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The Abyss (1989)
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The Abyss (1989) The ballistic missile submarine USS Montana sinks under mysterious circumstances. The doomed boat settles on a ledge several hundred feet deep and on the edge of an even deeper ocean abyss. US Navy SEALS are brought in to salvage the sub's missiles and an experimental civilian deep water oil-drilling rig is commandeered to help. All goes well until the SEAL leader suffers from high pressure madness and the rig is visited by the "Non-Terrestrial Intelligence" that apparently lives in the abyss. The ensuing struggle results in a race against time to prevent World War III and a reunion between the estranged couple that designed and operate the oil rig.

Movie Tagline:
There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss.

Title: Abyss, The
Release Date: August 09, 1989
Runtime: 138 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Buried.com Rating: 8.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A

MPAA Rating: PG-13

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG-13 for language and some scenes of action. (special edition)

James Cameron

Ed Harris ...Virgil 'Bud' Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ...Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn ...Lt. Hiram Coffey
Leo Burmester ...Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff ...Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd ...Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn ...Arliss 'Sonny' Dawson
Kimberly Scott ...Lisa 'One Night' Standing
Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. ...Lew Finler (as Capt. Kidd Brewer Jr.)
George Robert Klek ...Wilhite
Christopher Murphy ...Schoenick, SEAL Team Member
Adam Nelson ...Ensign Monk, SEAL Team Member
Dick Warlock ...Dwight Perry (as Richard Warlock)
Jimmie Ray Weeks ...Leland McBride
J. Kenneth Campbell ...DeMarco
Ken Jenkins ......
Chris Elliott ...Bendix
Peter Ratray ...USS Montana Captain
Michael Beach ...Barnes
Brad Sullivan ...USS Montana Executive Officer
Frank Lloyd ...USS Montana Navigator
Phillip Darlington ...USS Montana Crewman
Joseph C. Nemec III ...USS Montana Crewman (as Joseph Nemec III)
Joe Farago ...Anchorman
William Wisher Jr. ...Bill Tyler, Reporter (as William Wisher)
Marcus K. Mukai ...Anchorman #2 (as Marcus Mukai)
Wendy Gordon ...Anchorwoman
Paula Cross ...young Woman
Thomas F. Duffy ...Construction Worker (as Thomas Duffy)
Chris Anastasio ...Truck Driver

» [more cast members]

Gale Anne Hurd
Van Ling

James Cameron

Alan Silvestri

The Abyss Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Too Much Pressure"
"The Walk To The Gas Chamber"

More Movie Taglines:
  • There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss.
  • A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space.
  • Deep below the blue surface, there lies a place no one has ever dreamed of.....
Movie Quote(s):
  • Virgil: When it comes to the safety of these people, there's me and then there's God, understand?
  • Virgil: Goddammit, you bitch! You never backed away from anything in your life! Now fight! [slaps Lindsey] Virgil: Fight! [slaps Lindsey again] Virgil: Fight! Right now! Do it! Fight goddammit! Fight! Fight! Fiiiiight!
  • Lindsey Brigman: [about the Navy SEALS] These guys are about as much fun as a tax audit.
  • Lindsey Brigman: We all see what we want to see. Coffey looks and he sees Russians. He sees hate and fear. You have to look with better eyes than that.
  • Lt. Coffey: We don't need them. We can't trust them. We may have to take steps. We're gonna have to take steps.
Movie Trivia:
  • Director James Cameron contacted Orson Scott Card before filming began with the possibility of producing a book based on the film. Card initially told his agent that he doesn't do "novelizations", but when she told him that the director was James Cameron, he agreed to consider it. The script arrived, and Card signed on after receiving assurances from Cameron that he would be free to develop his "novel" the way he wanted to. After a meeting with Cameron, Card immediately wrote the first three chapters, which dealt with events concerning Bud and Lindsay Brigman that occurred before the events in the film. Cameron gave these chapters to Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who used it to develop their characters.
  • Cast members had to become certified divers before filming began.
  • The masks were specially designed to show the actors' faces, and had microphones fitted so that dialogue spoken at the time by the actors could be used in the film. The noises made by the regulators in the helmets were erased during sound post-production.
  • Most of the underwater filming took place in a half-completed nuclear reactor facility in Gaffney, South Carolina, including the largest underwater set in the world at 7 million gallons.
  • The crew frequently spent enough time underwater to force them to undergo decompression before surfacing. James Cameron would often watch dailies through a glass window, while decompressing and hanging upside down to relieve the stress on his shoulders from the weight of the helmet.
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