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Deep Water (2007)

Tilda Swinton , Donald Crowhurst , Jerry Rothwell , Louise Osmond  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Clare Crowhurst, Simon Crowhurst
  • Directors: Jerry Rothwell, Louise Osmond
  • Producers: Al Morrow, Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel, John Smithson, Jonny Persey
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000VKL6ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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DEEP WATER is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who enters the most daring nautical challenge ever – the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race.

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145 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern-day greek Tragedy November 5, 2007
This is a beautiful and compelling film. It is the story of the last voyage of Donald Crowhurst, a batty amateur of the finest British tradition: a man with a young family and a struggling business who became fixated on the forlorn quest to win the 1968 Sunday Times solo, non-stop round-the-world-yacht race.

Archive footage reveals that from the earliest stage Crowhurst, a tubby, cardigan-wearing thirty-seven-year-old inventor, had no idea what he was taking on. But he was certainly dressed for it: in a tie and slacks as he set off on the race! The poor man did not know what he was doing, how his plan had a hope of success, yet bizarrely he was financed, filmed and represented by people who ought to have known better. Most strangely of all he was allowed, even out of his garden shed, by his wife, a woman revealed by the documentary to be otherwise a sober, sensible, reflective and thoughful woman.

One of many tragedies catalogued in this film is that no-one had the wherewithal or gumption to tell this poor chap - in no sense one of life's winners, and certainly not the sort to be up for a round-the-world solo yacht journey - not to be such a blazing fool.

Yet, like a Greek tragedy, plot developments thereafter pile inevitably on, compelling the poor man on when even he had twigged it was sheer madness: the oppressive terms of his financing, residual pride, his own ill-considered decisions to misreport his positions and, in the final strait, the sheer bad luck to have a couple of his competitors unexpectedly sink or go postal on him when all he needed them to do was simply complete the course ahead of him and allow him to finish in quiet, plucky British ignominy.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an ordinary anti-hero September 19, 2007
In 1968 the Sunday Times of London sponsored a race to see who could circumnavigate the globe --solo and without stopping. Prizes were offered for the one who finished first and the one who finished fastest. Nine sailors entered the race, but this documentary film focuses on three contestants in particular-- Robin Knox-Johnston, who finished first by averaging 92 miles a day for 312 days (28,704 miles) and who appears in the film; the Frenchman Bernard Moitessier, who turned around just before finishing, forsaking fame and fortune for the isolation of the sea, and sailed an additional 10,000 miles to Tahiti (his book The Long Way tells his story); and then the amateur sailor and eccentric Donald Crowhurst who never should have entered the race under any circumstances. His bizarre story forms the real narrative of this film. It's difficult to say more without spoiling this film, but you can be sure that it's more of an exploration of the deep waters of the human psyche than an adventure tale. Interviews with family members and friends; archival film footage; news reels; diaries, audio tapes, 16mm film and ship logs by the sailors; and still photos lend authenticity to the pathos of this deeply human story. Two of the film's producers were John Smithson and Paul Trijbits who made Touching the Void.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. December 29, 2007
"Deep Water" tells the strange story of Donald Crowhurst, an Englishman of limited sailing experience who was one of 9 men to take up the challenge issued by the Sunday Times in 1968: A non-stop single-handed boat race around the globe. There were doubts as to whether boat or human could withstand such an arduous, isolated journey. The first person to do it would win a Golden Globe. The fastest would win £5,000. Crowhurst was a struggling small businessman with a family who had never found the success he wanted from life. The opportunity for fame and prize money appealed to him. To get a sponsor to pay for his boat, Crowhurst staked all he had, including his house, on completing at least half of the race -a decision that would have bizarre and catastrophic consequences.

Crowhurst set sail in the 40-foot trimaran "Teignmouth Electron" on the date of the race deadline, October 31, 1968. The story of his voyage, his predicament, and surprising decisions is told through old 16mm movies taken on board the boat and interviews with son Simon and wife Clare Crowhurst, friend Ron Winspear, journalist Donald Kerr, and Ted Hynds, who was deputy to Crowhurst's dodgy press agent Rodney Hallworth. Competitors Robin Knox-Johnston and Bernard Moitessier provide an insider's perspective on the race, Moitessier in the form of films and logs, since he is deceased. Francoise Moitessier shares her husband's experience and her own. Along with Tilda Swinton's narration, they paint a compelling picture of this groundbreaking 10-month endurance test.

This is one of those rare documentaries that might suffer from spoilers, so I'll be vague. "Deep Water" superbly recreates Crowhurst's grave dilemma and his character which obliged him to cope as he did.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for fans of the book January 1, 2008
If you're a fan of Tomalin and Hall's The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst be aware that this documentary is a different sea tale altogether. Tomalin and Hall's book is a psychological portrait of a small town intellectual desperate for recognition and success. Deep Water, on the other hand, emphasizes Crowhurst's economic plight portraying him more flatteringly as a kind of dreamy anti-hero. Readers of the Tomalin book will like the tidbits of old film footage but may find Crowhurst's tale constrained by the nature of the film medium and the editorial accommodations likely made for family members who are interviewed throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
For me this was a documentary that looked at the effect of solitary confinement on the human mind. Yes, there was a lot more going on here, but the two sailors featured clearly... Read more
Published 2 days ago by taaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent- but, read the book first.
Excellent CD about the world contest for the first solo- sailing round the World. Recommend highly but, read the book first. Read more
Published 16 days ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it. Not very instructive but fun to read.
Published 25 days ago by Jose Ricardo Descardeci
5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Crowhurst review movie Deep Water
I have had an interest in this story since I first read the book when I was in the Navy. It is a thought provoking true story about a man with a dream and a lie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by manning643
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie on a strange story
I loved this documentary, told with compassion and courage. A very strange story that needed to be told. Here it is told very, very well!
Published 4 months ago by Bill Zipp
3.0 out of 5 stars Documentary
This was an interesting development, but if you don't like the documentary style of movies, this is not for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry L. Favor
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating story
As a father of 4, I could sense what Donald must of been feeling throughout the movie. It is certainly a cautionary tail of making the right choices.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I think the movie depicted the angst and what consequences, deprivation of any social contact with people can incur or do to a human being.
Published 5 months ago by Cindy Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow your Dream
Engaging movie. I was caught up in the drama of the 7 individuals who attempted to completely circumnavigate the world solo. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Water and Deeper Trouble
Great Video, kept me glued to my seat and thinking about it for days! Definitely recommending to my friends, only problem at midway I lost picture but kept sound. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Russell Gray
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