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

Jacques, come quick!

- It's shining!

- Quick, Jacques! It's shining in the harbor!


There! You see it, Jacques?

(Jacques) It's a coin.

- It's mine! I saw it first!

- No, you liar!

- Liar! Liar!

- We'll see who's lying!

OK, I'll get it, but no fighting. All right?

- We'll split it.

- You can't split a coin. It's stupid.

- It's mine! I saw it!

- He's right! You're stupid!

Then we'll buy something and split that.

- OK?

- OK.

- OK?

- OK.

- Can you stop pointing? I've seen it.

- I've seen it, too.

Well, if it isn't the little Frenchman!

How is the little Frenchman?


You don't mind if I go instead, do you?


If you did mind, you'd tell me, no?



Roberto, mio palmo!

(boy takes deep breaths)


(takes huge breath)

One! Two!



Five! Six!

Bravo, Enzo! Bravo, Enzo!

Viva Italia! Bravo, Enzo!

Whose is it now?

You saw it, but I dove for it.

- Roberto, how long?

- Six!

I throw it back into the water.

You dive, and if you do less than six,...'s yours.


Enzo, Enzo, I saw the coin first. We split?

We can't split a coin, stupido!


Is it... a coin shining there?

It is. It's a coin.

I'll get it for you, Father.

It will be for the poor.






Time to get up, Jacques.

(bell chimes)



(father) Jacques!

You shouldn't dive every day, Papa.

Then you shouldn't eat every day, Jacques.

Don't worry. When I am tired,...

..the mermaids help me out.

Hey, have you ever seen a mermaid?


I've seen them.

Don't you want to know where?

Why don't you ask me?

- What?

- Where I saw mermaids.

Why don't you ever ask any questions?

I always ask the questions.

Here we are, like two stones,

and now I'm talking to myself.

Ask me something, goddamn it!

Why did my mother leave?


Your mother didn't leave.

She went back to America, that's all.

It's her home.

Women are like that.


Like the sea.


(muffled shouts)

Jacques! The water! Water!

Help! I can't breathe!



Daddy? Daddy!

Daddy! Daddy!

Daddy! Daddy!


(frantically) Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!

Wait! Stay here, Jacques!


Daddy! Daddy!


Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!


Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!

- Jacques!

- Daddy! Daddy!


Daddy! Daddy!

Daddy... Daddy...


Aiuto! Aiuto!


Roberto, mio palmo.

Mr. Molinari?

Yes! How did it happen?

Well, uh... the company asked me to

extract everything I could from the wreck.

And so the... the divers

were trying to get at the engine...

..and the boat just turned over in the current!

Look, I... I f***ed up!


Can you help?

How many are down there?

There's just one. We're feeding him lots of air

but... he's not breathing properly.

You've gotta get him outta there, fast!

Ten thousand.



(laughs in disbelief)

Hey, wait a minute!

You guys aren't gonna try to

hold me up at a time like this?!

OK, you tell me.

How much would you say

a man's life is worth?

In my village we have a saying.

How does it go again?

I don't remember.

- What's that supposed to mean?

- Forget it.



Since we have a little time,

you write that cheque?

How much longer can he do that?

My brother... a world champion.


(men) Bravo!

(men) Bravo!

Bravo! Bravo!

Thanks! Bravo!


Wait! Wait a minute!

Wait a minute! Wait! Hey!

Hey, thanks, you guys.

Really. I mean it.

You're welcome.

(ecstatic laughter)

Forza Italia! Ten thousand dollars, Roberto!

Una barca disoldi!

(sounds airhorn)

(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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