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Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

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James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.

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James Cameron
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Self
John Broadwater John Broadwater ... Self (as Dr. John Broadwater)
Lori Johnston Lori Johnston ... Self (as Dr. Lori Johnston)
Charles Pellegrino Charles Pellegrino ... Self (as Dr. Charles Pellegrino)
Don Lynch Don Lynch ... Self / Thomas Andrews
Ken Marschall Ken Marschall ... Self / J. Bruce Ismay
James Cameron ... Self
Mike Cameron ... Self
Jeffrey N. Ledda Jeffrey N. Ledda ... Self
Corey Jaskolski Corey Jaskolski ... Self
Jason Paul Jason Paul ... Self
Eric Schmitz Eric Schmitz ... Self
Genya Chernaiev Genya Chernaiev ... Self
Victor Nischeta Victor Nischeta ... Self
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch Anatoly M. Sagalevitch ... Self (as Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch)
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Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration, the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend, Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 people lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the ship, inside and out, as never before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of the crew right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D Theatres and specially outfitted 35mm 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his crew bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 91 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel, more than any shipwreck, continues to intrigue... Written by Anonymous

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The legend no one can forget has become the greatest 3D adventure ever filmed.


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Trivia

(September 11, 2001) James Cameron and Bill Paxton were filming a sequence of the Titanic wreckage in Cameron's Deepsea Challenger submersible when the 9/11 attacks occurred. See more »

Goofs

The fourth funnel is shown falling backwards when the ship breaks in two in the sinking simulation. It would do no such thing. It would fall forward like the other funnels. This is also seen in the "final plunge" montage with the photographs of the passengers who perished in the disaster superimposed in front of the footage of the ship sinking from the movie Titanic. See more »

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Bill Paxton: The crucial thing about deep-sea photography is lighting.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD extended version documents the initial attempt to rescue Elwood where Jake is almost lost as well. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Aliens of the Deep (2005) See more »

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Underwater Waltz
Written and Performed by Anatoly M. Sagalevitch (as Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch)
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Great Slideshow; Just O.K. Film
8 June 2003 | by critic_at_largeSee all my reviews

If this were James Cameron's slideshow of his ocean vacation, we would all agree he did a great job. Unfortunately, this collection of nice pictures doesn't work well as a film. Moreover, the incredibly high technology that enables remote cameras to drop two miles to the sea floor without imploding is not matched by state-of-the-art 3D imagery. To fit in their sardine cans, the 3D cameras used for this film had to be very, very small, and they had to use extreme wide-angle lenses. The result is that, notwithstanding the IMAX format, the scale ends up feeling small. There are a number of shots of the giant, four-story tall engines that powered the Titanic, still intact at the bottom of the ocean. Amazing! These things should take your breath away. Somehow, they don't in this presentation. You just don't get a feel for their size. Also, the blue/red 3D technology borrowed from the 1950s is not in the same league as the new polarized 3D technology used in, for example, the most recent Space Shuttle IMAX film. Disappointing. Also, Bill Paxton was not the right choice (yes, I get the whole "life imitating art" thing, but he added exactly nothing to this film). Rod Serling's narrations for the Cousteau films were interesting because, well, he was Rod Serling, but also because he had interesting things to say. You didn't hear Rod saying "look at that" or "wow" or "I can't believe we're really here." Finally, a crew member describes seeing an object on the ship that really brings home the humanity of the tragedy. Do we get to see the object (I am not identifying it here so as not to spoil this part of the film)? No. A waste. Now the good: the computer graphics are terrific, the reenactions are good, and the lighting, expert commentary, and photography are engaging enough to remind us of how many souls were lost in the Titanic disaster, the heroism and cowardice along the way, and how terribly sad and unnecessary the loss of life really was. Worth seeing, despite its flaws.


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts of the Abyss See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,408,474, 13 April 2003

Gross USA:

$17,040,871

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,570,076
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Runtime:

(Blu-ray extended special edition)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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