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The Abyss Details

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The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and that they may be participating in an encounter with an alien species. However, in order to make contact, they must not only brave the abyss, an exceedingly deep underwater canyon, but also deal with the violent actions of one of their own crew members, an increasingly paranoid Navy SEAL officer. Approved by director James Cameron, The Abyss: Special Edition is an extended director's cut of the 1989 underwater science fiction epic, reinstating nearly a half hour of footage removed from the original release under studio pressure. Much of the restored footage places the film's events in a grander political context, as the crew's mission becomes a factor in the dangerous escalation of nuclear tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The largest change involves the film's ending, which provides further information on the aliens' mission on Earth, bringing the film to closer to Cameron's intention: a modern remake of Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:August 9, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hoyt Yeatman Best Visual Effects 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Orloff Best Sound 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Dilley Best Art Direction 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Kuljian Best Art Direction 1989 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Mikael Salomon Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mikael Salomon Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Muren Best Visual Effects 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Skotak Best Visual Effects 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Bassman Best Sound 1989 Nominee

Cast

Ed Harris
as Bud Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
as Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn
as Lt. Coffey
Leo Burmeister
as Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff
as Alan "Hippy" Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd
as "Jammer" Willis
Kimberly Scott
as Lisa "One Night" Standing
J.C. Quinn
as "Sonny" Dawson
Chris Murphy
as Seal Schoenick
Adam Nelson
as Ensign Monk
Richard Warlock
as Dwight Perry
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Leland McBride
J. Kenneth Campbell
as DeMarco
Ken Jenkins
as Gerard Kirkhill
Joseph C. Nemec III
as Crew Member
Chris Elliott
as Bendix
Peter Ratray
as Captain
Michael Beach
as Barnes
Brad Sullivan
as Executive
Frank Lloyd
as Navigator
Phillip Darlington
as Crew Member
Joe Farago
as Anchorman
Phillip Darlington
as Crew Member
Joseph C. Nemec III
as Crew Member
Frank Lloyd
as Navigator
Michael Beach
as Barnes
Peter Ratray
as Captain
Brad Sullivan
as Executive
Chris Elliott
as Bendix

Crew

James Cameron
Director
Gale Anne Hurd
Producer
Chris Columbus
Screenwriter
James Cameron
Screenwriter
Mikael Salomon
Cinematographer
Dennis Skotak
Cinematographer
Alan Silvestri
Composer (Music Score)
Lee Orloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joel Goodman
Editor
Conrad Buff
Editor
Howard E. Smith
Editor
Leslie Dilley
Production Designer
Charles Skouras III
Production Designer
Russell Christian
Art Director
Joseph C. Nemec III
Art Director
Peter Childs
Art Director
Gershon Ginsburg
Set Designer
Anne Kuljian
Set Designer
Andrew Precht
Set Designer
Deborah Everton
Costume Designer
Joe Unsinn
Special Effects
Robert Olmstead
Special Effects
Denney Pierce
Stunts
Billy Oliver
Stunts
Alan Oliney
Stunts
Marcia Holley
Stunts
Richard Warlock
Stunts
Loren Janes
Stunts
Clay Boss
Stunts
Kerry Rossall
Stunts
Howard Feuer
Casting
Charles Skouras III
Production Manager
Alex Funke
Visual Effects Supervisor
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
Bob Beemer
Re-Recording Mixer
Philip Barberio
Visual Effects
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