The Big Blue

The Big Blue (1988)

Danger...Like Passion...Runs Deep

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure
  • Release Date: 1988-05-10
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 1403 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 48min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Gaumont
  • Production Country: France
  • 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. 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
  • Jean Bouise

    as Uncle Louis
  • Marc Duret

    as Roberto
  • Griffin Dunne

    as Duffy
  • Valentina Vargas

    as Bonita
  • Kimberly Beck

    as Sally
  • Alessandra Vazzoler

    as La Mamma
  • Andréas Voutsinas

    as Priest
  • Patrick Fontana

    as Alfredo
  • Geoffrey Carey

    as Supervisor
  • Jan Rouiller

    as Noireuter
  • Pierre Semmler

    as Franck
  • Pierre-Alain de Garrigues

    as Superintendent
  • Claude Besson

    as Jacques' Father
  • Bruce Guerre-Berthelot

    as Young Jacques
  • Gregory Forstner

    as Young Enzo
  • Eric Do

    as Japanese Diver
  • Jacques Lévy

    as Doctor
  • Paul Herman

    as Taxi Driver in U.S.A
  • Franco Diogene

    as Receptionist
  • Constantin Alexandrov

    as Dolphin Trainer
  • Luc Besson

    as Blond Diver (uncredited)
  • Valentina Castellani

    as Lady in elevator (uncredited)
  • Christian Gazio

    as Wedged diver (uncredited)
Art Dan Weil Production Design
Camera Carlo Varini Director of Photography
Directing Luc Besson Director
Editing Olivier Mauffroy Editor
Sound Éric Serra Original Music Composer
Sound Pierre Befve Sound Designer
Production Patrice Ledoux Producer
Production Nathalie Chéron Casting
Writing Robert Garland Screenplay
Writing Luc Besson Story
Writing Jacques Mayol Screenplay
Writing Marc Perrier Screenplay
Writing Marilyn Goldin Screenplay
Writing Luc Besson Screenplay
Production Luc Besson Co-Producer
Production Lissa Pillu Casting
Art Patrick Barthelemy Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Magali Guidasci Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Mimi Lempicka Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Geneviève Peyralade Makeup Artist