The Big Blue


2h 48m 1988

Brief Synopsis

A visionary epic of obsession and beauty about Jacques Mayol, the handsome diver who is so at home in the water that he seems only half-human. Jacques' best friends are a family of playful porpoises and Enzo Molinari, his swaggering Italian diving rival. Jacques and Enzo grew up together in the Medi

Film Details

Also Known As
Big Blue, Det stora blå, grand bleu
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Cinecam; Eclair Group; Gaumont; Transpalux; Weintraub Entertainment Group
Distribution Company
Samuel Goldwyn Films/Weintraub Entertainment Group (WEG); 20th Century Fox Distribution; Distribution Company; Filmauro Distribuzione; Gaumont International Productions; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video; Samuel Goldwyn Films; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Weintraub Entertainment Group
Location
Peru; Greece; Antibes, France; Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 48m

Synopsis

A visionary epic of obsession and beauty about Jacques Mayol, the handsome diver who is so at home in the water that he seems only half-human. Jacques' best friends are a family of playful porpoises and Enzo Molinari, his swaggering Italian diving rival. Jacques and Enzo grew up together in the Mediterranean, and remain lifelong friends despite a fierce battle for the top prize in the world free diving championships, where divers compete to see who can descend to the furthest depths of the sea with no equipment other than their own courage and determination. But when the dreamer Jacques falls in love with the beautiful Johanna, he finds himself torn between the damsel and the deep blue sea.

Crew

Abdul Abbott

Production Assistant (New York)

Cyd Adams

Production Assistant (New York)

Tom Allen

Props (New York)

Francesco Angulo

Electrician (Peru)

Franco Ballati

Production Manager (Italy)

Jacques Barbazange

Grip

Nicolette Barr

Assistant Editor

Patrick Barthelemy

Set Decorator

Pierre Befve

Sound Recording (Live)

Javier Bello

Assistant Unit Manager (Peru)

Alain Bernard

Other

Luc Besson

Camera Operator (Submarine Crew)

Luc Besson

Screenwriter

Luc Besson

Lyrics ("My Lady Blue")

Luc Besson

Story By

Luc Besson

From Story

Sophie Bester

Apprentice Editor

Marcus Biehler

Other

Dominik Borde

Music Recording

Dominik Borde

Sound Mixer Engineer

Fred Bouchaour

Location Manager

Jean-marc Bour

Driver (Submarine Crew)

Blandine Boyer

Wardrobe

Stephane Breton

Apprentice Director

Judith Lyn Brown

Production Manager (New York)

Fanchon Brule

Apprentice Editor

Pierre Calamel

Supervisor

Patrick Camboulive

Stills

Blanche Cardinale

Costumes (Italy)

Jerome Chalou

1st Assistant Director

Irene Champendal

1st Assistant Camera

Nathalie Chéron

Casting Director

Elisabeth Chochoy

Script Supervisor

Myra-lee Cohen

2nd Assistant Camera (New York)

Michel Conche

Props

Michele Constantinides

Makeup Assistant

Bill Conti

Music (Original Usa Version)

Elisabeth Couque

Assistant Editor

Catherine Crassac

Hairdresser

Stefan Czapsky

Chief Electrician (New York)

Alain Henri Darthou

Construction Chief

Jean-louis Darthou

Art Direction 2nd Assistant

Marylene Dastugue

Other

Jonathan Decamp

Production Assistant (New York)

Michel Dechaud

Construction

Victor Denicola

Hairdresser (New York)

Victor Denicola

Hairdresser

Monty Diamond

Executive In Charge Of Production (New York)

Mario Dorio

Grip

Thierry Dormoy

Other

Jean-francois Drigeard

Electrician

Christophe Dural

Electrician

Celmar Engel

Other

Pierre Excoffier

Sound Recording (Live)

Pascale Fernandez

Art Direction 1st Assistant

Flaviana Ferri

Casting (Extras/Italy)

