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The Abyss
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Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Virgil 'Bud' Brigman
Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn

Lt. Hiram Coffey
Leo Burmester

Leo Burmester

Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff

Todd Graff

Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd

John Bedford Lloyd

Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn

J.C. Quinn

'Sonny' Dawson
Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott

Lisa 'One Night' Standing


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James Cameron

James Cameron

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I need you to believe.

4 years, 4 months ago at Dec 15 19:40
5 votes
''I need you to believe me right now.''

A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Ed Harris: Virgil 'Bud' Brigman

The Abyss is the most thought-provoking, imaginative, and beautiful science fiction film out there among the visionary stars of cinema. Master fil... read more

Save me from the ending!

6 years, 8 months ago at Aug 22 9:52
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In The Abyss, James Cameron weaves a number of plot lines - a rescue mission for a submarine, encounters with alien life, the perils of the Cold War and the redemption of love - in a manner that actually works until the ending.

The movie is at its most successful when it plays on your fears of the deep to create a tense atmosphere. What is more remarkable is that the special effect... read more

Solid sci-fi adventure!

5 years, 12 months ago at Apr 28 6:11
1 vote
"These guys are about as much fun as a tax audit."

James Cameron was indisputably one of the most influential directors throughout the 20th Century; with each new film brought new groundbreaking special effects as well as mind-blowing, innovative concepts.

The Abyss is undoubtedly a top notch, extraordinarily well made film that can be regarded as more of an underwat... read more
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Description: When an American nuclear submarine crashes, the United States Government believe the Russians to be responsible. They enlist the help of a team of underwater drilling platform workers who are to help the deployed Navy SEALS locate the crash site. As they get closer to their destination, the friction between the two teams increases. Wh ... (more)
Release date: 9 August 1989
UPC: 024543000082
Sci-fi (31), Action (17), Adventure (14), Aliens (13), Submarine (12), Thriller (11), Science Fiction (11), 1989 (10), 1980s (10), Water (9), Alien (9), Drama (8), Ocean (7), Underwater (7), Suspense (6), Sea (6), Reanimation (4), Giant Wave (4), U Boat (4), Abyss (4)
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"Abyss A dream of an abyss means that your are connecting with your deeper nature, going beyond the superficial to where your inner rivers run deep and you feel your connection with the soul of the world. If you are afraid of this abyss, then the dream is assisting you to process fears of death, overwhelm, inadequacy, or your own powers."


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"  ''I need you to believe me right now.'' It's pretty much, a space movie set underwater. As weird as it may sound, it works in this case. I find it's also one of Cameron's under appreciated films, too."


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""There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss." "Deep below the blue surface, there lies a place no one has ever dreamed of....." "A place on Earth more awesome than anywhere in space." "


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johanlefourbe posted a review 8 months, 4 weeks ago

A good movie

“Since it hadn't seen for years, I thought I should really re-watch this one. Even though it is not one of Cameron's work most heralded work, many people are really fan of this flick. And who could blame them? It is visually quite impressive and was, at the time, rather groundbreaking (It was one of the first films to make proper use of CGI technology). Back then, I wasn't so sure about the story. I mean, it was entertaining enough, that's for sure, but it was still rather generic in my opinion. This time, I watched the director's cut and I'm not sure if the extra 15 minutes were actually welcome. I mean, it explains too much what is the deal with those aliens whereas the shorter version kept it mysterious which worked better in my opinion. Furthermore, as usual with James Cameron, the char” read more

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