The Abyss

1989

James Cameron
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Production Company

An underwater rescue mission is put into effect to find survivors on a stricken nuclear submarine which went down in unexplained circumstances. During the dangerous operation the crew find more than they expected in the deep abyssal trenches of the Atlantic Ocean.

Great adventure, albeit a bit long, and with some stand-out scenes.
A negative word has to be said about the treatment of the 2-disc Special Edition DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment: the fuzzy picture resembles nothing much better than a decent bootleg copy; and a non-anamorphic widescreen print as well? However, on the plus side it does contain both the Theatrical and the Special Edition of the film, along with a ton of extras including this brilliant documentary.

The script can be viewed here. (It is also available to read on Disc 2 of the 2-disc DVD).

A Blu-Ray is in the works, we hear...often...



9th August 1989
Cinema






13th October 1989
Cinema






11th February 2003
DVD



139 mins
2.35:1



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Ed Harris
Virgil 'Bud' Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn
Lt. Coffey
Leo Burmester
Catfish
Todd Graff
Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd
Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn
"Sonny" Dawson
Kimberly Scott
Lisa 'One Night' Standing
Captain Pierce Oliver Kidd Brewer
Lew Finler
Dick Warlock
Dwight Perry (as Richard Warlock)
Frank Lloyd
Navigator
Frank Lloyd
Navigator
Marcus K. Mukai
Anchorman #2 (as Marcus Mukai)
Chris Anastasio
Truck Driver
Michael Beach
Barnes
J. Kenneth Campbell
DeMarco
Paula Cross
Young Woman
Thomas F. Duffy
Construction Worker
(as Thomas Duffy)
Chris Elliott
Bendix
Joe Farago
Anchorman
Wendy Gordon
Anchorwoman
Ken Jenkins
Gerard Kirkhill
Frank Lloyd
USS Montana Navigator
Adam Nelson
Ensign Monk
Peter Ratray
USS Montana Captain
Brad Sullivan
USS Montana Executive Officer
Jimmie Ray Weeks
Leland McBride
Mike Cameron
Sailor with the Fire Extinguisher
Michael Chapman
Dr. Berg
Phillip Darlington
Crew Member
Daren Dochterman
News Reporter
Tom Isbell
Wave Reporter
George Robert Klek
Wilhite
Christopher Murphy
Schoenick
Joseph Nemec
Crew Member
Randy Robertson
Russian Sailer On Dock
Dick Warlock
Dwight Perry
William Wisher
Bill Tyler
Emily Yancy
Woman Reporter
Mikhail Gorbachev
Himself
[archive footage]

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