Deep Water

2007-11-05 13:41
 
What it's about:

This true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race shows the psychological toll it took on its competitors. Sponsored by the Sunday Times of London, the much ballyhooed event attracted a field of nine, including amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set out to circumnavigate the globe in late 1968. Battling treacherous seas and his own demons, Crowhurst almost immediately comes apart as he faces the isolation of nine months on the high seas.

What the critics thought of it:

"The pic should suck even landlubbers into a whirlpool of gripping adventure, overblown ambitions and sheer human folly."
Deborah Young, Variety

"A fascinating documentary about the first single-handed around-the-world sailing race, begins like a Boy's Own adventure tale but ends up more akin to tragedy."
Rachel Saltz, New York Times

"Deep Water is a stunning documentary that not only beautifully elucidates a nearly forgotten incident but touches on crucial themes involving isolation, sanity, self-worth, impossible dreams, the nature of heroism and limits of human endurance."
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"A spooky, moving doc that chronicles the first solo attempt to circle the world by boat."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Deep Water's account of a modern Icarus is frighteningly clear in its perceptions and aftershocks."
Robert Koehler, Christian Science Monitor

"A sad story, but well told, with respect for its subject and an eye for the Shakespearian tragedy in the tale."
Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

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