Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian psychological thriller horror film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. The screenplay by Terry Hayes was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Williams; the film represents the first successful film adaptation of the novel after Orson Welles struggled for years to complete his own film based on it titled The Deep. Filmed around the Great Barrier Reef, the plot focuses on a married couple, who, after the tragic loss of their son, are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.
Rae Ingram (Nicole Kidman) is involved in a car crash which results in the death of her son. Her older husband, Royal Australian Navy officer John Ingram (Sam Neill), suggests that they help deal with their grief by heading out for a vacation alone on their yacht. In the middle of the Pacific, they encounter a drifting boat that seems to be taking on water. A man, Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane), rows over to the Ingrams' boat for help. He claims that his boat is sinking and that his companions have all died of food poisoning.
|genre||drama horror thriller|
|keywords||attack broken mirror car crash claim drift far gone float food poisoning gap hide kill kiss lemonade life raft murder navy officer older husband only way open pacific pacific ocean poison royal australian navy sail submerge turn wash|
|producer||Doug Mitchell George Miller Terry Hayes|
|productionCompany||Kennedy Miller Mitchell|
|publisher||Roadshow Entertainment Warner Bros.|