The Big Blue



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.

  1. Luc Besson

    Author, Director

  2. Marc Perrier


  3. Jacques Mayol


  4. Marilyn Goldin


  5. Robert Garland


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jean-Marc Barr

    Jean-Marc Barr

    Jacques Mayol

  2. Jean Reno

    Jean Reno

    Enzo Molinari

  3. Rosanna Arquette

    Rosanna Arquette

    Johana Baker

  4. Paul Shenar

    Paul Shenar

    Dr. Laurence

  5. Sergio Castellitto

    Sergio Castellitto


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The Big Blue
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Original Title Le Grand Bleu

Status Released

Release Information

  • May 11, 1988


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language French

Runtime 2h 48m

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