Bertrand Fevre

2nd Assistant Director

Jean-pierre Fevrier

Assistance

Genevieve Feyralade

Makeup Director

William Flageollet

Sound Mixer Engineer

Gilles Floquet

Grip

David Craig Forrest

Makeup (New York)

Barthelemy Fougea

Assistant Unit Manager (Submarine Crew)

Celestia Fox

Casting Director (United Kingdom)

Robert Garland

Screenwriter

Christian Gazio

Chief Carpenter

Stephane Gedigier

Sound Editor

Francois Gentit

2nd Assistant Camera

Avra Georgiou

Decorator Apprentice (Greece)

Jacques-thomas Gerard

Sound Rerecording Engineer

Nicos Giannopoulos

Production Manager (Greece)

Jerome Giroux

Other

Susan Goulder

Property Master (New York)

Bernard Grenet

Production Manager

Xavier Grenet

Other

Patrice Grisolet

Sound Editor

François Groult

Sound Mixer

Guy Guermouth

Other

Marie Guesnier

Sound Library

Magali Guidasci

Costume Designer

Anne Guillard

Apprentice Director

Alain Guille

Special Effects (Plastic)

Richard Guille

Art Direction 2nd Assistant

Thierry Guilmard

Assistant Unit Manager (Submarine Crew)

Quincy Gunderson

Production Assistant (New York)

Dennis Hahn

Chief Grip (New York)

Patrick Halpine

1st Assistant Director

Elisabeth Hickox

Wardrobe (New York)

Didier Hoarau

Unit Manager Apprentice (Submarine Crew)

Michael Jackman

Production Assistant (New York)

Mike Jackman

Production Assistant

Vincent Jeannot

1st Assistant Camera

Dale Pierce Johnson

Unit Manager (New York)

Michel Jullien

Unit Manager Apprentice (Submarine Crew)

Lynn Kamerin

Unit Manager (Italy)

Mary Kelly

Other

Malika Khelfa

Wardrobe

Gerard Lamps

Sound Mixer

Daniel Lamy

Doctor

Georges Latouche

Other

Isabelle Laurenchet

Other

Francois Laurent

Other

Jean-yves Laurent

Production Manager (Peru)

Jean-louis Lebras

Sound Rerecording Assistant

Patrice Ledoux

Producer

Jean-michel Legarrec

Other

Denis Leger

Other

Mimi Lempicka

Wardrobe

John Leonidas

Driver (New York)

Arnaud Lepetit

Other

Alain Levy

Atmosphere Sound

Jerome Levy

Atmosphere Sound

Thomas Levy-loeb

Doctor

Monique Lormoy

Administrative Assistant (Submarine Crew)

Georges Louisos

Unit Manager Apprentice (Greece)

Alba Luzi

Administrative Assistant (Italy)

Jessica Madueno

Unit Manager (Peru)

Gabrielle Mairesse

Press Attache (Submarine Crew)

Benedicte Mallet

Assistant Editor

Annie Marciniak

Sound Editor

Gary Marcus

1st Assistant Director (New York)

Ann F Markel

Assistant Unit Manager (New York)

Isabelle Martin

Music Recording Assistant

Jean-pierre Mas

Chief Grip

Olivier Mauffroy

Editor Supervisor

Marc Maurette

Production Manager

Jacques Mayol

Technical Advisor

Silvia Merino

Assistant Unit Manager (Peru)

Claude Meyer

Construction

Yann Michel

1st Assistant Director

Patrick Millet

Production Manager

Franck Miniconi

Decorator Assistant

Marc Mitrofanoff

Doctor

Jacques Moisant

Assistance

Marion Monestier

Sound Editor

Pascal Moreau

Other

Carol Nast

Set Decorator (New York)

Brigitte Nierhaus

Wardrobe

Pat Orseth

Casting Director (Usa)

Roland Ory

Helicopter Pilot

Jenny Panoutsopoulou

Production Assistant (Greece)

Michael Papadopoulos

Electrician (New York)

