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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping suspenseful thriller!!
This is a truly intense thriller packed with so many twists and turns that it's totally compelling from beginning to end. Staring Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman, the plot revolves around a couple who spend some time sailing in the Pacific to help them get past the death of their son. They soon come across a sinking boat and pick up a stranger who turns out to be a homicidal...
Published on 29 Jan 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars dead calm
it was not my cup of tea but my husband like it it was brought for him he wood recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping suspenseful thriller!!, 29 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Dead Calm [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
This is a truly intense thriller packed with so many twists and turns that it's totally compelling from beginning to end. Staring Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman, the plot revolves around a couple who spend some time sailing in the Pacific to help them get past the death of their son. They soon come across a sinking boat and pick up a stranger who turns out to be a homicidal maniac, played excellently by Billy Zane. The situation rapidly becomes impossible for the couple as they must rise to the challenge. The atmosphere in Dead Calm is very haunting and incredibly restrained. The setting is perfect for a movie of this genre. The ocean is seemingly endless and completely empty. Dead Calm is one of those movies you don't forget. The suspense and tension make this film a powerful and outstanding entertainment. Definitely a must see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True classic, 30 July 2007
This review is from: Dead Calm [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
The suspense of this movie is incredible. Zane is excellent in the movie as the nutcase castaway. Nicole is young and attractive and right for the role. All actors are believable. A simple film that only involves 3 people that most reviewers here have raved about..must be good. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat. The sex scene where Zane attempts to sleep with Kidman and succeeds may be disturbing to women. Kidman stupidly leads him into thinking there is an attraction between them so ends up having sex with him. The scene is hot and intense as she at last minute tries to get away but fails. Thrillers rarely get any better than this. To sum it up in short. Pyscho meets a couple at sea. Pyscho does what he wants as they do. The director knew how to keep the viewer interested and I wonder if he does a good job as this in other films he has done. All actors were picked well for this film and do a good job. The actors are just as important as the director. They mixed extremely well together here. The movie is a classic and should be bought if you like your thrillers exciting and not boring.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that is anything but calm, 31 Jan 2004
This review is from: Dead Calm [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
'Dead Calm is a film that had me taut with excitement from start to finish. The tension and frustration really built up throughout the film right up to the climax. The feeling of isolation experienced by the charaters is well exploited with some excellent cinematography. I found the performances by the three stars to be both convincing and entertaining especially the 'bad guy' played by Billy Zane who is suitably sinister and quite frightening.
The story is a simple (on the surface) tale of a young couple who go away to spend some quality time together on a sailing trip. One day they meet a sinking ship and rescue a single survivor. However, after investigation things seem to take a turn for the worse and the couple begin to understand the kind of man they took on board. While all the acting is good it is really the director's (Philip Noyce) masterful manipulation of the tension that will have you on the verge of a heart attack towards the finish.
Overall this film gets a solid 4 stars due to a lack of explanation and insight into some key points that I felt needed to be explored in more detail. I would recommend watching this film but, unless it takes your fancy, it isn't worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars *****, 18 Feb 2013
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Ana Margarida Pimentel "Ivan" (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Uma oportunidade a preço de saldo e com (melhor de tudo) legendas em português. Mais um clássico para a minha colecção.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stay calm and you may yet not end up dead., 16 Feb 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Dead Calm is directed by Phillip Noyce and adapted to screenplay by Terry Hayes from the novel of the same name written by Charles Williams. It stars Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. Music is by Graeme Revell and cinematography by Dean Semler.

After losing their young son in a car accident, John (Neill) and Rae Ingram (Kidman) head out alone on their yacht for an ocean vacation. Whilst taking in some R&R, the couple spy a ship drifting in the distance, then a man in a dinghy hurriedly rows towards them. He boards their yacht, frantic and panicked, he tells them the ship is sinking and that all on board are dead, killed by food poisoning. His name is Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane), and the Ingram's are about to wish they had never met him....

The Saracen and The Orpheus.

It's so refreshing to find a thriller that works without tricks or elaborate plotting, where the narrative is stripped down to the bare bones and played out purely by three characters. Dead Calm, whilst not exactly the most credible of thrillers from the 80s, contains genuine suspense, a pot boiling heart and production value of some distinction. Director Noyce deals in psychological studies, primarily that of a lunatic and that of a woman beset with grief having to use her mental fortitude to hopefully save herself and her husband.

Noyce and his team get the maximum amount of edge of the seat thrills from a small isolated yacht in the middle of a vast ocean, with tight camera work and nifty editing, it's a film of quality that belies its pared back production. Even ace Aussie photographer Semler (previously Mad Max 2/Razorback, latterly Dances With Wolves/Waterworld) creates beauty out of such a sparse set up, where the blues and greens of the ocean warm the soul and the red sunsets please the eyes. They be glimpses of Mother Earth that give the Ingram's something tangible to fight for.

With the plot requiring Neill to be in his own isolated hell, he turns in a more measured performance, perfect in fact, but it's Zane and Kidman who steal the show. This would prove to be the launching point of Kidman's career, and it hints at the top actress she would become. She gives Rae Ingram a real strength through adversity, with energy in abundance, intelligence and a simmering sexuality, she's a lady character earning respect by film lovers because of Kidman's performance. Zane is suitably edgy, very much giving Hughie a man-child persona, he too exudes a dangerous sexuality, and when it inevitably kicks off, he is scary into the bargain.

A couple of daft character decisions within the story, and a WTF finale, stop it from being near the top of the thriller movie pantheon. But it's not far off from sitting with the best and it remains fresh and entertaining as the decades roll by. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam neil and nicole kidman on top form, 10 July 2014
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Decided to buy the dvd having watched this when it was on the cinema.Not a bad film all in all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Calm DVD, 23 May 2014
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The DVD was just as expected, in beautiful condition, arrival on the date predicted. I wonder how many people know that it was this movie, directed by my distant cousin Philip Noyce (my mother's name was Gladys Noyce Newham), that led Hollywood to offer him the series of Dr. Ryan with Harrison Ford as director..
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5.0 out of 5 stars ship ahoy, 1 Feb 2014
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a good murder suspence thriller,great acting,great storyline,keeps you glued to the screen ,as the man tries to save his girl from a crazed sailor
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 7 Dec 2013
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I first watched this when I was a young teen and thought it a it jumpy,billy Zane was a perfect bad guy for his role.a must watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Calm, 31 Oct 2013
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This is one of my all time favourite films always enjoy it over periods of time now trying to get my granddaughter to watch it with me and see what the younger generation think.
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