Movies Abyss, The (1989 Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) Published 4 months ago on October 19, 2018 After the deep space of Aliens, director James Cameron went to the other extreme with The Abyss, setting his film in the ocean’s deepest reaches. An American nuclear sub suffers a power failure and comes to rest on the lip of one of the ocean’s deepest trenches. Rescue arrives in the shape of an oil rig with a submersible capable of reaching the stricken sub and, led by Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) and his estranged wife Lindsey (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), they discover a flooded craft inhabited by dead men. But Lindsey and, subsequently, the rest of the crew, realise they are not alone and that something not of this world ‘lives’ in the trenches. Before they can discern its purpose, a crazed Navy SEAL, Lt Hiram Coffey (Michael Biehn), convinced they’re facing a Soviet threat, launches a nuclear bomb at the visitors and Brigman must descend deeper than any man has gone before to defuse it. Cameron’s film is spectacular, from the drama of reaching the stricken sub as a hurricane brews, through the magical ‘encounters’ generated by Oscar-winners Industrial Light and Magic, to the nail-biting finale as Coffey’s actions threaten the world’s safety. Harris and Mastrantonio provide the emotional core, while Biehn is satisfyingly bonkers, and Cameron racks the tension up nicely throughout the film. production details USA | 139 minutes | 1989 Director: James Cameron Script: James Cameron, Phillip Norwood, cast Chris Elliott as Bendix Ed Harris as Virgil ‘Bud’ Brigman Leo Burmester as Catfish De Vries J.C. Quinn as Arliss ‘Sonny’ Dawson Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Lindsey Brigman Michael Biehn as Lieutenant Hiram Coffey Todd Graff as Alan ‘Hippy’ Carnes John Bedford Lloyd as Jammer Willis Kimberly Scott as Lisa ‘One Night’ Standing Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. as Lew Finler George Robert Klek as Wilhite Christopher Murphy as Schoenick Adam Nelson as Ensign Monk Dick Warlock as Dwight Perry Jimmie Ray Weeks as Leland McBride J. Kenneth Campbell as DeMarco Peter Ratray as Captain Michael Beach as Barnes Ken Jenkins as Gerard Kirkhill Michael Chapman as Dr. Berg William Wisher Jr. as Bill Tyler Frank Lloyd as Navigator ActionAdventureCaptain Kidd Brewer Jr.Chris ElliottChristopher MurphyEd HarrisGeorge Robert KlekJ.C. 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