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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:
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sea | smoker | future | water | sail | See All (78) »


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)


$88,246,220 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anna Paquin was the first choice to play Enola. See more »


In the film when the mariner is escaping the atoll and turns the shoot to face Deacon's boat and Deacon shouts, "Charles!" his right hand moves from being cupped around his mouth to being down by his side in the next shot. See more »


Drifter: Forget the bag. It's not worth it. You'll never make it with your sails down.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits except the title. See more »


References Future Boy Conan (1978) See more »


Composed by Mark Isham
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User Reviews

lots of action, little reality
25 March 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This is an unpopular movie, and I don't see why it is so. Admittedly, it is unbelievable, but so are James Bond films. There was enough action in this one to keep thriller buffs going all the way through. Costner did a good job portraying a lonely vagabond in a crazy, violent world. Dennis Hopper, as usual, was an effective villain; he kept me laughing all the way with his insane antics, and his stupid henchmen. I have to wonder, however, if the full nude shot of the girl was really the actress I had been watching. With clothes on, she didn't look all that well endowed. Not a bad movie, really.

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