DVD 95 mins IMDB 6.9 (7,004 votes)
Dead Calm
Warner Brothers (1989)
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Australia  /  English

Nicole Kidman Rae Ingram
Sam Neill John Ingram
Billy Zane Hughie Warriner
Rod Mullinar Russell Bellows
Joshua Tilden Danny
George Shevtsov Doctor
Michael Long Specialist Doctor
Lisa Collins 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Paula Hudson-Brinkley 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Sharon Cook 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Wallis Nicita Danny
Malinda Rutter 'Orpheus' Cruise Girl
Benji Dog (as Benji U.D., A.D.)

Director Phillip Noyce; Philip Noyce
Producer Terry Hayes; George Miller; Doug Mitchell
Writer Charles Williams; Terry Hayes
Cinematography Geoff Burton; Dean Semler
Musician Tim O'Connor; Graeme Revell; SPK; The Tokens
User Credit 1 Richard Francis-Bruce
User Credit 2 Norma Moriceau

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

Edition Details
Barcode 085391187028
Region Region 1
Chapters 37
Release Date 2/8/2005
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 A Voyage Into Fear.
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Trivia: The movie is based on the novel "Dead Calm" by Charles Williams. Orson Welles had filmed it under the name of "The Deep" (previous title: "Dead Reckoning"), based on his own script. The film starred Jeanne Moreau, 'Laurence Harvey' , 'Michael Bryant' , Welles' then-wife Oja Kodar, and Welles himself. The original story had more characters in it than the 1989 film version. Filming lasted from 1967 till 1969. A few scenes could not be filmed, due to the death of Laurence Harvey in 1970, and so Welles' version never reached the big screen. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: At the end of the film, the suds from the shampoo in Rae's hair disappear. (more)

[Rae has just done away with a psychotic killer and rescued her husband from being lost at sea]
Rae Ingram: You know what I'd love for lunch? Fresh asparagus, then, um, pasta - angel hair pasta with heaps of basil, garlic, olive oil and, uh, apple pie. Uh, John, have you got a towel?

Awards: 5 wins & 5 nominations (more)