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A selection of movies undersea -- Quick hits on ''The Abyss,'' The Big Blue,'' and more

A selection of movies undersea

Hollywood has long been fascinated by the undersea world. Here are some of its most buoyant movies:

The Abyss 1989
In James Cameron's ultra-tech adventure, Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio encounter some aquatic E.T.s. The $40 million-plus budget shows, but the ending is silly. B

The Big Blue 1988
Luc Besson's exquisitely filmed ode to free diving is stymied by a silly script: Rosanna Arquette has to vie with a dolphin for the affections of Jean-Marc Barr. B-

The Incredible Mr. Limpet
Don Knotts mutates into a cartoon trout, has fishy sex, and saves the Allied navy from Nazi U-boats. B+

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954
James Mason's tormented Captain Nemo is unforgettable in this riveting Jules Verne saga. A

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints