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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

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Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

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Renny Harlin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... Carter Blake
Saffron Burrows ... Dr. Susan McAlester
Samuel L. Jackson ... Russell Franklin
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Janice Higgins
Michael Rapaport ... Tom Scoggins
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jim Whitlock
LL Cool J ... Preacher
Aida Turturro ... Brenda Kerns
Cristos ... Boat Captain
Daniel Rey Daniel Rey ... Helicopter Pilot (as Daniel Bahimo Rey)
Valente Rodriguez ... Helicopter Co-Pilot
Brent Roam ... Helicopter Winch Operator
Eyal Podell ... Boy #1
Erinn Bartlett ... Girl #1
Dan Thiel ... Boy #2
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Storyline

A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea... Written by John Smith <John.Smith7@net.ntl.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic shark attacks, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Gen 2 Mako is described as eight thousand pounds, and forty-five feet long. This would make it more than four times the weight, and three times the length, of the largest Mako shark ever recorded, and twice the size of the largest Great White Shark. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters states that sharks do not get cancer. This in fact incorrect. Early research showed that properties of shark cartilage prevented blood vessel growth and this was incorrectly extrapolated to mean that sharks could not get cancer. Cancers include cancer of the cartilage. This mistake has resulted in a huge market for bogus cancer "treatments" using shark cartilage, resulting in the wholesale slaughter of sharks. See more »

Quotes

The Parrot: Fat butt... you got a big fat butt!
Preacher: Any of your nonsense and we're gonna have tiny little drumsticks on the menu tonight.
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Crazy Credits

Members of the shark effects team have shark-related nicknames, for example, Peter 'GreatWhite' Smith. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER:In US TV versions, several of the death scenes are edited and cut for content. This includes the death of Russel Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) and Tom "Scoggs" Scoggins (Michael Rapaport). In the original theatrical and DVD versions, their deaths are more gruesome and last a few seconds longer, with the sharks actually tearing and mutilating their bodies. Scoggs body, for instance, is torn apart into several pieces, with blood and gore splattering everywhere. Most American TV versions show the characters being attacked by the sharks and then cut to the scene See more »

Connections

Featured in The Sharks of the Deep Blue Sea (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)
Written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith), Timothy 'China Black' Hom (as Timothy Hom) and Ralph Roundtree
Produced by Timothy 'China Black' Hom and Ralph Roundtree
Co-Produced by Trevor Rabin
Performed by LL Cool J
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Pretty Good Movie
8 March 2006 | by mlm_211See all my reviews

I thought Deep Blue Sea was one of the best shark movies created. I was very fascinated by the scientific part of the movie. The basis wasn't just on terror and blood. I think there's a real personal side to it for the lead character. She had watched her father suffer for years, and that drive and desire to prevent the same thing from happening to so many others gave the movie the obsession that it had. I found it refreshing that this movie had a woman obsessed with helping others instead of some risqué character obsessed with sex or violence. However, the other characters were not introduced to well. You never really found out anything about them. There were some suggestive hints about Carter having a background, but it was as if the movie left you hanging, or you got to make up whatever happened yourself.

There were some bad points as well. Firstly, the relationships between the characters weren't consistent. One minute, it would seem that certain characters were just acquaintances or co-workers, and the next, they seemed to be such close friends. Though, I suppose a tragedy like that would have that effect on people. The other fact that gets me every time I watch the movie is how many times Carter falls down! Yes, sometimes it's unavoidable, but then, others, you can tell he randomly jumps and slides away. Every time they try to do anything, Carter is falling down. Also, what gets to me each time I see the movie is when the stretcher hits the window. All the cast members stand there watching. I know that if I were the room and that first chunk of glass had flown from the window, I wouldn't wait and see what happens next--I would have been running for the door long before they did.


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USA | Mexico

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Release Date:

28 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,107,643, 1 August 1999

Gross USA:

$73,648,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,648,142
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2.39 : 1
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