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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chaim Jeraffi ...
Elder / Survivor
Luke Ka'ili Jr. ...
Anthony DeMasters ...
Willy Petrovic ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »

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Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,171,780, 30 July 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Land visible on the left-hand side of the screen, just before the smokers turn up. See more »


Nord: [to the Mariner] You should have stayed under water.
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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 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) See more »


Composed by Mark Isham
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User Reviews

sadly overlooked
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

it's a shame so many people spent their time running their mouths rather than watching the movie.

The story isn't new (what story is?) but its' well done, BIG color, BIG scenes,a touch of serious, a touch of humor, clear cut good guy, clear cut BAD guys with a few "grey guys" thrown in the middle.

Costner is always a variable. When the right script hits, no one is better, otherwise it's pretty much a monotone.

FORTUNATELY, this is the kind of script where the dead pan, monosyllabic Good Guy works just fine.

It's a shame the "experts" (i.e. the critics who create nothing) trashed this one. Even if it were the worst movie ever made, Costner would have been contributing more the "creative world" than ANY critic will in their entire lives. geoff beneze

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