The Abyss script
The Abyss (1989)
Synopsis: Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth.

INT. CONTROL RM/ATTACK CENTER 9

Everyone is hurled off his feet. The planesman flights to recover control of

the yoke.

CAPTAIN:

Collision alarm! Collision alarm! Lighten

her up, Charlie!

NAVIGATOR:

The torpedo room is flooded, sir!

CAPTAIN:

Blow all tanks! Blow everything!

HELMSMAN:

Passing twelve hundred feet...

EXEC:

Blowing main tanks!

HELMSMAN:

Twelve hundred fifty feet...

EXT. MONTANA10

The great sub is being hauled down by the mass of its flooded bow section,

its flanks rushing past us like a freight train headed for Hell.

INT. MONTANA CONTROL ROOM 11

The command crew fights futility for control, everyone shouting and terrified.

EXEC:

Main forward tanks ruptured!

HELMSMAN:

Passing thirteen hundred feet...

EXEC:

Too deep to pump auxiliaries!

CAPTAIN:

All back full! All back full!

HELMSMAN:

Answering all back full. Passing thirteen hundred

fifty feet... fourteen hundred... fourteen

fifty...

The Captain locks eyes with the Exec amid the din...

CAPTAIN:

We're losing her. Launch the buoy!

The Exec opens the door to a small box and punches a button. A red light

comes on. The Captains takes a deep breath.

EXT. MONTANA12

A tiny transmitter is ejected from the sub's hell and begins its long ascent

to the surface. A second later the sub slams down like a piledriver onto a

ledge, tearing open its pressure hull.

INT. MONTANA13

VARIOUS QUICK CUTS, just flashes and impressions, as...

Seawater blasts down the corridors --

Explodes across the control room, hurling men like dolls --

Floods the cavernous missile bay in seconds --

Bursts through hatches into the reactor room --

Blasts men OUT OF FRAME in a micro-second.

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James Cameron

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. more…

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