The Rift (1990 film)

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The Rift (Endless Descent)
Directed byJuan Piquer Simón
Produced byFrancesca De Laurentiis
Jose Escriva
Juan Piquer Simón
Written byJuan Piquer Simón
Mark Klein
David Coleman
StarringJack Scalia
R. Lee Ermey
Ray Wise
Deborah Adair
John Toles-Bey
Music byJoel Goldsmith
CinematographyJuan Mariné
Edited byIsaac Sehayek
Christopher Holmes
Dister Group
Distributed byTrimark Pictures
Release date
March, 9th 1990
West Germany:
July 26, 1990
United States:
October 5, 1990
May 30, 1991
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Rift, also known as Endless Descent, is a 1990 film directed by Juan Piquer Simón and starring R. Lee Ermey. The story involves a submarine rescue that goes awry. It is one of many underwater-themed movies released around 1990, including The Abyss, Leviathan, DeepStar Six, The Evil Below and Lords of the Deep.


An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", with an experienced NATO crew is sent to find out what happened to the missing "Siren I". They trace the Siren I's black box to an underwater rift. Later they surface in a cave system where they discover that the company they are working for has been engaged in illegal genetic engineering experiments that have produced a variety of mutant creatures.[1]


  • Jack Scalia as Wick Hayes
  • R. Lee Ermey as Capt. Randall Phillips
  • Ray Wise as H. Robbins
  • Deborah Adair as Lt. Nina Crowley
  • John Toles Bey as Joe “Skeets” Kane
  • Ely Pouget as Ana Rivera
  • Emilio Linder as Philippe Huppert
  • Tony Isbert as Roger Fleming
  • Álvaro Labra as Dr. Carlo Camerini
  • Luis Lorenzo as Francisco Grau
  • Frank Braña as H. Mueller
  • Pocholo Martínez-Bordiú as Sven Holst (as J. Martinez Bordiu)
  • Edmund Purdom as CEO Steensland
  • Garrick Hagon as Barton (as Garick Hagon)
  • James Aubrey as Contek 1
  • Derrick Vopelka as Contek 2
  • Jed Downey as Tony Garner (Man on Tapes)


The Rift is considered to be a "B" movie. Reviewers noted the lack of originality in its plot, but praised the film for providing action-packed entertainment on a limited budget.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "The Rift (a.k.a. Endless Descent) (1989) Kino Lorber Blu-ray Review". The Movie Elite, October 3, 2016 by David J. Moore
  2. ^ " Film Review: The Rift (1990)", Beneath the Ground, David J. Sharp on Dec 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Blu-ray Review: ‘The Rift’ is a Fun, Knockoff of Better Movies" Bloody Disgusting, by Chris Coffel. June 8, 2017
  4. ^ The Rift (AKA Endless Descent, March 1990)". Den of Geek, Ryan Lambie Jun 6, 2017

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