The Abyss

The Abyss was released on 9 August 1989. An American science fiction film.


The film earned a box office total of $90 million on a budget of $47 million. James Cameron, also known for Terminator and Aliens, directed this visual classic.

The Movie

The plot revolves around a U.S. Navy submarine that comes into close proximity to an underwater alien craft, loses power, and crashes against deep-sea rock formations and sinks.

The crew of a nearby new generation oil rig is recruited to help salvage the sub. However, things go wrong when one of the navy officers suffers a mental breakdown. In the process he causes havoc.

With a storm raging on the surface the underwater rig is violently disconnected, after being dragged to the edge of the abyss. The crew makes contact with the aliens and Lt Coffey (Michael Biehn) feels threatened by them. He prepares a nuclear warhead which he salvaged earlier on from the sunken submarine.

A scuffle takes place between the crew and the Navy Seals, and Lt Coffey manages to escape with the warhead. The rig foreman, Virgil (Ed Harris) goes in pursuit. A “submarine chase’ takes place and Lt Coffey is doomed to the deep ocean, but the bomb is also lost into the abyss.

Virgil takes it upon himself to find the weapon and disarm it to prevent a confrontation with the aliens. He suits up with the Navy’s new deepwater diving suit with liquid air. He finds the bomb and disarms it, but does not have enough air to return to the surface. The aliens find Virgil lying next to the disarmed bomb and takes him to their city, where they create an oxygen bubble for him to breathe in.

The aliens launch their city to the surface and rescue everybody. Revealing themselves to the world.


The Abyss is visually pleasant and the sci-fi is enjoyable. The movie has some very tense moments, as any movie deep under the sea can be. Ed Harris was superb. Once again he proved to be a very underrated actor.

The Cast

  • Ed Harris as Virgil “Bud” Brigman
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Dr. Lindsey Brigman
  • Michael Biehn as US Navy SEAL Lieutenant Hiram Coffey
  • Leo Burmester as Catfish De Vries
  • Todd Graff as Alan “Hippy” Carnes
  • John Bedford Lloyd as Jammer Willis
  • J.C. Quinn as Arliss “Sonny” Dawson
  • Kimberly Scott as Lisa
  • Pierce Oliver “Kidd” Brewer Jr. as Lew Finler
  • George Robert Klek as Wilhite
  • Christopher Murphy as Schoenick
  • Adam Nelson as Ensign Monk
  • Chris Elliott as Bendix
  • Richard Warlock as Dwight Perry
  • Jimmie Ray Weeks as Leland McBride
  • J. Kenneth Campbell as DeMarco
  • William Wisher, Jr. as Bill Tyler
  • Ken Jenkins as Gerard Kirkhill

The Movie Trailer


The Abyss – Wikipedia