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Le Grand Bleu


11 May 1988

2 hr 48 min

Adventure, Drama, Romance

Danger...Like Passion...Runs Deep
Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who died at sea when Jacques was a boy; to the bewilderment of scientists, Jacques harbors a remarkable ability to adjust his heart rate and breathing pattern in the water, so that his vital signs more closely resemble that of dolphins than men (he even considers a school of dolphins as his extended family). As Enzo persuades a reluctant Jacques to compete against him in a free diving contest -- determining who can dive deeper and longer without scuba gear -- Jacques meets Johana (Rosanna Arquette), a beautiful insurance investigator from America, and he finds that he must choose between his love for her and his love of the sea.


Status: Released
Also known as: The Big Blue
Countries: France, Italy, USA
Languages: English, French, Italian
Awards: 3 wins & 6 nominations.
Budget: $14M


Luc Besson


Patrice Ledoux (Producer)
Luc Besson (Producer)


(Story · Screenplay)

Production Companies



Jean-Marc Barr (as Jacques Mayol)
Jean Reno (as Enzo Molinari)
Rosanna Arquette (as Johana Baker)
Paul Shenar (as Dr. Laurence)
Sergio Castellitto (as Novelli)
Griffin Dunne (as Duffy)
Valentina Vargas (as Bonita)
Kimberly Beck (as Sally)
Patrick Fontana (as Alfredo)
Alessandra Vazzoler (as La Mamma)
Paul Herman (as Taxi Driver in U.S.A)
Geoffrey Carey (as Supervisor)
Jan Rouiller (as Noireuter)
Pierre Semmler (as Franck)
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues (as Superintendent)
Jean Bouise (as Uncle Louis)
Marc Duret (as Roberto)
Andréas Voutsinas (as Priest)
Bruce Guerre-Berthelot (as Young Jacques)
Gregory Forstner (as Young Enzo)
Claude Besson (as Jacques Father)
Eric Do (as Japanese Diver)



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