• The Abyss (1989)

The Abyss

Release Date: August 8th, 1989

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 1999

PG-13 |2 hr 19 min

Plot Summary

Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth.

Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff, John Bedford Lloyd, J.C. Quinn, Kimberly Scott

Director: James Cameron

Genres: Adventure , Science fiction

Production Co: Pacific Western, Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Escape, Wife, 1990s, Intense, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Both Mastrantonio and Harris are terrific, never missing a beat, always convincing, even when playing the most extreme emotions. [9 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing... With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art. show more

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    The Abyss is at its best during such moments of reverie-when the abstract metaphors and the unique physicality of the deep sea setting come together to produce powerful, unvoiced meanings. The film does have its beckoning depths; what it needs is a more polished surface. [9 Aug 1989, Tempo, p.1]

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