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The Abyss

"There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss."

An American nuclear submarine is attacked (during the cold war) and crashes underwater. The navy asks the workers of a nearby underwater oil rig who are joined by a number of navy SEALS to locate and investigate the cause of the crash. As the crew embark on their mission, they encounter a number of difficulties and discover that they may not be alone. There is something else down there.

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Released: Aug 9th, 1989
Budget: $70,000,000.00
Revenue: $90,000,098.00

The Abyss Main Cast

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Ed Harris
Ed Harris
plays Bud Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Mary Elizabeth Mas…
plays Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn
Michael Biehn
plays Lt. Coffey
Leo Burmester
Leo Burmester
plays Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff
Todd Graff
plays Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (factual errors): Even if the wind force on the Benthic Explorer is enough to drag the massive rig along the seabed, it could never be enough to accelerate it from rest to at least 1 mph in less than a second when transmitted over an umbilical cord at least 2,000 feet long. No matter how strong the cord is, over that length it would have to stretch to some extent and this would limit the acceleration.
  • During the resuscitation scene, Ed Harris wasn't acting to Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in many of the shots. He was yelling at thin air. During the scenes she did appear in, Mastrantonio stormed off the set because the experience was so traumatic. She learned afterwards the camera was out of film and had to do it over again.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The film's ending hinges on the fact that the protagonist is unable to distinguish "the blue wire with a white stripe" from "the black wire with a yellow stripe" (under yellow light). Basic industrial design guidelines would never have allowed this situation to happen. The reason why some wires are striped and some are not is precisely to make them distinguishable under colored lighting. In a situation like the one in the film, one wire would be striped while the other would be plain.
  • The mini-subs in the wide shots were actually models suspended on wires in a smoky environment and filmed in slow motion.
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