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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

aka Deep Blue Sea

"Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner."

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Details: 105 mins · English, Russian · R (USA)


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Small Carter Blake
Small Dr. Susan McCallister
Small Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley
Small Tom "Scoggs" Scoggins
Small Russell Franklin
Small Jim Whitlock
Small Janice Higgins
Small Brenda Kerns
No_movie_poster Boat Captain
No_movie_poster Helicopter Pilot
Small Helicopter Co-Pilot
Small Helicopter Winch Operator
Small Boy #1
No_movie_poster Girl #1
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No_movie_poster Girl #2
No_movie_poster Friend of Janice
Small Parrot Noises (voice)
Small Preacher


No_movie_poster Robert Kosberg Producer
No_movie_poster Trevor Rabin Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Bruce Berman Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Dallas Puett Editor
No_movie_poster Akiva Goldsman Producer
No_movie_poster Duncan Henderson Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Frank J. Urioste Editor
No_movie_poster Renny Harlin Director
No_movie_poster Derek Brechin Editor
No_movie_poster Duncan Kennedy Screenplay
No_movie_poster Donna Powers Screenplay
No_movie_poster Wayne Powers Screenplay
No_movie_poster Stephen F. Windon Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Tony Ludwig Production
No_movie_poster Alan Riche Production
No_movie_poster Frank J. Urioste Editing
No_movie_poster Dallas Puett Editing
No_movie_poster Derek Brechin Editing


"Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner."

"Welcome to the endangered species list."

"How fast can you swim?"

"Bigger, Smarter, Faster, Meaner."


On Aquatica, a remote former submarine refueling facility converted into a laboratory, a team of scientists are searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) violates a code of ethics (the fictitious "Harvard Genetics Compact") and genetically engineers three Mako sharks to increase their brain capacity so their brain tissue can be harvested as a cure for Alzheimer's. This makes the sharks smarter, faster, and more dangerous.

Aquatica's financial backers become skeptical about the tests and send a corporate executive, Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson), to visit the facility after one of the animals escapes and nearly kills a group of boating teenagers.

To prove that the research is working, the team manages to remove brain tissue from the largest shark. While examining it, Jim (Stellan Skarsgard), one of the researchers, is attacked and his arm is torn off. Brenda (Aida Turturro) calls a helicopter so Jim can get to safety but the helicopter crashes as the sharks attack it, killing Brenda. A shark breaks the glass of the underwater laboratory by ramming it using Jim, flooding the lab and setting free the sharks inside the facility. The group has to escape the sinking research center and avoid being killed as the sharks begin targeting the scientists as prey.

Susan, Russell, Carter (Thomas Jane), Janice (Jacqueline McKenzie) and Tom (Michael Rapaport) make their way to the top of the center. They find a way to get to freedom but Russell is killed by the sharks. While going another way, a ladder falls, leaving them dangling over the water. Janice falls in, and despite Carter's attempts to save her, she is eaten. Meanwhile, the cook Preacher (LL Cool J) kills a shark by blowing it up. He appears in time to save Carter, Tom and Susan.

Shocked by Janice's and Russell's deaths, Tom goes with Carter to the flooded lab because the controls to open a door are in the lab. A shark attacks and Tom is killed. Susan heads into a room to collect some research. A shark follows and almost eats her but she manages to electrocute it, killing it instantly. Carter, Susan and Preacher head to the top of the research center. Preacher is caught by the shark and is almost eaten, but swims to safety.

Susan, in an effort to distract the third and final shark, cuts herself and dives into the water. When she attempts to climb out, the ladder crumbles and breaks, and she is devoured by the enormous shark. But in attacking her, the shark has moved close enough for Preacher to shoot it with an explosive harpoon, which he detonates by connecting the trailing wires to a battery. With all three sharks now gone, Preacher and Carter wait atop the flooded facility as they see a boat containing other researchers arriving.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1999-07-28 : United States of America

DVD : 2009-09-08

DVD : 1999-12-14

Blu-ray disc : 2010-10-12

1999-07-26 : United States of America