The Making of 'The Abyss'

Synopsis: Vintage interviews with most of the prominent cast and crew members.
10 min


Sixty knots ? No way, Barnes.

The Reds don't have anything that fast.

Checked it twice.

I mean, it's a real unique signature--

no cavitation,

no reactor noise.

It doesn't even sound

like screws.

-[Turns Up Volume]

- [ Hum Resonating ]

What the hell is it ?

I'll tell you what it's not.

It's not one ofours.

Sir, contactchanging



eighty knots.


Still diving.

Depth, 900--

Still diving.

Depth, 900 feet.

Port clearance, 1 50 feet

from the cliffwall, sir.

- It's getting tight in here.

- Yeah ?

We can still give 'em

a haircut.

Helm, come right to 0-6-niner,

down five degrees.

Coming right0-6-niner,

down five degrees, aye.

Port side clearance, 1 20 feet.

Narrowing to 75.

-[Alarm Beeping]

-Sir, we have a proximitywarning light.

It's too damn close.

We gotta back off.


Sir, range to contact, 200.

Contactjustjinked to bearing 2-6-0

and accelerated to--

to 1 30 knots, sir.

Nothin' goes 1 30.

Sir, range to contact,

Eightyyards, sir!

Sixty !

It's turbulence.

We're in its wake.

Helm, all stop.

Full right rudder.

Hydraulics failure.

Planes not responding, sir.

Hydraulics restored, sir.

Oh, my God.

- [ Grunts ]

- [ Man Shouting ]

Collision alarm !

Collision alarm !

Fire control to sonar !

Let's get out ofhere !

- Lighten her up, Charlie !

- Torpedo room is flooded, sir !

Blow all tanks ! Blow all the tanks !

Blow everything !

- All back full !

- Answering. All back full.

Give me a damage report.

What's our depth ?

[HullScraping Sides]

Passing 1 ,400, sir.

Main's forward tanks

are ruptured !

Still descending, sir.

Passing 1 ,500, sir.

Still descending.

We're too deep

to pump auxiliary.

- Passing 1,650. Still descending, sir.

- We're losin' her.

- Passing 1,600, andstill descending.

- Launch the buoy.

- Passing 1,650. Passing 1,700, sir.

- Launching !

[ Man Screaming ]

[ Buoy Beeping ]

[ Man In Helicopter]

Benthic Explorer. Salvor 1 on final.

[Man On Ship] Copyyou, Salvor 1.

This is Benthic Explorer.

You're cleared to land.

Hey. They're coming.

- This, uh, could get pretty ugly.

- Yeah.



Oh, no.

Lookwho's with 'em.


ofthe universe.

[Man OverRadio]

Sonny, howyoudoing ?

I got two more welds

on this bypass valve.

Nolightfrom thesurface.

Howdeepare they ?

- McBride ?

- 1 ,700 feet.

I need them

to go below 2,000.

No problem.

They can do that.

So that's it ?

Youjust cheerfully turn

the whole thing over to the goon squad ?

Look, I was told to cooperate.

I'm cooperating.

Kirkhill, you're pathetic.

Get Brigman on the line.

Deep Core, this is Benthic.

If Bud goes along with this,

they're gonna have to shoot her

with a tranquilizer gun.

- [ Man Over Radio ] Roger.

- Hippy, get me Bud.

Catfish. Get them old buns

up here and give me a hand.

Hangon. I'llbe

up there inasecond.

You guys are milkin'


It's 'cause we love freezin'

our butts offout here foryou so much.


- Hey, Bud !

- Yeah ?

Hippy's on the b*tch box.

It's a call from Topside.

Benthic company man.

- Kirkhill ?

- Yeah.

That guy don't know his butt

from a rat hole.

Harry, do me a favor.

Square away this mud hose.

Get rid ofthese empty sacks. This place

is startin' to look like my apartment.

You got it, boss.

[Man On P.A.]

Bud, pick up the topside line, urgent.

I'm comin'. I'm comin'.

Geez, keepyour panty hose on.

[Phone Buzzing]

Brigman here.

Yeah, Kirkhill,

what's goin' on ?

Yeah, I'm calm.

I'm a calm person.

Is there some reason

why I shouldn't be calm ?

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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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