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Ed Harris Ed Harris
Bud Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn Michael Biehn
Lt. 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.

11 years, 2 months ago at Dec 15 19:40
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''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!

13 years, 6 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!

12 years, 10 months ago at Apr 28 6:11
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"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. When some workers report seeing UFO's underwater, the SEALS grow increasingly suspicious and suspect a Russian mini-sub. After a series of near-fatal disasters, the workers find that they are the only people who are capable of stopping World War III. But they are not the only inhabitants of the deep, ... (more)
Release date: 9 August 1989
UPC: 024543000082
Tags: Sci-fi (30), Action (15), Adventure (14), Thriller (11), Aliens (11), Submarine (11), 1989 (11), Science Fiction (11), 1980s (9), Alien (9), Drama (8), Water (8), Ocean (7), Suspense (6), Sea (6), Underwater (6), Cgi (4), Abyss (4), Scuba Diving (4), Reanimation (4)
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The whole reason James Cameron made the movie. Was due to dreams of tsunamis. So itโ€™s weird that scene is only in the directorโ€™s cut. With aliens threatening to crush humans with a giant wave. It adds more to the movie.

Either way the Abyss was the strongest of the submarine underwater creature movies of 1989. Due to Cameron as director, fine effects and a great cast.

As well as more of an original story than just Alien underwater. Which the other underwater movies from 1989 were like. The Abyss is more about peaceful aliens that donโ€™t like the violence humans cause.” read more

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" VHS- 2hrs. 20min. First Viewing James Cameron's story for the The Abyss is more interesting that the script allows it to be. The script doesn't really come together; producing solid scenes rather than a complete film. Technically, however, the film is exceptional for it's time (or any time, really). The visual effects, production design, sound, cinematography, etc.; Cameron certainly knows his way around making a film. If only he'd taken the time to write a better script for this one. Monthly"


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"Goddamn you. You were on a fast track to become one of the best films I've seen in awhile but then you blew with the stupid, sappy ending. "


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