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.
A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.
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
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For the Japanese premiere, Kevin Costner had his private plane flown to Tokyo. However, he failed to get permission to store his plane at the airport for the duration of his trip. He asked the Navy if he could use their airport at Atsugi. They agreed, contingent on Costner showing the movie there, and making a personal appearance. See more »
Judging from the trading scene between the Mariner and the crazy drifter, paper appears to be a highly rare and valuable commodity, and yet the Smokers burn large amounts of paper by smoking cigarettes. However, the Smokers are portrayed as pirates, who don't trade with anyone, just take by force, so their idea of material wealth is much different than that of the traders. In fact, the Smokers' technology and oil supply (not to mention alcohol) would be much more valuable than any amount of paper, had they decided to trade with others, instead of robbing them. See more »
[speaking of dry land]
Because I haven't seen it. And I've sailed further than most men have dreamed.
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There are no opening credits except the title. See more »
One of my all time favorites-stimulating to watch the incredible props and great actors.
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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