In the 1930s, Charles Lang invents an engine that runs using water for fuel. But when he tries to get it patented, he is first offered a ridiculously low amount. When he refuses, he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (play)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Lucia is a computer expert who relieves stress through secret nightly s&m sessions, where she plays the sub. One day, a letter from her supposedly dead ex lover arrives, so she and her new partner investigate the matter.

Director: Carlos Suárez
Stars: Assumpta Serna, Xabier Elorriaga, Taida Urruzola
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A musician beds down a prostitute he knows is diseased in order to gain inspiration, an act he later believes to have been a tacit pact with Satan.

Director: Franz Seitz
Stars: Jon Finch, André Heller, Hanns Zischler
The Soft Kill (1994)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Private investigator and former police detective Jack Ramsey is enjoying an affair with the local district attorney's wife, but when she is strangled not long after he has departed following a session of amorous activity.

Director: Eli Cohen
Stars: Michael Harris, Brion James, Carrie-Anne Moss
Things Change (1988)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Shoe-shiner Gino is hired to take the rap for a mafia murder. Two-bit gangster Jerry watches over Gino and gives him a weekend to remember.

Director: David Mamet
Stars: Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Robert Prosky
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A photographer for a men's magazine is disturbed by a recurring dream he has that he is killing his models by various gruesome means. Then he discovers that his city is being terrorized by ... See full summary »

Director: William Byron Hillman
Stars: Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, James Stacy
Lakeboat (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Film adaptation of David Mamet's comic play Lakeboat about a grad student who takes a summer job on a Great Lakes freighter and sees life through the eyes of his low-brow crew members.

Director: Joe Mantegna
Stars: Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Denis Leary
Mávahlátur (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Post-war provincial Iceland: around 1950, Freyja, who'd been a plump teen, returns from America, a widow with a 20-inch waist, seven suitcases of dresses, and a list of who ever wronged or ... See full summary »

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson
Stars: Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ugla Egilsdóttir, Heino Ferch
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fact based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Cliff De Young, Anthony Hopkins, Denise Alexander
A Life in the Theater (TV Movie 1993)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A veteran actor who's seen it all and a young, up-and-comer join for a season of reperatory theatre.

Director: Gregory Mosher
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jack Lemmon
Homicide (1991)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.

Director: David Mamet
Stars: Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, Vincent Guastaferro
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A part of Joan of Arc's life. At the beginning, Jeanne (Joan) has already left Domremy, she is trying to convince a captain to escort her to the Dauphin. It ends during Jeanne's first ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette
Stars: Tatiana Moukhine, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Marie Richier
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The daughter of a lighthouse keeper runs away with a shipwrecked businessman to the city. But instead of her dreams, she finds herself selling herself in the streets, until a painter finds her as an ideal model for his next painting.

Director: Teuvo Tulio
Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Oscar Tengström, Ville Salminen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tour Guide
...
Rita Lang
...
Charles Lang
...
Mason Gross
...
Lawrence Oberman
...
Mrs. Varek
...
Mr. Wallace
...
Dave Murray
...
White Haired Man
...
Brown Haired Man
...
Singer in Dance Hall
...
Kegan
...
Soapbox Speaker One
...
Soapbox Speaker Two (as Natalia Nogulich)
...
Ratty Inventor
Edit

Storyline

In the 1930s, Charles Lang invents an engine that runs using water for fuel. But when he tries to get it patented, he is first offered a ridiculously low amount. When he refuses, he is suddenly several people are pressuring him to sell. The big oil companies don't want the competition. Now he has to try and keep them from getting his idea, and somehow get it published. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

engine | water | fuel | big oil | 1930s | See All (14) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wassermaschine  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of Many Mamet Knock-Outs (recommended especially for students of economics)
13 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This obscure made-for-cable adaptation of a David Mamet play can more than hold its own with other acclaimed films of his, including "House of Games", "The Spanish Prisoner"and "The Untouchables." Filled with his usual idiosyncratic dialogue stylistics and a complex plot line involving a bunch of underworld-types who double-cross each other, the storyline is compelling enough as it is. All performances here are stellar, and Macy hits just the right notes as a high strung, jittery, but tenacious inventor of a device that could revolutionize industry, and whose stubbornness, though the catalyst for his invention, could prove to be his downfall. Just as in "The Spanish Prisoner", the particulars of the invention are not nearly important as the massive personal machinations that surround it unceasingly.

What was especially interesting for me, as someone who studied economics, is that this movie successfully portrays a serious flaw in the economic pioneer Adam Smith's Invisible Hand Theory, which states that a competetive capitalist system naturally brings innovations to the marketplace. The problem in the movie is that in a system with monopolistic energy companies, the incentives for innovation are the exact reverse of of those in the theory: instead of innovating, these companies will naturally compete to stifle any new innovation which will interfere with their established system of production. As George C. Scott's character says to a big oil executive in the similar 1980 film "The Formula": "You're not in the oil business. You're in the oil shortage business." The movie raises some very thought-provoking issues. It just might contain some of Mamet's best work - too bad nobody seems to know about it.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?