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Deep Blue Sea Details


Although mako sharks are among the fastest and deadliest predators in the ocean, they're not as smart as humans -- at least, they weren't. However, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has been using mako sharks as her test subjects for research on the regeneration of human brain tissues. McAlester has altered the DNA of several sharks, raising them close to the level of human intelligence; the sharks have also become faster and stronger in the process. While these DNA experiments have yielded fascinating results, they're also of questionable ethics and legality, earning her the distrust of several members of her crew, including shark authority Carter Blake (Thomas Jane and cook "Preacher" Dudley (LL Cool J). The financial backers of these experiments have also expressed skepticism, so when McAlester is ready to perform some major tests, financier Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) arrives for the occasion. McAlester and her team are delicately extracting brain tissue from one of the altered makos when the animal regains consciousness - and becomes very angry. The shark not only attacks the researchers but also damages the floating lab, leaving the crew aboard a literally sinking ship, with the makos eager to go a few rounds - in an arena that favors sharks. Deep Blue Sea was directed by Renny Harlin, and filmed in Mexico at Fox Studios Baja in the underwater filming facilities created for James Cameron's Titanic. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 28, 1999


Thomas Jane
as Carter Blake
Saffron Burrows
as Dr. Susan McAlester
Samuel L. Jackson
as Russell Franklin
Jacqueline McKenzie
as Janice Higgins
Michael Rapaport
as Tom Scoggins
Stellan Skarsgård
as Dr. Jim Whitlock
LL Cool J
as Dudley
Aida Turturro
as Brenda Kerns


Renny Harlin
Tony Ludwig
Akiva Goldsman
Alan Riche
Donna Powers
Duncan Kennedy
Wayne Powers
Stephen F. Windon
Trevor Rabin
Composer (Music Score)
Derek Brechin
Dallas Puett
William Sandell
Production Designer
Joseph Bennett
Production Designer
Andrew Rothschild
Art Director
Bruce Crone
Art Director
Mark Mansbridge
Art Director
Hector Romero
Art Director
Rebecca Spikings
Tom Mack
Associate Producer
Duncan Henderson
Executive Producer
Duncan Kennedy
Executive Producer
Bruce Berman
Executive Producer
Javier Nava
Set Designer
Debra Echard
Set Designer
Bill Taliaferro
Set Designer
Mark Bridges
Costume Designer
Gregg Rudloff
Sound/Sound Designer
John Reitz
Sound/Sound Designer
Walt Conti
Special Effects
Tom Mack
First Assistant Director
Christine Sheaks
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
John Richardson
Special Effects Supervisor