The Big Blue script
The Big Blue (1998)
Synopsis: Director Luc Besson is famous for his imaginative visual technique and breathtaking action sequences. One of the most stunningly beautiful films ever made, "The Big Blue" features gorgeous underwater photography and spectacular location shooting in the French Antibes, the Greek islands, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily. But it is the emotional intensity of the film experience and mystical themes of the story that have made it a cult phenomenon.

FADE IN:

EXT. GREEK ISLAND - SUNSET

CREDIT SEQUENCE:

The image is in black and white.

The sun disappears behind arid cliffs which cast giant

shadows on the sea.

A little boy around 8 years old -- tanned from head to toe

SPRINTS ALONG THE CLIFFS, SCRAMBLES FROM ONE ROCK TO

another with amazing agility.

In one hand, he carries a transparent plastic bag. In the

other, a net bag containing flippers, mask, pants and

sweater.

The only thing that slows him down is his bathing suit --

obvious hand-me-downs -- way too big. He tugs on them as

he goes, holding them up... Until they slide again... as

he leaps again... and pulls them up...

The little boy is JACQUES MAYOL.

End credits.

EXT. GREEK ISLAND - SUNSET

JACQUES reaches a ledge jutting out over a deserted cove.

He spits in his mask... expertly spreads the spit with a

finger... locks his feet into the flippers... and dives.

He surfaces a long way out... adjusts his mask... and swims

away from shore.

IN OPEN SEA:

The boy stops swimming -- starts to gulp air -- sucks it

in -- oxygenating his blood in a series of deep rapid

breaths -- almost hyperventilating, almost alarming if

we've never seen this before.

His gaze is glued to the ocean floor. Clear clear water.

40 feet deep. And intensely blue.

Suddenly, he catches his breath and dives -- into the blue.

UNDERWATER:

JACQUES touches bottom. Clamps his legs around a rock to

hold himself down. Unhurried, thoroughly at home, 40 feet

under... he opens the plastic bag. A huge speckled moray

eel appears in a hole in the rock, slithers toward him.

The carnivore's jaws are bigger than the boy's head.

The boy smiles at him. Pulls a piece of raw meat out of

his bag and holds it out. The eel takes the morsel

delicately -- and slithers back into his hole.

Gravely, JACQUES takes another morsel out of the bag.

EXT. VILLAGE - DUSK

JACQUES walks up a steep road bordering the port, almost

dry now.

Two boys about his age run up the streets; call out, catch

up with him and gesture toward the port.

THE BOYS:

Jacques! Come quick!

EXT. PIER - DUSK

The little boys tug JACQUES to the end of the pier and

point to something in the water.

BOYS:

Look! Right there! It's shining!

JACQUES walks over, and sure enough sees something shining

a few feet down in the water.

JACQUES:

(squinting)

A coin.

FIRST BOY:

I found it.

SECOND BOY:

Liar!

Camera pans and we see a middle-aged PRIEST loading supplies

into a small boat. He stops to watch the children's

negotiations. Little JACQUES is putting his flippers on.

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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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