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Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

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James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.


James Cameron
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Self
John Broadwater John Broadwater ... Self (as Dr. John Broadwater)
Lori Johnston Lori Johnston ... Self (as Dr. Lori Johnston)
Charles Pellegrino Charles Pellegrino ... Self (as Dr. Charles Pellegrino)
Don Lynch Don Lynch ... Self / Thomas Andrews
Ken Marschall Ken Marschall ... Self / J. Bruce Ismay
James Cameron ... Self
Mike Cameron ... Self
Jeffrey N. Ledda Jeffrey N. Ledda ... Self
Corey Jaskolski Corey Jaskolski ... Self
Jason Paul Jason Paul ... Self
Eric Schmitz Eric Schmitz ... Self
Genya Chernaiev Genya Chernaiev ... Self
Victor Nischeta Victor Nischeta ... Self
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch Anatoly M. Sagalevitch ... Self (as Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch)


Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration, the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend, Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreck, inside and out, as never before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of the crew right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D Theatres and specially outfitted 35mm 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 90 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel, more than any shipwreck, continues to intrigue... Written by Anonymous

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The legend no one can forget has become the greatest 3D adventure ever filmed.


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Did You Know?


In 2003 when IMAX was still mostly a speciality format, and not as prevalent as it is today, many IMAX venues offered double bills to attract customers with added value. Ghosts of the Abyss was largely paired with the IMAX version of The Matrix Revolutions (2003). See more »


The fourth funnel is shown falling backwards when the ship breaks in two in the sinking simulation. It would do no such thing. It would fall forward like the other funnels. This is also seen in the "final plunge" montage with the photographs of the passengers who perished in the disaster superimposed in front of the footage of the ship sinking from the movie Titanic. See more »


Bill Paxton: The crucial thing about deep-sea photography is lighting.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version was shortened down to 43 minutes running time so that it will fit into the standard screening schedule of the local IMAX theaters, i.e. an IMAX film must not run longer than 45 minutes so that it is possible to start a screening every hour. See more »


Referenced in Talking Dead: Hostiles and Calamities (2017) See more »


Underwater Waltz
Written and Performed by Anatoly M. Sagalevitch (as Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch)
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Decent, but not the quality I'd expected from Cameron
6 February 2005 | by melbad1See all my reviews

I didn't get the chance to catch this in 3D/IMAX, so I can't praise or condemn it from that standpoint. But I did catch the DVD, and the regular theatrical version was bested by the extended version (both on the DVD). The theatrical version has a very annoying multiple-screen, compressed-presentation that is not presented in the extended version. Now the multiple images may have played well in IMAX (but I doubt it), but on a TV (even a big one), it's cluttered and frustrating to watch. Thus, the extended version is more "watchable." That said, the extended version also adds a bit more substance to the piece, although I must admit that I have no idea why Cameron made this film. It doesn't really bring anything new to the game, nor does it seem to have any flow or direction. And yes, Cameron does once again present himself as the pretentious jerk we've all heard he is (one moment is how he refers to piloting the robots as being just like flying a helicopter--no doubt we're impressed he knows how to fly a whirlybird). But only Cameron could get a film like Titanic, or this documentary, made in the first place.

Wouldn't it have been funny to see Cameron and Robert Ballard both on this project? Talk about egos clashing, that would have been great!!

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Release Date:

10 September 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Titanic szellemei See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,408,474, 13 April 2003

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Technical Specs


(Blu-ray extended special edition)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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