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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Waterworld: Mundo acuático  »

Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

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$267,575 (Czech Republic)
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Trivia

Kevin Costner and Christian Slater - who appeared together in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) (also directed by Kevin Reynolds) - would go on to co-star with Dennis Hopper; Costner in this film and Slater in True Romance (1993). See more »

Goofs

When the seaplane is tied to the Mariner's trimaran by the harpoon cable, it is forced to fly in an ever-decreasing circle around the boat. The seaplane pilot leans out and shoots back along the fuselage, trying to sever the cable - so his line of fire is a tangent to the circle. Yet the shot hits the trimaran sail close to the Mariner - at the centre of the circle! Very bad geometry! See more »

Quotes

Deacon: If you'll notice the arterial nature of the blood coming from the hole in my head, you can assume that we're all having a real lousy day.
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The Universal logo does not appear at the end of this film. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.201 (2006) See more »

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Composed by Mark Isham
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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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