Deep Rising is a 1998 action film directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy). The film stars Treat Williams as a boat captain who is hired to transport a group of mercenaries to the luxury cruise ship Argonautica sailing in the South China Sea, which the mercenaries intend to rob. However, upon arriving, they discover that a deep sea creature has beaten them to it and killed most of the passengers and crew, and the survivors must escape before the monster kills them too.
The following weapons were used in the film Deep Rising:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Calico M955A (as the "M1-L1 triple-pulse rifle")
The weapons brought along by Hanover (Wes Studi) and his team of mercenaries to loot the cruise ship Argonautica are described in the movie as "Chinese M1-L1 triple-pulse assault rifles", which have "thousand-round capacities", rotating barrels, and are "air-cooled" and "water-tight". Almost every character uses one of these guns at some point in the movie.
In reality, the practical weapons used to build the prop pulse rifles were 9mm Calico M955A submachine guns with 100-round magazines. Among the modifications that have been added by the film's armorers are thumbhole stocks, large flashlights and claw mounts fitted with some type of red-dot reflex sight, as well as the rotating barrel assembly. Notably, the weapons do not actually fire through the rotating barrels at all; they are fitted around the real barrel of the Calico. The assembly is powered by a small electric motor linked to the trigger so that when the guns are fired, the barrels will spin. The enormous muzzle flash of the Calicos (probably generated with full-load blanks) usually obscures the fact the guns are not really firing from any of the spinning barrels, but in several scenes it is possible to see where the muzzle flash is really coming from. Some of the screenshots below illustrate this.
submachine guns with 100 round helical magazine - 9x19mm
A case full of "M1-L1 triple-pulse rifles" (in reality, dressed-up Calico M955As) is opened for the first time, as Hanover (Wes Studi
) issues the weapons and ammunition to his crew.
Hanover explains the features of the M1-L1 pulse rifle to his men.
A close-up of Vivo (Djimon Hounsou
) loading his pulse rifle, showing clearly the 100-round Calico magazine. The claw mounts containing the red-dot sights flip up to allow the magazine to be loaded.
Vivo and Mason (Clifton Powell
) searching the Argonautica
with their pulse rifles.
A close-up of spent brass dropping to the floor as the pirates unload their pulse rifles at the sound of a disturbance. These appear to be shell casings from 5.56x45mm NATO rounds, so there is no way the Calicos used to build the prop M1-L1s could have fired them. In fact, in some scenes the pulse rifles can actually be seen ejecting far smaller 9x19mm casings.
Hanover with his pulse rifle. Note the distinctive sixth hole in the center of the barrels, which is in fact the Calico's barrel and where the prop weapon fires from.
One of the pulse rifles lying on the floor of an elevator after being dropped by Joey. This screencap clearly shows the guns' Calico M955A lineage.
A close-up of a pulse rifle in the hands of Mulligan (Jason Flemyng
A close-up of Mulligan's pulse rifle while firing. Notice that the muzzle flash is coming from the sixth hole in the center of the five rotating barrels, not through them.
Trillian (Famke Janssen
) firing a pulse rifle; again, here we can see the muzzle flash coming from between the rotating barrels, giving away how the prop weapons actually work.
Taurus PT99 AF
Hanover (Wes Studi) carries a black Taurus PT99 AF, the adjustable sight version of the PT92, as his sidearm. He's frequently seen using it to threaten people who disagree with him, most notably Mulligan (Jason Flemyng) near the end of the film. For some reason, he is routinely seen reloading the gun after encounters with the monster's tentacles, even though he never fires it once on screen. In fact, after the group's first encounter with the beast, he is seen reloading the gun three times in a row.
Blued Taurus PT99 - 9x19mm
Hanover (Wes Studi
) loads his Taurus PT99 before the pirates "crash the party" on the Argonautica
A split second after the above shot; here, we can clearly see the raised, adjustable sight which distinguishes the PT99 from the PT92.
Hanover holding his PT99 in shock after seeing Vivo (Djimon Hounsou
) take an axe to the head.
One of the many instances in which Hanover is shown unnecessarily reloading his PT99, despite the fact that he never, ever
fires it on-screen, not even once.
Taurus PT92 AFS
Vivo (Djimon Hounsou) carries a nickel-plated Taurus PT92 AFS as his sidearm, which winds up changing hands numerous times throughout the movie. When Vivo is killed, this gun is taken by Hanover and is later stolen by Trillian (Famke Janssen), who uses it to dispatch the monster's tentacles in order to save Finnegan (Treat Williams). Later, Vivo's PT92 ends up in the hands of Joey (Kevin J. O'Connor), who gives it back to Hanover when he finds the mercenary leader in the process of being eaten by the monster. Hanover shows his gratitude by firing a round at Joey (who runs off), but when he then tries to commit suicide with the gun, the hammer falls on an empty chamber.
In a continuity error, the PT92 becomes a Beretta 92FS Inox in some scenes.
