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In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

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The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival. Several different societies exist. The Mariner falls from his customary and solitary existence into having to care for a woman and a young girl while being pursued by the evil forces of the Deacon. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Beyond the horizon lies the secret to a new beginning.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of action violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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28 July 1995 (USA)  »

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Waterworld: Mundo acuático  »

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$175,000,000 (estimated)

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$267,575 (Czech Republic)
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Trivia

Co written by David Twohy, who cited Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) as a major inspiration. See more »

Goofs

Because of the scarcity of fresh water, it is highly valued. This is clearly demonstrated very early in the film as the Mariner uses a device to purify his own urine to make it drinkable. One would assume that any device able to purify the salt and wastes from urine could be used to purify ocean water. This issue is addressed in the SciFi channel's extended broadcast in which the Mariner, Helen & Anola all contribute their urine for purification. Helen asks "why don't you use sea hydro?". The Mariner replies "The salt's harder on the filters" See more »

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Deacon: Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start.
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The globe in the Universal logo morphs into a world with the ice melted and the continents submerged. See more »

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Referenced in Daria: Art Burn (2001) See more »

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PETER GUNN THEME
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Underrated action movie with some very funny scenes
3 July 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

There is no point going through this film and trying to make all the science fit. The scientific fact has been stretched to breaking point. I found this a very enjoyable experience with some of the best comic strip bad guys in any movie. Costner plays a likable, although traditional, nomadic hero taking care of no 1. Fortunately, there isn't really a love element in the film to spoil it too much. This film has numerous memorable scenes that verge on the hysterical including the oars coming out of the oil tanker, the dropping of the match into the oil tanker and Costner's bungie jump to save the girl. Great stuff. I can't wait for the producers to make a sequel.


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