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  • Summary: Deep Water is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who entered the most daring nautical challenge ever: the very first solo, nonstop, round-the-world boat race. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    The real emotional impact of the film lies in the candid interviews with Crowhurst's wife, Clare, and his son, Simon, both of whom are clearly still haunted by Crowhurst and his fateful voyage.
  2. A spooky, moving documentary.
  3. 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 devising.
  4. As Crowhurst's situation grows desperate, the scope of the film expands -- from a good yarn to a haunting, complex tale of self-promotion, media madness, self-delusion and, finally, self-destruction.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    75
    It's like watching a slow multi-car pileup on an icy road: Everyone can see what's about to happen, but nobody can stop it.
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    50
    Co-directors Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell have done a commendable job of making Deep Water . . . well, not boring.

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  1. BlancoA.
    Sep 6, 2007
    10
    One of the most incredible stories ever memorialized on film. I sat stunned when it was over. I've sailed small boats at the most One of the most incredible stories ever memorialized on film. I sat stunned when it was over. I've sailed small boats at the most elementary levels, but I can appreciate, in the most basic ways, the raw power of what these men faced. Breathtaking, moving, dazzling. Great film. Expand
  2. BobM.
    Aug 24, 2007
    10
    Profoundly sorrowful, profoundly human, profoundly philosophical.
  3. jgm
    Sep 6, 2007
    10
    sad & thought-provoking story
  4. Jul 22, 2013
    8
    In 1968 The Sunday Times offered a prize of 5000 pounds to the person that could sail single handledly round the world quickest. Deep ImpactIn 1968 The Sunday Times offered a prize of 5000 pounds to the person that could sail single handledly round the world quickest. Deep Impact tells the true story of Donald Crowhurts attempt to be that person.

    Using extracts from the actual logs kept by Crowhurst during his journey as well as interviews from competitors, friends and family we are given a fascinating insight into his motivations for taking on such a dangerous endeavour and the effect that such isolation and pressure can have on a seemingly normal person.

    Proof that real life can be just as interesting as any fictional story.
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  5. Jun 18, 2012
    8
    One of the best documentaries I've watched in so many years. The story was well told with a combination of the life lesson not only just aOne of the best documentaries I've watched in so many years. The story was well told with a combination of the life lesson not only just a pure tragedy story. A must watch!
    (Stunning, Compelling, Deep, Life Lesson)
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