The Big Blue

The Big Blue (1988)

Danger...Like Passion...Runs Deep

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1988-05-11
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 556 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 48min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Gaumont
  • Production Country: France, Italy, United States of America
  • Director: Luc Besson
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Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques and Enzo are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who died at sea when Jacques was a boy; to the bewilderment of scientists, Jacques harbors a remarkable ability to adjust his heart rate and breathing pattern in the water, so that his vital signs more closely resemble that of dolphins than men (he even considers a school of dolphins as his extended family). As Enzo persuades a reluctant Jacques to compete against him in a free diving contest -- determining who can dive deeper and longer without scuba gear -- Jacques meets Johana, a beautiful insurance investigator from America, and he finds that he must choose between his love for her and his love of the sea.

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  • Jean-Marc Barr

    as Jacques Mayol
  • Jean Reno

    as Enzo Molinari
  • Rosanna Arquette

    as Johana Baker
  • Paul Shenar

    as Dr. Laurence
  • Sergio Castellitto

    as Novelli
  • Griffin Dunne

    as Duffy
  • Valentina Vargas

    as Bonita
  • Kimberly Beck

    as Sally
  • Patrick Fontana

    as Alfredo
  • Alessandra Vazzoler

    as La Mamma
  • Paul Herman

    as Taxi Driver in U.S.A
  • Geoffrey Carey

    as Supervisor
  • Jan Rouiller

    as Noireuter
  • Pierre Semmler

    as Franck
  • Pierre-Alain de Garrigues

    as Superintendent
  • Jean Bouise

    as Uncle Louis
  • Marc Duret

    as Roberto
  • Andréas Voutsinas

    as Priest
  • Bruce Guerre-Berthelot

    as Young Jacques
  • Gregory Forstner

    as Young Enzo
  • Claude Besson

    as Jacques Father
  • Eric Do

    as Japanese Diver
Directing Luc Besson Director
Camera Carlo Varini Director of Photography
Sound Eric Serra Original Music Composer
Production Patrice Ledoux Producer
Editing Olivier Mauffroy Editor
Production Nathalie Cheron Casting
Art Dan Weil Production Design
Sound Pierre Befve Sound Designer
Production Luc Besson Producer
Writing Luc Besson Story
Writing Luc Besson Screenplay
Writing Robert Garland Screenplay
Writing Marilyn Goldin Screenplay
Writing Jacques Mayol Screenplay
Writing Marc Perrier Screenplay