The Abyss (1989)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 25 mins

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An American nuclear submarine encounters an alien species, which coincidentally causes massive electrical and hydraulic malfunctions, causing the sub to crash into an underwater cliff and sink. 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.

Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn

Crew: James Cameron (Director), Mikael Salomon (Director of Photography), Alan Silvestri (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 09 Aug 1989 (India)

Tagline: A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space.

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as Ensign Monk
as Executive
as Bendix
as Wilhite
as Leland McBride
as Anchorman
as Jammer Willis
as Gerard Kirkhill
as Lisa
as Catfish De Vries
as Barnes
as Berg
as Captain
Supporting Actor
as Construction Worker
as Hippy
as Wave Reporter
as Bill Tyler


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Story Writer
Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Editor


Sound Mixer


Art Director
Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Director
Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Performer

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Coordinator
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space.
Right before Coffey and Bud start their fight scene at the Pool, we see close-ups of each of them. In the first close up of Bud, he has a swollen eye, but in the next one it has disappeared.

Factual Mistake
Deep Core heating system should be damaged after losing the umbilical cable. Yet when Bud emerges from the moon pool, even though he is clearly freezing as seen in the shot, his warm breath is not visible as it should be.

Revealing Mistakes
When Bud and Jammer first enter the Montana scene, a corpse floating in the foreground clearly blinks his eyes.

Crew/Equipment Visible
In the scene where the water creature is exploring the war head you can see the square reflective mylar sheet with a stick to agitate it to give the rippling light effect.
James Cameron's brother, Mike Cameron, plays a dead crewman inside the sunken submarine. For which he had to hold his breath under 15 feet of water while also allowing a crab to crawl out of his mouth.

The water in the two tanks was chlorinated heavily, in order to prevent microbes growing in it. This caused many of the actor's hair to become green and even white.

This film is marked as the first feature film to have used an early version of Adobe Photoshop.

James Cameron brought in several tanker trucks of natural gas, and attached them directly to burners only to heat the water in the unfinished nuclear power plant,