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The Abyss is a 1989 science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron. It stars Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. The original musical score was composed by Alan Silvestri. It was released on August 9, 1989 in the United States.

Underwater scenes were filmed in the containment building of Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant an unfinished nuclear power plant near Gaffney, South Carolina, in the United States. It took seven million gallons (26.5 million liters) of water to fill the tank to a depth of 40 feet (12 m), making it the largest underwater set ever. The depth and length of time spent underwater meant that the cast and crew sometimes had to go through decompression. Filming was also done at the largest underground lake in the world—a mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri, which was the background for several underwater shots. B movie maker Earl Owensby of Shelby, NC, provided facilities for set and production.

The official novelization of the same title was written by Orson Scott Card. As it was written concurrently with filming, Card's insight into the characters was often added to the script and to the actors' portrayals.

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review by . October 02, 2010
Deeper than Pandora, better too
What was your first impression?      The very first time I saw this movie I thought it was great until the end.  Then it fell kind of flat.  But then came the *Special Edition* which is 25 minutes longer and has a completely different ending. Plot summary?      A US nuclear sub is lost in very deep water under unusual circumstances.  Unfortunately a hurricane is coming into the area and a stop gap method is used to attempt a rescue.  …
review by . December 19, 2008
"The Abyss" is the most thought-provoking, imaginative, and beautiful science fiction film that I've ever seen. Master filmmaker and craftsman James Cameron brings us another thoughtful sci-fi epic behind "The Terminator" (1984) and "Aliens" (1986), two films that played brilliantly with Cold War-era paranoia and here, he brings us something that could possibly be the director's most introspective piece.    The film begins with the sinking of an American nuclear submarine that …
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