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The Deep Blue Sea

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In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"Grade: A! Passion defies reason in The Deep Blue Sea."

Lisa Schwarzbaum

Entertaiment Weekly

“Haunting and hypnotic...Rachel Weisz is incandescent”

Peter Travers

Rolling Stone

“A sublime evocation of amour fou.”

Graham Fuller

Film Comment

“A somber and powerful movie.”

David Denby

The New Yorker

Winner! New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 - Best Actress, Rachel Weisz

Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012 Nominee - Best Actress, Rachel Weisz

London Critics Film Circle Awards 2012 ALFS Award Nominee - British Actress of the Year, Rachel Weisz

London Critics Film Circle Awards 2012 ALFS Award Nominee - Supporting Actor of the Year, Simon Russel Beale

BFI London Film Festival 2011 Nominee - Best Film

BFI London Film Festival 2011 - Closing Night Selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection

San Sebastián Internation Film Festival 2011 Golden Seashell Award Nominee - Best Film

Cast & Crew
  • Hester Collyer : Rachel Weisz
  • Freddie Page : Tom Hiddleston
  • Sir William Collyer : Simon Russell Beale
  • Mrs. Elton : Ann Mitchell
  • Philip Welch : Jolyon Coy
  • Mr. Miller : Karl Johnson
  • Director : Terence Davies
  • Writer : Terence Davies (screenplay), Terence Rattigan (play)
  • Executive Producer : Katherine Butler
  • Producer : Sean O'Connor, Kate Ogborn
  • Editor : David Charap
  • Casting : Jane Arnell
  • Art Director : David Hindle
  • Costume : Ruth Myers
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2011
  • Release Date : July 23, 2012
  • Countries of Production : UK
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 98 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R For A Scene of Sexuality and Nudity
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Collector’s Booklet

Audio Commentary

Interviews with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston

Terrence Davies’ Master Class

Realizing the Director’s Vision