PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Bud and Lindsey's rocky relationship may have been an unconscious mirror of the divorce that James Cameron was going through at the time with producer Gale Anne Hurd. After finishing Aliens (1986), Hurd had gone off to produce Alien Nation (1988) while Cameron was preparing for The Abyss. By the time the film was green-lit, they had grown apart and had already split amicably, but Cameron still decided that he didn't want to do the movie without Hurd producing. While the divorce was being finalized, Cameron was dating director Kathryn Bigelow during weekend breaks on The Abyss. They married shortly after completion of the film.
USS Montana Captain:
Sixty knots? No way, Barnes. The Reds don't have anything that fast.
The primary mission of a ballistic missile submarine is to hide and remain hidden. The aggressive chasing of an unknown target, which ultimately led to the crash, is completely out of character and most likely a direct violation of orders. They would be far more likely to have slowed down, so as to reduce their noise output and become more stealthy, then to try and sneak away.
There was a dedication for Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. added at the beginning of the end credits of the special edition.
In the Special Edition an alternate take of one scene replaces that found in the original cut of the film, namely when Lindsay is relaying Bud's text messages to the surface ship by radio. In the original version, when she reads the line "This is Virgil Brigman back on the air", she appears amused and relieved, and looks away from the display. In the Special Edition when Lindsay says that line, she looks bemused and mystified, and keeps her eyes on the screen.
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