Dead calm

Australia, 1989

Film
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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.

Credits

director

Phil Noyce

co-producer

George Miller

Doug Mitchell

Terry Hayes

production company

Warner Bros Pictures

Kennedy Miller Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:35:57:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36859

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Sea in motion pictures

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Thrillers

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Kidnapping

Drama

Drama → Psychodrama

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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