Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Carl Brashear, the Navy's first
black deep sea diver, and Robert De Niro plays his racist officer, Billy Sunday. We follow
Brashear on his quest to become a master chief diver in the highly racist 1950s. Based on
a true story. Also with Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook, David Keith,
Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe and Joshua Leonard. [2:08]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo, including a reference to oral sex and a
remark that many men should have sex with one woman. Mild kissing. In several scenes we
see shirtless men.
VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man has part of his leg ripped off by a flying, metal
object attached to a free-wheeling cable; we see a good deal of blood. Several tense
scenes underwater: A sunken ship falls to the ocean floor with two men trapped inside; a
diver is almost hit by submarine; a man almost drowns to death; a man almost freezes to
death underwater; a submarine is entangled with a diver's air cables and almost knocks the
diver unconscious. A helicopter apparently runs into a ship and explodes; we see it on
fire after it crashes into the sea. A cable breaks and a man falls into the sea. A person
grabs another and punches him in the face several times, a man hits another in the head
with a bed pan, a man throws water on another and then sprays him with a water hose, a man
dunks another man's head in a barrel several times and then throws him to the floor, and a
man spits tobacco juice on another. Several verbal and physical threats. We hear of a man
dying off screen. Blood comes out of a man's nose after being under water for several
minutes during a breath-holding competition. We see several shots of a man's stub leg
after it was amputated below the knee. We see a few shots of a man with bloody cuts all
over his face; also, a man's palm is scarred and bloody. We see a drowned corpse.
PROFANITY 7 - About 16 F-words, many anatomical references, several
scatological references and mild obscenities, some religious profanities, many racial
slurs and insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Navy, racism, honor, family, death of a parent,
father-son relationships, alcoholism.
MESSAGE - Don't ever give up.