Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)



Critic Consensus: The underwater footage is both beautiful and awe-inspiring.

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Director James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration--the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before.
G (for thematic elements)
Comedy , Documentary , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Bill Paxton
as Himself
Ken Marschall
as Himself
Mike Cameron
as Himself
Don Lynch
as Himself
Tava Smiley
as Herself
James Cameron
as Himself
Ed Harris
as Bud 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
Ken Jenkins
as Gerard Kirkhill
Michael Beach
as Barnes
Chris Elliott
as Bendix
Peter Ratray
as Captain
Brad Sullivan
as Executive
Frank Lloyd
as Navigator
Joseph C. Nemec III
as Crew Member
William Wisher
as Bill Tyler
Phillip Darlington
as Crew Member
Joe Farago
as Anchorman
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Critic Reviews for Ghosts of the Abyss

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (28)

This hour-long feature, edited down from 900 hours of footage, is both a technical marvel and a heartfelt memorial to those who died when the ship sank in 1912.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It may not have the organisation of 'art', but it's quite some postcard.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Cameron, who produced and directed it, does a visually splendid job, though what he has fashioned comes down to a logistical footnote to his great, primal, heart-of- the-ocean blockbuster.

Full Review… | April 23, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

One of the rare Imax movies in which the 3-D effects are completely melded into the picture, rather than simply used as a gimmick.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Aside from his CGI ghostcraft unwittingly co-opting Pat O'Neill's last feature, Cameron is entirely predictable in a marines T-shirt, exhorting, 'Next stop, Titanic -- rock 'n' roll!'

Full Review… | April 15, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Ghosts of the Abyss is an incredible experience that will further enhance our century-long fascination with the Titanic.

April 14, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ghosts of the Abyss

Disappointingly full of platitudes.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"Ghosts of the Abyss" is a sci-fi type documentary. James Cameron and Bill Paxton along with a group of scientists, historians, and deep sea explorers head down to explore the remains of Titanic. It's visually stunning to see the ship at the ocean floor. The way it has deteriorated, yet parts like stain glass windows remain beautiful and intact. Runs only at 64 minutes, which is a good run time as the movie does become a little boring mid way through. This was designed for 3D Imax, so watching it on DVD on a 55 inch tv, really doesn't seem to do it the justice is deserves. At home it's kind of just a boring exploration of a fascinating subject. But, I'm sure on a 3D Imax screen this is a real experience.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Ghost of the Abyss is better.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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