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John's radio shorts before Rae has a chance to tell him that she loves him. Unable to make further contact with him, Rae breaks down and cries. Hughie comes down to see Rae sobbing, and heads over to soothe her. Rae formulates a plan to seduce Hughie and gain his trust long enough for her to get to the shotgun on deck. She and Hughie start to make out and undress on the floor. Rae stalls for time by telling him that she has to go to the bathroom.

She runs on deck to assemble the shotgun, but Ben the dog follows her. Before she has a chance to load the gun, the dog starts barking causing Hughie to go investigate. In a panic, Rae leaves the gun behind and takes cigarettes down with her as an excuse for being on deck. She eases his suspicion by kissing him and taking him to the bedroom where she undresses.

The dog walks in to find Rae and Hughie having passionate sex and leaves them alone. Later, Rae fixes some lemonade, and places a heavy dose of her prescription sedatives into Hughie's drink after noticing the bottle on the counter. Claiming to go get dressed, Rae heads back for the shotgun, and is discovered soon after. As a fierce storm approaches, Rae and Hughie come to blows.

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Hughie takes hold of the shotgun, but the effects of the sedative cause him to aim poorly and shoot the radio by mistake. Rae eventually takes hold of a harpoon gun and locks herself in the bedroom. As the door opens she fires off a harpoon. Seeing blood she pushes it open, only to discover she killed her dog. Hughie comes out of hiding to strangle her, but passes out from the drugs.

Rae ties him up and sails back to rescue John.

Hughie comes to and cuts himself free with a shard of broken mirror, but after making his way to Rae, she shoots him in the shoulder with a harpoon and knocks him unconscious. She then sets him adrift in the boat's life raft and continues to look for her husband. Meanwhile, the damage and the storm have caused the other boat to sink almost completely. The storm intensifies and breaks the boat's main mast, trapping John below deck. The water rises and eventually he is submerged over his head, able to breathe only through a piece of pipe leading to the deck. The only way he can go is down into the boat's hull, in search of an opening.

He takes one last breath from the pipe and dives. Through a gaping hole in the bottom of the boat, John emerges back on the surface. He sets the wreck on fire to signal his location to Rae, who is now desperate to find him. Dusk sets in as Rae notices the flames and sets course to the faint fire on the horizon.

Without any means to signal his wife, all John can do is wait on a piece of floating debris. After night falls, the pair reunite when Rae arrives and pulls John aboard. Later they find the life raft and Rae shoots it with a flare, setting it on fire. The next day they are relaxing on deck when John takes a break from washing Rae's hair to prepare breakfast for her. Her eyes closed, Rae feels a pair of hands begin massaging her scalp and assumes it is John, but when she opens her eyes she sees a bloody Hughie, who begins to strangle her.

While Rae struggles, John arrives from below deck. Seeing Rae being attacked, John shoots Hughie in the mouth with a flare, killing him instantly.

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The movie is based on the novel Dead Calm by Charles Williams , which Orson Welles had started filming in the late s but never completed. Producer Tony Bill had tried to buy the rights from Welles but was never successful. He mentioned this to Phil Noyce, giving him a copy of the book in Noyce enjoyed the book and showed it to George Miller and Terry Hayes, who were enthusiastic.

Miller managed to persuade Oja Kodar , Welles' companion who controlled the rights to the novel, to sell the book to Kennedy Miller. Other than character names and the scenario of a woman trapped on a boat with a psychopath, the film bears little resemblance to the book, which had several other main characters including Hughie's wife and another couple , and presented Hughie as a nominally asexual manchild. The movie was filmed over a week span in the Whitsunday Islands in the winter of George Miller directed some sequences himself, including one where Sam Neill's character is tormented in the boat by a shark.

This scene ended up being dropped from the final film. The final coda sequence was filmed at the request of Warner Bros seven months after principal photography finished. With accomplished editing by Richard Francis-Bruce and scoring by Graeme Revell , he finds lurking dangers in quiet, peaceful waters. The eighth one, Sealed Off, will released in December Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody, first in a new mystery series, was released in June, View all posts by Barbara Ross.

I love that collage too. Like Like. What a lovely post, Barb. And I had no idea Kat was also an artist. Beautiful collage, thanks for sharing! I love hydrangeas. It is sometimes hard to see the best when you are in the middle of something. It is always such a pleasure to read your postings Barb. Like Liked by 1 person. After 2. Oh, maybe not officially, but definitely increased my skill set so much that I was able to slide into this job very easily.

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Thanks, Mark. It all adds up, the unpublished manuscripts, the millions of words you throw away. Good words to live by. So you just need to see what you can take away from it and use for the good going forward. Thank you, Barb. You are a valued member of my lifeboat and have been for many years! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Home About. Artist: Kat Fast Watercolor with glaze I blogged about Kat or Kathy as I call her, or Katherine as she appears on the covers of the Level Best anthologies just the other day, when we wrote about the people in our lifeboats. The result, I think, is spectacular. What an important lesson that is for all of us who create. Like this: Like Loading