Taurus PT92AFS (Stainless) with Slimline Black Factory Grips - 9x19mm
A nice shot of Vivo's (Djimon Hounsou
) nickel Taurus PT92 AFS, which is used by several characters in different scenes
Canton (Anthony Heald
) eyes the PT92, but Hanover prevents him from taking it...
...yet Trillian, being a smooth criminal, manages to steal the pistol from Hanover in all the confusion.
Trillian firing the PT92 at the monster's tentacles after it attacks Finnegan. Note that Famke Janssen
seems more terrified of the gun than she is of the monster she's shooting at!
Hanover decides to kill himself with Vivo's PT92 after Joey (Kevin J. O'Connor
) hands it to him...
...but when he pulls the trigger, the hammer falls on an empty chamber, having used the last round to try and shoot Joey. Note that this would be unlikely in real life, because the pistol's slide is designed to lock back after discharging the last round. However, the locking levers on the slides of Taurus PT92s have been known to 'slip' over the top of the magazine follower, especially on worn models, so that it does not lock back when empty. This is also a function of a worn or damaged magazine.
Beretta 92FS Inox
In some scenes, the stainless Taurus PT92 that is wielded by many of the film's characters becomes a Beretta 92FS Inox. For instance, when Finnegan (Treat Williams) takes the pistol from Trillian (Famke Janssen) before diving into the flooded apssageway, it quite clearly has a slide-mounted safety, which would make it a Beretta 92FS rather than a Taurus PT92, which has the safety mounted on the frame.
Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Trillian (Famke Janssen
) holding what is supposed to be the same stainless Taurus PT92 she stole from Hanover (Wes Studi
), except it now has the slide-mounted safety of the Beretta 92FS Inox.
A close-up of Vivo's (Djimon Hounsou
) pistol as Finnegan takes it from Trillian. This shot again shows that the gun has the slide-mounted safety of a Beretta.
Bernardelli Model 60
When Finnegan (Treat Williams) attemtps to save Joey (Kevin J. O'Connor) from being beaten by the mercenaries, T-Ray (Trevor Goddard) draws a Bernardelli Model 60, likely in .32 ACP. It was previously seen more closely when he drew the weapon on Mamooli (Cliff Curtis). Since the movie was filmed in British Columbia, this is likely the same Bernardelli Model 60 that was previously seen in Season 1 of The X-Files in the hands of Gillian Anderson.
Bernardelli Model 60 - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
In this shot, it's possible to make out the slide and barrel.
Mason (Clifton Powell) draws a standard blued Beretta 92FS with after-market wood grips in the scene where Finnegan (Treat Williams) confronts the pirates. It is not seen again after this encounter.
Mason (Clifton Powell
) holds his Beretta. Note that his finger is over the hammer, as if ready to cock it...
...yet in a subsequent shot his thumb is around the grip and the hammer is down.
Ithaca Model 37 (sawed-off)
Finnegan (Treat Williams) keeps a short-barreled Ithaca Model 37 aboard his boat, storing it in a sheath slung over his seat. Hanover (Wes Studi) briefly takes the weapon when he and his mercenaries take over upon reaching the Argonautica, but he apparently returns the weapon as it is there for Finnegan to claim later in the film. Finnegan then uses it throughout the final act, most notably in the climax after encountering the massive, ugly head of the monster in the atrium of the Argonautica; when the monster looks down at him with one of its huge eyes, he asks it, "What're you lookin' at?" before drawing his Ithaca and giving it a blast of 12-gauge buckshot in the eye.
Ithaca 37 with sawed-off stock and barrel - 12 gauge
A close-up of the receiver of Finnegan's sawed-off Ithaca Model 37 as it is slung on his seat.
Hanover (Wes Studi
) takes Finnegan's (Treat Williams
) Ithaca and cocks it for dramatic effect. Note that when Finnegan reclaims the weapon later he does the same, which in theory should mean that a live round gets ejected from the chamber, but then this a movie we're talking about here...
Finnegan draws his Ithaca from its sheath on his back and aims it at the monster after the tentacled creature finally reveals its huge, ugly head.
"What're you lookin' at?"
This is an obvious angle of the Ithaca 37. We can clearly see the magazine release knob and the barrel bridge of the Ithaca Model 37.
Trillian (Famke Janssen
) cocks Finnegan's shotgun as they flee the tentacles on a jet ski.
Finnegan fires his Ithaca at the controls for an elevator, which actually causes it to open (as opposed to rendering it inoperable).
Browning M2 Aircraft
A machine gun is mounted on the stern of Finnegan's (Treat Williams) Air-Sea Rescue boat, the Saipan. Since the Air-Sea boat is a WWII-era vessel, it's likely that it's a Browning M2, but this is uncertain. The gun is never fired, and can only be seen in a few exterior shots of the boat.
Browning M2 Aircraft - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
The gun is circled in red.