5.8/10
117,139
669 user 224 critic

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Trailer
2:21 | Trailer
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

Director:

Renny Harlin
Reviews
Popularity
2,904 ( 757)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Lake Placid (1999)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorizing residents in Black Lake, Maine.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt
Anaconda (1997)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who forces them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.

Director: Luis Llosa
Stars: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz
Hollow Man (2000)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin
Deep Blue Sea 2 (Video 2018)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A brilliant billionaire named Carl Durant is experimenting on bull sharks, which soon rebel to cause havoc for a group of scientists.

Director: Darin Scott
Stars: Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, Michael Beach
Tremors (1990)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter
Arachnophobia (1990)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An F.B.I. Agent takes on a plane full of deadly venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

Director: David R. Ellis
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips
Jaws 2 (1978)
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Rogue (2007)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile while trapped on a rapidly flooding mud island.

Director: Greg McLean
Stars: Michael Vartan, Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A scientific expedition sets out for Borneo to seek a flower called the Blood Orchid, which could grant longer life. Meanwhile, they run afoul of snakes and each other.

Director: Dwight H. Little
Stars: Morris Chestnut, KaDee Strickland, Eugene Byrd
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Venomous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

Director: Ellory Elkayem
Stars: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra
Species (1995)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... Carter Blake
Saffron Burrows ... Dr. Susan McAlester
Samuel L. Jackson ... Russell Franklin
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Janice Higgins
Michael Rapaport ... Tom Scoggins
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jim Whitlock
LL Cool J ... Preacher
Aida Turturro ... Brenda Kerns
Cristos ... Boat Captain
Daniel Rey Daniel Rey ... Helicopter Pilot (as Daniel Bahimo Rey)
Valente Rodriguez ... Helicopter Co-Pilot
Brent Roam ... Helicopter Winch Operator
Eyal Podell ... Boy #1
Erinn Bartlett ... Girl #1
Dan Thiel ... Boy #2
Edit

Storyline

A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea... Written by John Smith <John.Smith7@net.ntl.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Beneath the glassy surface, there's a World of gliding Monsters See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic shark attacks, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Blue Sea See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,107,643, 1 August 1999

Gross USA:

$73,648,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,648,142
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in the same Fox Studios Baja complex where Titanic (1997) was filmed. Having made Cutthroat Island (1995) at sea, Renny Harlin was determined to make this movie under the most controlled circumstances possible. See more »

Goofs

Numerous times the sharks pound through steel doors and Carter provides an explanation about how much force the shark can build up. The explanation is sound except for the fact that shark skulls are mostly cartilage and would cave in on impact, killing the shark. This has actually happened numerous times in real aquariums. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Susan McCallister: [after slashing her hand to use the blood as bait] She may be the smartest animal on the planet, but she's still just an animal. Come to mama.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, both the Warner Bros. shield and the Village Roadshow logo are depicted as being underwater. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER:In a test screening one month before the film's opening, the ending had Susan (Saffron Burrows) escaping the shark at the end and saving the day with the spear gun. Audiences booed that ending, and sure enough, it came out with Susan getting eaten and Preacher (LL Cool J) saving the day. You can actually tell that some of the final shots were three-shots, with empty space where Burrows would have been. Sometimes Thomas Jane's eye-line looks like it should go to her. She's been digitally erased. See more »


Soundtracks

I Can See Clearly Now
Produced by Bob Brockman (as 'Bassy' Bob Brockmann) and Ralph Roundtree
Performed by Chantel Jones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Under the right conditions, it's entertaining
10 September 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I saw DBS for $2.50 on the big screen (cheaper than renting it on video), and on that day I was desiring nothing more than a dumb action flick that would entertain me for about 100 minutes. That's what I got, so I was satisfied.

Still, under different circumstances (higher admission price, wanting something more out of a movie on the day of seeing it, etc.) I probably wouldn't have liked it. The characters were really thin - you hardly learned a thing about them, and they were pretty much interchangable. The dialogue was weak and cliched. The sharks - supposedly intelligent - didn't get much of a chance to show their supposed intelligence. The sets were okay, but still had a look to them that suggested that extra money could have polished them up. The characters commit some really stupid actions along the way.

Wait until you are in the right frame of mind, and it's free or at a low price. Chances are then you'll be acceptably entertained.


65 of 94 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 669 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed