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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:
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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sea | smoker | future | water | sail | See All (76) »


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?


The studio's first choice for director was Robert Zemeckis. See more »


When the balloon starts inflating it is already above the roof, yet after rising 30 feet, roof panels are broken out. See more »


Enola: [after the Mariner drops the flare and the boat is burning] Was this your big vision?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Apprentice: Girls on Rollerskates (2007) See more »


Written by Henry Mancini
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sadly overlooked
4 March 2008 | by (Arizona) – 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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