Dead calm

Australia, 1989

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A psychothriller from the novel by Charles Williams about a married couple who have taken time out to recover from a family tragedy by spending time on their yacht at sea. This seemingly idyllic break soon turns into a nightmare when the couple rescue a young man from a drifting boat, unaware of the stranger’s violent and sociopathic personality that is about to set upon them. Stars Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane. Cinematography by Dean Semler.

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