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Magic in the Water (1995)

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Radio psychologist Jack Black takes his children Joshua and Ashley on a 'vacation' to a lake in British Columbia. While he grinds away at work the children discover that the famous local ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nark-Orn ...
Frank Salsedo ...
Uncle Kipper (as Frank Sotonoma Salsedo)
Morris Panych ...
Ben Cardinal ...
John Procaccino ...
Simon, Patient #1
Garrett Bennett ...
Christian, Patient #2 (as Gareth Bennett)
Bug-Eyes, Patient #3


Radio psychologist Jack Black takes his children Joshua and Ashley on a 'vacation' to a lake in British Columbia. While he grinds away at work the children discover that the famous local lake monster "Orky" may not be just a gimmick to attract tourists after all. In fact, Orky may enable them to get closer to their workaholic dad, and help stop local polluters who are dumping toxic waste into Orky's home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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In a small town, on a peaceful lake, a mythical creature is about to surface.

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Rated PG for language and moments of peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glenorky  »

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Box Office


$2,643,346 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the movie Ashley is wearing an over-sized powderkegblue (UCLA) football jersey #7. Mark Harmon was the starting UCLA Quarterback - he wore #7. See more »


When Uncle Kipper is showing Joshua and Ashley the totem pole, the camera is pointed down on the characters. As the camera pans lower, a crew member's foot is visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »


Phillip, Patient #4: I don't believe in monsters because monsters don't exist, it did not inhabit my body, I did not become a fish!
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Orky as Himself [Orky is the sea monster] See more »


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Do You Believe In Magic?
15 November 2001 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

What a great movie!

Saw this on HBO recently (11-15-2001) for the second time and it was wonderful. While not quite as good as "The Boy Who Could Fly", which is in a special class all it's own, I rank this movie right up there.

Sarah Wayne as Ashley Black especially stole our hearts. It is a shame that this is the only movie she has ever done according to IMDB's records. This little girl holds quite a bit of the movie on her own merit. Her smile captivated our entire family; her acting was excellent.

This is a decent, well centered story concerning a family at loss and their rediscovery of themselves in the community they are visiting to "get away". Through the magical help of a rather large friend, the local resident Indian shaman and local lore, miracles can happen.

A reflective, spirited movie ultimately about love and caring about others that lifts the heart and spirit of anybody who watches.

Well worth anybodies time. Two thumbs way up!

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