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The Living Sea (1995)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 9 February 1995 (USA)
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A survey of the world's oceans, emphasizing the fact that it's a single interconnected ocean, and the dependence of all life on the ocean. Along the way we spend time with some surfers, ... See full summary »

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Greg MacGillivray
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Meryl Streep ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Connor Judith Connor ... Herself (Monterey) (as Dr. Judith Connor)
William Hamner William Hamner ... Himself (Palau) (as Dr. William Hamner)
Rainos M. Hayes Rainos M. Hayes ... Himself (Hawaii)
Steven K. Katona Steven K. Katona ... Himself (Maine)
Richard Marsh Richard Marsh ... Himself (Hawaii)
Laura Martin Laura Martin ... Herself (Palau researcher)
Stephanie K. Martin Stephanie K. Martin ... Herself (Maine)
James A.R. McFarlane James A.R. McFarlane ... Himself (Monterey)
Bruce Robison Bruce Robison ... Himself (deep ocean research, Monterey) (as Dr. Bruce H. Robison)
Jennifer Rock Jennifer Rock ... Herself (Maine)
Marty Thomas ... Himself (Hawaii)
Francis Toribiong Francis Toribiong ... Himself (Palau native)
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A survey of the world's oceans, emphasizing the fact that it's a single interconnected ocean, and the dependence of all life on the ocean. Along the way we spend time with some surfers, with researchers cataloging and tracking whales, a Coast Guard rough weather rescue squad, a deep-ocean research team, and in the Palau Islands, notably at a saltwater lake with an unusual jellyfish variety. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Documentary | Short

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English

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9 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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I zontani thalassa See more »

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Bar Harbor, Maine, USA See more »

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Wants to show too much
23 March 2006 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

As a documentary 'The Living Sea' is sort of a mess, throwing as much in forty minutes as it can, but it contains images of rare beauty, some useful information and a great soundtrack.

Narrated by Meryl Streep we learn some things about the sea under the surface and about the sea above the surface. Although these things both have their influence on each other the film rushes so much we never really learn why. We see some jelly fish, some surfers, some whales, the islands of Hawaii, the islands of Palau with its own narrator, a research center in Maine, some other creatures, a rescue boat.

Yes, I have to admit that every small episode is entertaining or at least beautiful to look at, but from a documentary, even a forty minute IMAX production, you expect a little bit more. The soundtrack from Sting is a nice bonus that makes 'The Living Sea' both easy on the eyes as on the ears.


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