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Co-directors Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell's historical documentary Deep Water chronicles one of the most infamous nautical tragedies of the past several decades. In autumn 1968, Britisher Donald Crowhurst, the proprietor of a down-and-out manufacturing business for marine electrical components, avowed to enter the first Golden Globe sailing competition -- a nonstop, one-man circumnavigational race against eight other competitors. In financing the boat via a deal with English entrepreneur Stanley Best, Crowhurst used his house as collateral. Relinquishing the voyage, or failing to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"The details just get stranger and stranger."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"For this gripping and amazing documentary, such truth emerges not just from the facts, but also the poetry of men who redefine themselves in a risky race on small sailboats."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
‑ Blake French,
"This is fascinating stuff... that would be better served by a magazine article or book."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Not merely a documentary portrait, but an engrossing drama with more twists and turns than your average thriller."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"As directed by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell, the movie breezes along at a highly watchable clip, thanks to fluid, affecting intercutting of archival, black-and-white footage and present-day interviews."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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
"I do think the movie loses focus at times, but nevertheless, this is a pretty interesting story into madness."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The film evokes a visceral understanding of solitude at sea."
‑ Toddy Burton, Austin Chronicle
"This is pretty heady stuff, and it's constantly enthralling, particularly for something that has to use so much second-hand information."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Some beautiful shots give unexpected texture to the film, such as an underwater capture of a boat from below, with prisms of light surrounding it. And its final image is a quiet heartbreaker."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"One of this year's better studies of the human soul."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"As a portrait of obsession, competition and, finally, delusion, Deep Water is haunting and engrossing, and one of the best nonfiction movies of the year."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Deeply researched and compellingly presented, Deep Water is as much about one man's misadventures on the ocean as it is about loneliness, desperation and the danger of dreams."
‑ Jason Ferguson, Orlando Weekly
"This well crafted and engaging documentary is a ripping yarn of a man's mansize adventure going horribly wrong."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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