Black Sea

Synopsis: In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.
Director(s): Kevin Macdonald
Production: Focus Features
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

And we want you to know

that this has nothing,

nothing at all,

to do with your performance,

which is exemplary, by the way.

Look, the business has changed.

Marine salvage has changed.

We don't need

a submarine pilot anymore.

We don't even need a sub.

Now, you've never been on contract,

so redundancy,

well, that's out of the question.

But I spoke to Bob Toris personally

and he has insisted

that Agora make sure

that there's something for you.

And I'm pleased to say

that we can offer you

a settlement of 8,640.

I mean, have you got a pension?

Like a private pension?

I've been with Agora for 11 years.

I've been working

on submarines for nearly 30.

I lost my family to this job.

They... They'd like you

to clear your desk.


And before your last job,

you were in the navy for 15 years?


Why did you leave?

I disagreed with someone.


Yeah. That's some kind

of f***-sh*t, all right.

Kurston, you okay?


You look rough.

Yeah, no, I'm...

They've put me on these tablets.


Said... they'll balance me out.

You all right drinking, then?

It helps.

I can't believe

those bastards fired you.

I can't believe it.

It's a joke.

I mean, when they fired Kurston, okay,

he fat useless f***.

No offense, man. No offense.

Yeah, yeah, suck my arse.

But fire man like you, f***-sh*t.

They want me to flip burgers.


When I was young,

all I think about was sex.

Now I think only money.

You're dog sh*t in this wonderful world

without money, my friends.

I saw Martin yesterday. My boy.

He's 12 now.

Saw him across the road, like.

Posh school. Nice house.

My own son being brought up by some

rich f*** I've never even met.

How's Chrissy? How she look?

Good. She looks good.

We don't have to take this sh*t.

We don't have to take this sh*t.

What the f*** you talk about?

I think I know a way

to... not be like this.

I know a way to get money.

Their f***ing money.

But I can't do it, see.

I've not got the skill.

It needs you, Robinson.

It needs a man like you.

You could do it.

Just before Agora fired me last year,

I went out with them to the Black Sea.

We found something.

You're late. And you look like sh*t.

Where the f*** is Kurston?

He called me this morning.

He's not coming.

What do you mean, he's not coming?

He's sick.

He's sick?

God damn it. Well,

he'd better have cancer.

All right, listen to me.

Do exactly as I say.

Nod, be nice, don't be a f***ing idiot.

Don't elaborate unless he asks.

Don't say anything

that you don't have to, okay?

Don't ask him his name.

And please, please, whatever you do,

do not ask him how much

he's going to invest in this.

Sir, this is Robinson,

the man I told you about.

What's your name and how much

are you going to invest in this?

So, in 1941,

Nazi Germany came close

to total financial collapse.

At that time, the Soviets were neutral,

but Stalin was terrified

that Germany was going to invade,

so Hitler used this and demanded

a loan from Russia.

80 million reichsmark in gold.

Now, nobody knows what happens next

because weeks later,

Hitler broke the nonaggression

pact and invaded Russia.

Four years of war, 20 million dead.

But in the '50s there's rumors

that started to circulate

in the highest ranks of the Politburo

that Stalin had complied

with the request,

that Hitler had sent a U-boat,

Stalin had stuffed it with two tons

of gold and sent it on its way.

But the gold never arrived,

and Hitler invaded.

- So...

- So everybody forgets about it.

But in the '80s,

an oceanic research institute

found a series of shallow

ridges off the Georgian coast.

I worked for a company

called Agora Marine Management.

They search for and salvage wrecks.

They found a U-boat

on one of these ridges,

just 90 meters from the surface.

That's reachable.

Mr. Lewis, they think it's the one.

In 2008 they took this information

to the Georgian government

and they offered them a deal.

The Georgians agreed.


And a month later, there was

the Russian-Georgian conflict.

Borders shifted, and the ownership

of those waters

has been in dispute ever since.

The Russians don't even

know the sub's there,

the Georgians know,

but not its exact location,

and Agora can't go in

till the dispute's settled.

I mean, they're tied up in paperwork

and f***ing politics.

Meanwhile that submarine

is just sitting on the seabed,

full of gold.

What is it you want from me?

I need a submarine.

Blackie here has contacts

in Sevastopol, but it will cost.


And men. I need men.

Half British, half Russian.

It's a Russian sub,

so they'll need Russians.

I'll take 40% of anything

up to $40 million,

20% of anything above that.



Kurston, it went well.

Give me a call back.

So how many men do we need?

It's a Foxtrot-class sub.

You want boat move,

need 12 men minimum.

Okay, well, we've got

the two of us, Kurston.

Then Reynolds.

And Peters.

Served with them both in the navy.

And Russians?

What about Yerzov on electrics, then?

He's a good man.

Big drunk. No, no.

Take Levchenko instead.


Zaytsev on engines

and Baba on sonar.

Best ears in Russian navy.

For charts, Morozov.

This is Daniels.

How do we get into U-boat?

Use remote-controlled submersible?

- No.

- No?

The Black Sea fleet's upstairs.

We do it with divers.

Convert the escape compartment

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Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly (born November 16, 1970) is a British writer for film, television and theatre. He co-wrote BBC Three's sitcom Pulling with actress Sharon Horgan, Matilda the Musical with comedian Tim Minchin, and the Channel 4 conspiracy thriller Utopia. more…

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