There are several occasions when this rousing Australian thriller from 1987 should have ended with a well-placed shot from a speargun or a stronger knot of rope, but you don't think about these small details when you're being scared out of your wits. In a role that catapulted her to international stardom, Nicole Kidman plays a young wife who has joined her husband (Sam Neill) on a yachting trip to recover from the tragic death of their son. Far out to sea, they encounter a sinking ship with one survivor (Billy Zane, 10 years before Titanic
) but inviting him aboard turns out to be a very bad mistake. While Neill attempts to salvage the sinking boat, Kidman is fighting for her life against the psychotic Zane--a villain so creepy that you eagerly look forward to his demise. By the time that moment arrives director Phillip Noyce has resorted to a typical slasher-movie climax (proving that no boat should be without a flare gun) but until then Dead Calm
is a nail-biting thriller that's guaranteed to keep you in a state of nail-biting suspense. --Jeff Shannon
Tense psychological thriller in which John Ingram (Sam Neill) and his wife Rae (Nicole Kidman), alone on a sailing trip, rescue a young man (Billy Zane) from his disabled ship. He claims to be the sole survivor of a food poisoning attack, but when Ingram boards the ship he discovers that something far more sinister has been going on, and that his young wife is in considerable danger.
A suspense thriller about a husband and wife, recovering from a personal tragedy, who encounter a stranger while cruising their boat in the Pacific and become ensnared in a drama of mystery, high emotions and extreme danger.
audio in italianotratto dal romanzo donna da morire (1963, anche punto morto) di charles williams. per riprendersi dalla tragica morte del loro bambino, coppia si mette in viaggio in mare e soccorre un naufrago che si rivela un assassino psicopatico. ritmo narrativo sostenuto, ottimo montaggio, ambientazione efficace, interpreti di buon livello fan dimenticare le inverosimiglianze e gli eccessi di un thriller marino con qualche risvolto horror in salsa di sottile umorismo.