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Waterworld (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  28 July 1995 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drifter (as Chaim Jeraffi)
Luke Ka'ili Jr. ...
Anthony DeMasters ...
Willy Petrovic ...
Lanny Flaherty ...
Robert A. Silverman ...


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Waterworld: Mundo acuático  »

Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)


$267,575 (Czech Republic)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After completing the lengthy shoot, Jeanne Tripplehorn was unable to go near a swimming pool for months after. See more »


While escaping the Smokers at the trading station Mariner heels the boat to raise one hull out of the water and escape the net. Both would need to be raised (impossible) to clear the net dragged by opposing sets of jet skis. See more »


Helen: Did you see anything out there?
Mariner: See what?
Helen: An end, to all this water?
Mariner: That old woman they buried today? She found the only end there is.
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Crazy Credits

The globe in the Universal logo morphs into a world with the ice melted and the continents submerged. See more »


Featured in I Love the '90s: 1995 (2004) See more »


Composed by Mark Isham
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User Reviews

One of my all time favorites-stimulating to watch the incredible props and great actors.
20 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can see this again and again. Music score- wonderful! Reminds me of Thomas Newman's style, (Road to Perdition) but not him. He's got the sound of happy water down! My favorite part is the ingenious mechanisms used on the big boat/ catamaran type, the workings of the atoll-so creative. There are many lines & terms that stand out for me...." not for sale, not for sale?!" "This wee orchard" is a 1-lemon bush-tree in a pot. Tina Majorino, here a small girl, is a strong, memorable character. Her bond with the main character, the mariner, gives one a good feeling, one of hope about what's possible for the "walking wounded" among us. Dennis Hooper uses his voice to the max, to bring so much interest and color into the picture. The society on the big tanker makes me continue to wonder, to stretch - what would really happen, what would people be like, after generations had gone by, and overcrowding was a problem. Great actors, all. Interesting plot, cool props. Makes one think, laugh, wonder.

RE: All the junk I've heard about this movie, and it's lack of promotion - I think its the non-viewers that have lost out.

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