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Dead Calm

By | 2018-03-21T18:31:44+01:00 March 1st, 2004|Reviews|

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Date: 1989

Director: Phillip Noyce

Starring: Sam Neil, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane

Hitchcock at sea. After the death of their son, John and Rea Ingram (Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman) board their boat the Saracen to cruise away their troubles off the Australian coast. A hysterical marine hitchhiker, Hughie (Billy Zane), claims he’s the sole survivor of the Orpheus, which is nearby and adrift. Food poisoning, he says. When John sails over to check out the Orpheus, Hughie morphs into a monster and hijacks Rea and the Saracen. Suddenly, it’s Kidman vs. Zane in the boat-length gloom. What begins as an effort to drown sorrows (Rea mourning her son) evolves into a primordial battle of the sexes. Phillip Noyce (who later directed Michael Caine in “The Ugly American”) pulls no punches in this nasty but wholly satisfying, smart thriller. Wild-eyed Zane is a knock-out.

About the Author:

Marcia Yarrow
A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.

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