Dead Calm (1989)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Grieving over the death of their son, a married couple decide to take a long yachting trip for relaxation's sake. Their journey takes a dark turn, however, when they rescue a young man from a drifting vessel. The couple soon discover that the other ship's crew had been brutally murdered by their new passenger, and find themselves in a battle of wits against this violent sociopath. Interestingly, a previous attempt had been made at adapting the novel that inspired this film by none other than
Apr 7, 1989 Wide
Dec 7, 1999
Warner Home Video
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Though not always entirely credible, Dead Calm is a nail-biting suspense pic [from the novel by Charles Williams] handsomely produced and inventively directed.
A classic piece of pared-down genre film-making is lent extra depth by an emotional subtext stressing Kidman's transition from dependent wife to resourceful individual.
This is not a gimmick film ... and Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together.
[Noyce is] a masterful manipulator, but eventually there is no more wind in these sails, not even enough to riffle a jib, as the story and Rae's character wear thin.
For much of the movie, you're enthralled. By the end, you're laughing. This is not good.
A remarkable breakout for Nicole Kidman, who gives this feminist thriller everything it deserves, and more.
One of the best thrillers of our time....it'll leave your gasping for air
Fun, scary and suspensful from start to finish.
One of the better yuppies-in-jeopardy thrillers of the late '80s and early '90s.
Great thriller with two excellent actors!
A gripping three-character film that plays out like Hitchcock on the High Seas.
Chilling, claustrophobic tale of menace on a dead calm ocean.
A crisp and commanding little thriller.
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