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The Abyss

Director: James Cameron Run Time: 139 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG13 Release Year: 1989

Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Todd Graff

In THE ABYSS, a diving team’s investigation of a crashed nuclear submarine brings the discovery of an aquatic alien species to the surface. A 35mm presentation!

Winner of the 1990 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (rightfully so as the special effects are gorgeously engrossing), James Cameron’s The Abyss is a gripping, claustrophobic thriller. It begins with a mysterious nuclear submarine crash that brings in a crew of Navy Seals to uncover what caused the accident. Turns out, it was an alien craft deep beneath the sea. So they enter into the abyss (a extremely deep water canyon) encountering not only a formidable new species but the increasingly erratic actions of each other.

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