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The Abyss (1989) Movie Information

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826

Avg. Rating:

2.90/4

# of Ratings:

327

Genres:

Action, Adventure

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/09/1989

Director:

James Cameron

Actors:

Ed Harris
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Michael Biehn
Leo Burmester
Kimberly Scott
Todd Graff

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

The Abyss is an underwater story of civilian oil rig workers who are told to help rescue a nuclear sub that sunk for unknown reasons.

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Matthew Brady 02/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

The Abyss is an underwater story of civilian oil rig workers who are told to help rescue a nuclear sub that sunk for unknown reasons. This movie has amazing visual effect's and funny writing but I feel the lacks on plot.

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The Host 10/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Great movie! The Special Edition is even better!

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Yojimbo 07/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

An exciting underwater adventure from James Cameron which owes more to Close Encounters than Aliens. Harris and Mastrantonio spark off each other well and it debuted the SFX technology that brought the T1000 to life in Terminator 2. And despite what I'd been told, the special edition brings nothing more to the story except some overlong and unnecessary detail and a rather trite message about war being bad. No shit.

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  Daniel Corleone
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05/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Abyss review

This is an underwater Aliens without the guns and less violent. The picture had so many claustrophobic moments because of the solid acting. The film lacks character development and immediately immerses the action underwater when a crew checks a dilapidated sub. Jammer saw something that was discussed by Virgil "Bud" Brigman (Ed Harris) and Dr. Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). Effects were magnificent for its time coupled with the majestic score especially when Bud was rescued underwater. Harris and Mastrantonio’s performances were amazing despite some lengthy portions of the film that prolonged the movie. Themes of love, hope, alienists’ and persistence were touched. So many spectacular underwater scenes including suspenseful moments. The Abyss is a sight to behold f...

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3/4 

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  mdtinney
mdtinney
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08/26/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best Ed Harris movie ever!

This movie is why I have such a respect for imagination and creativity. James Cameron reportedly came up with the idea for this movie during a boring biology class, penning down his thoughts in a short story fashion, and then later making movie history by writing and directing The Abyss. Some of the best special effects I have ever seen to-date, and definitely some of the best under-water cinematography. The full story (almost 3 hours long on the special DVD version) is worth the watch, and is engrossing from beginning to end. This is definitely one of my favorite films of all time. It is hard to believe the film is 20 years old and can still be so convincing and heart-touching. My respect goes out to Ed Harris who went through hell to portray his part. Mary Elizabeth was also fantastic--...

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  TheWolf
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04/04/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Simply amazing

For those of you that are technical geeks I should sport you with a bit of trivia here, if you have ever used the program "PhotoShop" you have the movie The Abyss to thank for it. This film is one of the most technologically advancing films made in the last 20 years. The film is still as visually stunning today as it was in 89. What most people don't know about the development of this film is that it was what gave Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the special effects company owned by George Lucas, a big chance to pick up on a project that is not one of Lucas's own projects.
One of the most amazing things about this film is the psuedopod (the water creature that can mimic others), it was completely developed and animated frame by frame using what is now Photoshop 1.0
I would easily ra...

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