6 thoughts on “203 – Dead Calm

  1. Hey Angry & Gidgit! Well done once again: I really like DEAD CALM, in fact got it on DVD in a sale last year…only to find out the picture quality was on the level of VHS and has no idea it was on Blu-ray. When the film came out, critics though it was a strong piece of work aside from the ending; it’s a bit over-the-top and ridiculous, especially considering everything was so tightly constructed before. And I actually do think Warner Bros. had a case here! Billy Zane may be a stud muffin, but he’s also menacing as hell, equally outacting his co-stars…but admittedly I saw this movie in the first place just to see Kidman naked, particularly after falling in love with her in FAR AND AWAY. (Expect more comments soon!) Also, I love Debra Winger too Gisgit and truth is she developed a reputation that she was difficult to work with and even confirmed that with director Willard Huyck in an interview…and he claimed that while Debra had her issues, he still recommended her to John Travolta for URBAN COWBOY after they did the little-seen FRENCH POSTACARDS (1979).

  2. Hey Stone – Gidgit here. Totally agree with all you have said. Thank you for that awesome feedback. I know we follow each other on Twitter and thanks for taking the time to comment. Did make me laugh ‘I saw it to see Nicole naked’ – hahaha! I’m slowly getting through all of your awesome feedback and trust me Angry and I appreciate it all.
    Thanks again Stone x

  3. Hi guys!!! I just discovered your podcast today and listened to your DEAD CALM review. I love the film, it is one of the most underrated thrillers of the 80’s. It misses masterpiece level for me because of obviously tacked on Hollywood ending but up until that point it is a tense, beautifully acted thriller!!! Great podcast!!!

  4. HI Guys!!!

    I just discovered your podcast yesterday and the first review I listened to was DEAD CALM. I actually have it on DVD and watched it again after listening to your podcast.I think that it is a very solid thriller that never really found a wider audience. It is a very tense and well acted film by all 3 leads, especially Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane!!! The one huge complaint I’ve always had was the tacked on, Hollywood ending that belongs in another film. The perfect last shot would have been the side of the yacht with the bloody hand prints and the hanging rope. The ambiguous ending would have been perfect!!!

  5. Thanks Ed for your feedback – Gidgit here! I agree it is a very underrated thriller movie and great performances. I totally agree with what you say. Thank you for commenting on our podcast. We really appreciate it. I’m trying to get through all the feedback and makes me happy reading all of it – even if we have made a mistake!
    Thanks Ed xx

  6. I have just discovered your podcast. Just watched this movie last week , captivating thriller and wonderful ensemble. Thank you so much for extra trivia which you provided. Do you have behind the scenes or Nicole Kidman’s interview for this movie?

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