The Big Blue

Synopsis: Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving. One day Jacques' father, who was a diver too, died in the Mediterranean sea. After that incident Enzo and Jacques lost contact. After several years, Enzo and Jacques had grown up, Johanna, a young clerk in an insurance office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques who is being studied by a group of scientists. He dives for some minutes into ice-cold water and the scientists monitor his physical state that is more like a dolphin than human. Johanna can not believe what she sees and gets very interested in Jacques but she's unable to get acquainted with him. Some weeks later back in her office, she finds out that Jacques will be competing in a diving championship that takes place in Taormina, Sicily. In order to see Jacques again she m
Director(s): Luc Besson
Production: 20th Century-Fox
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
168 min

(both laugh deliriously)


What are you gonna do with the money?

Have the car painted.

But Giuseppe will do that for 25 dollars.

Then tell him to wax it, too.

Enzo, really, what are you gonna get?

A rosary for Mamma.

A dress for Angelica.

Get yourself a suit that fits.

But most important...


Find me the Frenchman.

Find me Jacques Mayol.

El proximo paradero... es bien

el Lago del... Demonio?

El... elLago del... Demonio?

(speaks in Quechua)




A-Are you Dr Laurence?

No. I'm the assistant.

Welcome to Peru.

Thank you.


A drink to warm up?

Yes, please.

- Tea or whiskey?

- Both.

Did... Did I just see a man

in a red suit and goggles?


The insurance person is here.

It's about time.

Johana Baker.

Nice trip, huh?

Thank you.

It's three weeks since the accident.

We're getting a little anxious.

Franck, get out there. He's ready to go in.


(Franck) First dive, two minutes.


Who is that?

Mayol. Jacques Mayol.

So those are your experiments?

Dumping a guy in a frozen lake?

The truck fell into a very deep crevasse.

We weren't able to rescue the equipment.

I'll have to talk to the driver.

In the spring, when he melts.

You really send him under the ice?

He isn't a slave or a convict

or anything, is he?

My dear, science is a cruel mistress.

- How is he gonna breathe?

- He isn't.



That's the sound of his heart.

Can you hear the speed

at which it's slowing down?

It's incredible!

He's in the fluoroscope now.

(slow bleeps)

Listen to his heartbeat!

I can't believe that!

All the blood is concentrated in his brain.

It doesn't even feed his limbs any more.

That's a phenomenon that's only

been observed in whales and dolphins.

Until now.

(slow heartbeat)

(heartbeat speeds up)

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Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway, The Big Blue, and Nikita. more…

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