The Deep Blue Sea

March 23rd 2012
  • Drama/Romance,
  • R,
  • 98 min,
  • Music Box Films
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Karl Johnson, Barbara Jefford, Ann Mitchell, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sarah Kants, Jolyon Coy
  • Director: Terence Davies
  • Writers: Terence Davies, Terence Rattigan
  • Producers: Sean O'Connor, Kate Ogborn
  • Executive Producers: Katherine Butler, Lisa Marie Russo
  • Art Direction: David Hindle
  • Casting: Jane Arnell
  • Costume Design: Ruth Myers
  • D.O.P.: Florian Hoffmeister
  • Editor: David Charap
  • Makeup: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou
  • Music: Samuel Barber
  • Production Design: James Merifield


Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), a forty-year old woman, has left a privileged life with her husband, Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) in order to live with a young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston).

But Hester and Freddie's relationship is characterized by drunken rows; though their love-life is passionate- they have little in common. When Freddie forgets her birthday, Hester attempts to kill herself. As a result, Hester's husband re- enters her life and offers her a second chance with him, which Hester refuses.

Shaken by her suicide attempt, Freddie tells Hester the relationship is over. Heartbroken, Hester considers suicide again at a tube station, but changes her mind. Back at her apartment, the other tenants tell her that nobody is worth dying for.

Hester finds Freddie at home, but he will leave the next day. This time, Hester doesn't ask him to stay. She now recognizes that the relationship is over. Freddie leaves and Hester decides to face her uncertain future alone.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Scene of sexuality and nudity
  • Production Budget: £2.5 million
  • Production Companies: Camberwell / Fly Films, Film4, UK Film Council, Lipsync Productions, Protagonist Pictures, Fulcrum Media Services, Artificial Eye
  • Production Schedule: 17 November 2010 - 21 December 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Acclaimed British filmmaker Davies tackles late scribe Terence Rattigan's infamous 1952 play about a judge's middle-aged trophy wife who reaches her sexual awakening while engaging in an affair with a traumatised alcoholic young war pilot.

Back in the "pre-women's lib" time of its original staging this was quite groundbreaking, these days it seems almost chaste. Yet a stellar trio in the main roles - Rachel Weisz, stage legend Simon Russell Beale, and promising young "Thor" and "Wallander" actor Tom Hiddleston - and all executed with Davies' trademark efficiency means we could have a real treat.

Reviews from the film's recent UK release were strong but not stellar, saying that Davies makes the single set play more expansive yet comes off a little aloof and cold for a story about discovering one's passion within."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 25 November 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 12 April 2012: Australia
  • 13 April 2012: Sweden
  • 19 April 2012: Netherlands
  • 20 June 2012: Belgium, France