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The Big Blue (Director's Cut) (1988)

Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, more...
Director: Luc Besson, Luc Besson
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Adventure, Seafaring
Running Time: 168 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy adventure. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) 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 Johanna (Rosanna Arquette), a beautiful insurance investigator from America, and he finds that he must choose between his love for her and his love of the sea. Le Grand Bleu ran 132 minutes in its original French version, but it was trimmed to 118 for American release, with the original score by Eric Serra replaced by music from Bill Conti. While the film did middling business in the U.S., it was a huge success in Europe, and director Luc Besson released an expanded 168 minute version in 1998. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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pretty scenery does not make a good film by deviance November 28, 2005 - 11:34 AM PST
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This is a cheesy romance starring an Arquette. The description makes you think it may be about two gay men, or about their amazing ability, or about dolphins - but no! It seems like it was written by a 12 year old girl. It is predictable. Disappointing!

An amazing film by larbeck February 23, 2004 - 5:43 PM PST
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I saw the cut American release and did not remember it being this good! Can there be a better complaint for a director's cut? Eric Serra score is wonderful, too and the "isolated score" feature is a nice bonus. But it is the contrast of the three personalities and the interplay between them that makes the film special.

review 1 by HKim December 17, 2003 - 2:53 PM PST
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Beautiful movie set in Italy and Greece and S. America. Felt some sexual tension b/w the dolphin and the leading guy at times- kinda odd. R. Arquette kinda brought down the movie- why was she the female lead? bad choice- she's too american maybe an unknown european actress would have been a smoother choice. this movie makes suicide into a beautiful act where man and nature commune- suicide is not beautiful. but overall, great movie.

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