Deep Water
Deep Water (2006)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Equal parts mystery and biography, Deep Water is both an engrossing documentary and an affecting treatise on human folly and obsession.

Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

The details just get stranger and stranger.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

I do think the movie loses focus at times, but nevertheless, this is a pretty interesting story into madness.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

One of this year's better studies of the human soul.

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Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald

Knowing in advance how it all turned out cannot rob this remarkable movie of any of its drama, although ignorance of the events probably adds to the kick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Deep Water is one of the poignant documentaries that I have seen. This film tells the true story of Donald Crowhurst, and Englishman who risked everything in a… More
Stephen M
A superb film. A documentary, by it's very nature, can only be as good as the story it has to tell, and this one's a cracker. "Deep Water"… More
Stella Dallas
a fascinating documentary on the first nonstop singlehanded sailing race around the world, the sunday times golden globe race held in 1968-69, before gps and… More
Gordon Anderson
Faultless account of a sad tale of old fashioned British dare-doing
Steve K
Documentary about first solo, non-stop boat race around the world. I expected a more mechanic how-they-did-it approach to the film, but instead it ended up… More
Mark Harper
Surely one of the best documentary films of all time. Part documentary, part mystery, part drama, this film takes the viewer on an amazing journey. I've… More