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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>

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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?


Stunt coordinator Norman Howell got hit with compression sickness during filming of an underwater scene and was rushed to a hospital in Honolulu via helicopter. He recovered fairly quickly from the potentially life-threatening sickness and returned to the set a couple days later. See more »


Late in the film Mariner picks up a piece of paper from underwater to the distinct sound of dry crackling paper. See more »


[after the deck of the Deez clears, one lone figure walks toward the bridge]
Deacon: Why aren't you rowing?
[the Mariner removes his mask]
Nord: [laughs] It's him.
Enola: It is him! You guys are in so much trouble.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo does not appear at the end of this film. See more »


Spoofed in Spaced: Mettle (2001) See more »


Written by Henry Mancini
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User Reviews

Not nearly as bad as everyone says...
1 February 2005 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

"Waterworld" is one of those movies that everyone would rather passively make fun of rather than take the time to watch. This is unfortunate, because it really is a good movie. Sure, it's borrowing a lot from "Mad Max," but it's not like "Mad Max" was original fare to begin with. It's an interesting take on the genre, with some nice sets and costumes, a great soundtrack, and the coolest boat to ever appear on a movie screen. The script has thoughtfully and intricately worked out a new way of life in a post-apocalyptic world, and the supposed "plot holes" aren't as big as everyone makes them out to be (OK, we never really find out why dirt is so important in the future; so what? Is that enough to ruin the whole movie?).

If anything brings it down, it's Kevin Costner's performance. The brooding, gloomy hero shtick works, but he's still far too serious for a movie like this. If he'd had the good sense to be a little more tongue-in-cheek, it would have helped a LOT. Still, it's not a bad movie by any means, and I really think all the negativity toward it is unnecessary. Enough with all the complaining... just sit back and enjoy it!

8/10 stars.

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