Deep Water

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Released 2006

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Director:
Louise Osmond
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG
Deep Water is a 2006 historical documentary directed by Louise Osmond and produced by Jonny Persey. This film tells the historical and psychological story of one of the nine competitors in the first solo non-stop yacht race around the world. The contest was held in 1968 and attracted a field of nine competitors. The competitor featured in this documentary is Donald Crowhurst. At the time of the competition, Crowhurst was a 36-year-old father of four who owned a struggling maritime electronics business. Despite his nautical inexperience, Crowhurst entered the contest because of the cash prize. To increase his odds of winning and despite the fact he could not afford it Crowhurst purchased a trimarin, the quickest boat available at the time. He set sail in the trimarin on October 31, 1968. The directors use Crowhurst original 16mm films, tape recordings and interviews with family and friends to reconstruct his treacherous nine month journey on the sea.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Disturbing, unnerving and wire-to-wire involving, Deep Water is the story of a dream that got so wildly out of hand that it ensnared the dreamer in an intricate trap of his own dev...

  • 80

    The New York Times

    Again and again you want to shout at the screen: "Turn back. All will be forgiven." This tale of risk, though, ends not with man conquering nature but in calamitous failure.

  • 70

    Variety Deborah Young

    As it explores the limits of human endurance, the pic should suck even landlubbers into a whirlpool of gripping adventure, overblown ambitions and sheer human folly.

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    Documentary, Sports

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    Boating & Sailing, Water Sports