Jacques (Barr) and Enzo (Reno) are friends and rivals in the dangerous world of deep-sea diving. Jacques feels an unusual affinity for the sea and is able to slow his heartrate during dives and stay underwater for superhuman durations. When Jacques meets a ditzy American insurance adjuster (Arquette), a love triangle develops with Jacques torn between his two great loves: a woman, and the ocean. Breathtaking underwater photography and a meditative, fairy-tale story have made this film a cult classic. THE BIG BLUE was heavily cut for its American release, and this Director's Cut (re-released in 2000) restores over forty minutes of footage as well as the original score by composer Eric Serra. The resulting footage has lifted the film's rating to an "R."
Release Date: May 11, 1988 France; July 14, 2000 USA Re-release.