- Original title
- Running time
- 95 min.
Terry Hayes (Novel: Charles Williams)
Kennedy Miller Productions
Thriller. Mystery | Psychological Thriller. Sea Adventures. Sailing
- Synopsis / Plot
- Returning from duty with the Australian navy, John Ingram (Sam Neill) is surprised to be met by two policemen, who inform him of a car accident that has left his son dead and his wife, Rae (Nicole Kidman), injured. The grieving couple seeks refuge on their yacht, the Saracen. Out on the boat, the skies are sunny, the sea calm--but on the horizon is another vessel, the Orpheus. As John and Rae approach the ship, they find a lone survivor, Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane), who tells them that the other crew members have died of food poisoning. Leaving Rae behind with the sleeping Hughie, the suspicious John boards the Orpheus--only to be confronted with a horrifying situation.
Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce directs the film, based on a novel by Charles Williams, with great inventiveness--whether focusing on the tranquil water, the violent Hughie, the resourceful Sam, or the determined Rae with her luminous, translucent blue eyes. A suspenseful thriller reminiscent of Roman Polanskis KNIFE IN THE WATER, DEAD CALM is a chilling tale of trouble on the high seas.
1989: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nom. for Most Promising Actor (Billy Zane)
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