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Water (1985)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 18 April 1986 (USA)
A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.

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Pamela
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Dolores
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Sir Malcolm
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Delgado
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Rob
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Jay Jay
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Deke Halliday
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Spender
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Cuban (as Stephan Kalipha)
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Farce about a British diplomat to a West Indian island nation who finds his idyllic existance thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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$1,300,000 (USA)
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Michael Caine is seen in the film in a cocked hat, just as Peter O'Toole would also be seen wearing one, in Club Paradise (1986) which released in the U.S. around the same time. See more »

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When Ms. Baxter speaks to her husband by megaphone, her voice sounds equally amplified despite the distance between mouth and the microphone varying wildly. See more »

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Baxter Thwaites: From there you can return to Cuba.
Cuban 1: And face Fidel after this fiasco? No, we go to Miami. I have a cousin there.
Cuban 2: Si. We go underground and spread sedition!
Cuban 1: No, we deal coke. Like Al Pacino in Scarface.
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Freedom
Music by Eric Clapton
Lyrics by Eric Clapton and Ian La Frenais
(c)1984 E.C. Music Ltd
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One of my top 10 films
1 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by how badly this did at the cinema and at it's low score here as I find it hard to fault.

It seems to be a rule of thumb that the more stars you have in a film the worse their performances. Here at last is an exception with all the main characters rising to the challenge. Even Paul Heiney, a unknown non-actor who only played the part of the French commando leader as part of a TV series "In at the deep end", is flawless.

This is the British doing what they do best - making fun of themselves. The characters are stereotypes, which annoys me in an action film but is just what a comedy needs. Perhaps one or two of the bit parts suffered because they had only time to parody them without fleshing them out, but the main characters are all believable despite their ludicrous over-the-top personas. You can't help feeling (hoping even) there really are forgotten, unloved corners of the world where people like this can still be found.

Essentially it is an parody on Colonialism, so I was amused by another reviewer's comment that it bordered on "offensive" because foreigners argue over the fate of the locals. That's what colonialism is.

I recommend this film to you as a little known gem. And after 20 years isn't it about time for the DVD version to make an appearance?


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