Director: Phillip Noyce
    • AMG Rating:
    • MPAA Rating: R
    • Category: Feature Films
    • Cautions: Not For Children, Sexual Situations, Violence, Adult Situations, Nudity, Brief Nudity, Adult Language
    • Year: 1989
    • Running Time: 97
    • Movie Country of Origin: Australia
    • Available Language: English
    • Subtitles: Eng/Fre



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      Grieving over the death of their son, a married couple decide to take a long yachting trip for relaxation's sake. Their journey takes a dark turn, however, when they rescue a young man from a drifting vessel. The couple soon discover that the other ship's crew had been brutally murdered by their new passenger, and find themselves in a battle of wits against this violent sociopath. Interestingly, a previous attempt had been made at adapting the novel that inspired this film by none other than Orson Welles; footage from his unfinished version, known as "The Deep," can be seen in the documentary Orson Welles: The One-Man Band. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
    Movie Type
    Movie Level Themes
      Trapped or Confined, Woman In Jeopardy, Nightmare Vacations
    Movie Level Tones
      Disturbing, Paranoid, Tense, Claustrophobic, Menacing, Atmospheric

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        Though it's no Knife in the Water, director Phillip Noyce's tense, visceral '80s thriller injects a much-needed claustrophobic jolt into the standard yuppies-in-danger plotline that seemed to be in such abundance in the late '80s and early '90s (see also Pacific Heights and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle). The pulpy influence of director George Miller can be felt in every frame of Dead Calm, from the just-over-the-top performances (the best of which is given by a then-unknown Nicole Kidman), to the copious bloodletting and sordid twists in the film's third act. Dead Calm isn't above pulling the rug out from under its audience, and it succumbs to the lame passage of dialogue here and there, but it's at least precise, economical, and taut -- certainly more so than the routine Hollywood product Noyce would churn out for the next decade or so. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi


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