An American nuclear sub crashes off the coast of Cuba after a collision with an unknown object. The government believes that it must be the USSR. But their concern is with the men aboard so they employ the talents of a group of underwater roughnecks led by Ed Harris and his soon-to-be-ex wife Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. The Navy SEALS sent to find the crash site and prevent the Soviets from capturing a weapon of destruction, get fanatical when Harris' crew start seeing Aliens.
Ed Harris - Virgil 'Bud' Brigman
TriviaBecause digital effects were not used extensively yet in the late 80's, director James Cameron convinced the studio that underwater filming was necessary for realism. The crew found an abandoned nuclear power station in South Carolina. The exterior of the rig and the cliff were both built in two half-completed reactor cooling tanks.
The diving equipment had to be specially designed to allow the Abyss actors to remain underwater for hours at a time, and to allow their entire face to be seen by the camera while underwater.
The Abyss won the 1990 Oscar for Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
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The Movie Abyss, The was released to theatres on 08/09/1989 by 20th Century Fox, and grossed $54,243,125 at the box office in the US on a budget of $70,000,000 .
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