Monique Pautas

Other

Cyrille Perron

Other

Christian Petron

Camera Operator (Submarine Crew)

Patricia Pierangeli

Dialogue Coach

Lissa Pillu

Casting

Jacqueline Porel

Post-Synchronization Director

Eliberto Prado

Grip (Peru)

Eugenio Prado

Electrician (Peru)

Giuseppe Punturo

Decorator Assistant (Italy)

Dennis Radesky

Driver (New York)

Gina Randazzo

2nd Assistant Director (New York)

Martine Rapin

Wardrobe

Brenda Ray

Boom Operator (New York)

Jean-claude Reux

Chief Electrician

Mandy Rodriguez

Assistance (Dolphins)

Pascal Rose

Electrician

Bob Rosenthal

Art Direction 1st Assistant

Herve Rotblatt

Athletic Coach

Marcel Rousseau

Other

Coralie Roy

Production Assistant (Submarine Crew)

Patricia Saalburg

Wardrobe

Gilles Samanos

Other

Felix Sauter

Assistant Unit Manager (Submarine Crew)

K C Schulbert

Location Manager (New York)

Cathy Scott

Administrative Assistant (New York)

+ric Serra

Music Arranger

+ric Serra

Music; Music Interpretation

+ric Serra

Song ("My Lady Blue")

Julie Sfez

Property Manager

Valerie Simonin

Unit Manager (Submarine Crew)

Catherine Sine

Other

Nicos Skouras

Decorator Apprentice (Greece)

Larry Steinberg

Grip (New York)

Roberto Tello

Grip (Peru)

Chronis Theocharis

Apprentice Director (Greece)

J Miller Tobin

Location Manager (New York)

Roberto Todeschi

Assistant Unit Manager (Italy)

Abel Toledo

Doctor (Peru)

Michael Trim

Electrician (New York)

Bryan Unger

Grip (New York)

G Bryan Unger

Grip

Dora Valsmaki

Other

Carlo Varini

Dp/Cinematographer

Carlo Varini

Director Of Photography

Giovanni Varini

Electrician

Antoine Vaton

Grip

Eric Vidart-loeb

Unit Manager (Submarine Crew)

Stephane Vinciguerra

Construction

Dan Weil

Production Designer

Victor Zolfo

Set Decorator (New York)

Film Details

Also Known As
Big Blue, Det stora blå, grand bleu
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Cinecam; Eclair Group; Gaumont; Transpalux; Weintraub Entertainment Group
Distribution Company
Samuel Goldwyn Films/Weintraub Entertainment Group (WEG); 20th Century Fox Distribution; Distribution Company; Filmauro Distribuzione; Gaumont International Productions; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video; Samuel Goldwyn Films; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Weintraub Entertainment Group
Location
Peru; Greece; Antibes, France; Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 48m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer August 19, 1988

Re-released in United States July 14, 2000

Re-released in United States July 28, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 23, 1989

Re-released in United States on Video November 1, 1994

Re-released in United States on Video August 15, 2000

Released in United States November 1988

Shown at FestRio in Brazil November 17-26, 1988.

The film, based on the deep-sea diving rivalry between Jacques Mayol and Enzo Majorca, was originally blocked from release in Italy pending the outcome of a lawsuit brought by Majorca. He claimed the film cast his character in a bad light.

For the first US release of the film, distributor Weintraub Entertainment changed the original soundtrack, inserting a music score by Bill Conti, and altered the film's ending against director Luc Besson's wishes.

Film ran in Paris for 171 weeks.

CinemaScope

Re-released (long version) in France 1990.

Re-released (long version) in Stockholm February 1, 1991.

Released in United States Summer August 19, 1988

Re-released in United States July 28, 2000 (director's cut; Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video February 23, 1989

Re-released in United States on Video November 1, 1994

Re-released in United States on Video August 15, 2000

Released in United States November 1988 (Shown at FestRio in Brazil November 17-26, 1988.)

Re-released in United States July 14, 2000 (director's cut; New York City)