Dead Calm (1989)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 36 mins

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After a gruesome tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae decide to spend some time isolated at sea, where they come across a stranger with a sordid past.

Cast: Billy Zane, Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill

Crew: Phillip Noyce (Director), Dean Semler (Director of Photography), Graeme Revell (Music Director)

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Release Dates: 13 Nov 2018 (India), 07 Apr 1989 (United States)

Tagline: In the middle of nowhere there is nowhere to hide.

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as Hughie Warriner
as Rae Ingram
as John Ingram
Supporting Actor
as Danny
as Russell Bellows




Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Art Director


Film Type:
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR
Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
In the middle of nowhere there is nowhere to hide.
Try To Stay Calm.
High Seas. Deep Terror.
A Voyage Into Fear.
At the end of the film, the suds from the shampoo in Rae's hair disappear.

During the first part of the sex scene Hughie rips off Rae's shorts and underwear. When she slips on a robe to go run up on deck and get the shotgun, she is wearing a white thong underneath her robe.

When the row boat is being rowed to meet the white boat the sea is rough, but when the white boat is sailing to meet it the sea is completely flat.

Rae shoots Hughie with a spear gun and the spear hits the top of his shoulder. The next shot shows the spear much further down his shoulder.
Before filming began, Nicole Kidman took lessons from the owner of the Storm Vogel on how to operate the ship. During the storm sequences near the end of the film, she is actually piloting the yacht.

For the scene where Hughie rips off Rae's shorts, Billy Zane really did rip off Nicole Kidman's shorts through his own sheer strength without any alterations made to the shorts to make them easier to rip.

Nicole Kidman turned 20 during production. The cast and crew held a massive party at a nearby isolated island.

Sam Neill met his wife, Noriko Watanabe, in the making of this film.

Filming took almost six months.