Waterworld (1995) Poster



The map tattoo on Enola's back is in Chinese traditional characters (or Japanese Kanji). The characters in the middle surrounding the arrow are actual coordinates for longitude and latitude. While one number is not quite readable, the others give almost exact coordinates for Mount Everest, which is Latitude 27° 59' N Longitude 86° 56' E. The movie coordinates give: Latitude 27 or 28° 58' N Longitude 86° 56' E.
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It is rumored that director Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Costner had a huge squabble over the film, resulting in Reynolds walking off the project and left Costner to finish it. Reynolds was quoted as saying that "Kevin should only star in movies he directs. That way he can work with his favorite actor and favorite director".
Kevin Costner was put up, at a cost of $4,500 a night, in an oceanfront villa with a butler, chef, and his own private swimming pool. In contrast, crew members were forced to live in uninsulated condominiums that were subject to temperature swings of up to 50 degrees. This inequity of accommodations contributed to on-set hostility and low morale.
Prior to Titanic (1997), this was the most expensive movie ever produced.
Kevin Costner personally invested $22 million of his own money into the film.
The atoll set was over 1/4 mile in circumference.
The 1,000 tonne floating set used up all the available steel in the Hawaiian Islands. When more was required, it had to be flown in from California.
Neither the 1,000 metric ton floating set nor any of the 30 boats used by the cast and crew had bathrooms. Filming had to stop so people could be ferried to portable toilets on a barge anchored near the shore.
A fan edit of the film, called Waterworld: Ulysses Cut, includes all of the deleted scenes. They explain more about the world and the people who live there, including the Smokers' religious beliefs and their ability to refine crude oil. The additional scenes tie up several loose ends in the theatrical release.
Joss Whedon flew out to the set to do last minute rewrites on the script. He later described it as "seven weeks of hell".
The picture on the wall that Deacon refers as "Old Saint Joe" is actually Joseph Hazelwood, infamous captain who crashed the Exxon Valdez oil tanker into the Alaskan landscape, negligently discharging millions of gallons of crude oil. The base of the Smokers is the Exxon Valdez, as evident when it sinks. The stern rises and the word "Valdez" is visible. The real Exxon Valdez was repaired and renamed the Sea River Mediterranean. It is used to haul oil across the Atlantic.
For the Japanese premiere, Kevin Costner had his private plane flown to Tokyo. However, he failed to get permission to store his plane at the airport for the duration of his trip. He asked the Navy if he could use their airport at Atsugi. They agreed, but only if Costner showed the movie there, and made a personal appearance.
Kevin Costner was on the set 157 days, working 6 days a week.
The script underwent 36 different drafts which involved six different writers.
Jeanne Tripplehorn refused to strip for this film, even though she had done nude scenes before (and would do them after this film). However, she insisted on choosing her body double, as she wanted the naked backside shown to resemble her own. She had the three finalists come into her trailer and drop their robes. She described it as such an odd experience that none of them could stop laughing. In between takes of the nude scene, Tripplehorn remained off-camera to offer a robe or towel to the double.
If the icecaps melted, the oceans would only rise a few hundred feet; not enough to flood civilization into a floating oblivion.
Kevin Costner insisted that his friend Kevin Reynolds be given the director's position, or he would quit. Later, Costner had a falling out with Reynolds over the film's direction.
The sunken city visited by the Mariner and guest is actually a digitally edited Denver, Colorado. The "Norwest Building" (roughly shaped like a cash register) can be seen in one shot.
LOGO GIMMICK: The Universal Studios logo, the planet Earth, was given a close-up, and as it got closer, the continents began to fade away until there was nothing left... but water.
The studio didn't spend any money researching weather patterns off Hawaii's Kona coast, where the film was shot. If they had, they would have learned that the area was subject to 45 mph winds, which constantly blew the set out of position and ruined shots.
Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino nearly drowned on their first day of filming when the trimaran they were on sank, dragging them behind it.
Samuel L. Jackson turned down the role of Deacon in order to be in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).
One script (later rejected) called for a second moon to appear in the sky, intimating that the cataclysm which created Waterworld was gravity-related, rather than warming.
Through widely called a box office bomb upon its release, even nicknamed "Kevin's Gate" (after Heaven's Gate (1980)) and "Fishtar" (after Ishtar (1987)) the film eventually turned a profit. The film cost $235 million to produce and market, and grossed $264 million worldwide in 1995, of which approximately 55% ($145 million) went to the studio and the remainder to theaters. As of 2013 the film had actually earned a profit of $8 million from video sales and television licensing.
The language Kevin Costner speaks to the lime stealing drifter early in the movie is Hindi.
The 112-foot model of the Exxon Valdez sat abandoned at the Mojave Airport airplane scrapyard until August 2015, when it was partially stripped to be repurposed as set decoration for Wasteland Weekend.
The child's name, Enola, is "alone" spelled backwards.
Kevin Costner demanded the VFX crew hide his receding hairline digitally, which was not a cheap feat in 1995.
The production added more than $35 million to the tate of Hawaiian economy.
Filming shut down 3 times due to hurricane alerts.
Although the exact year that the film takes place is never mentioned, production designer Dennis Gassner has suggested it's set in 2500. This is mentioned Janine Pourroy's "The Making of Waterworld," published by Boulevard Books in 1995.
The boat Kevin Costner used in the movie was sold to Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan. After the bankruptcy of the Uzan family went bankrupt, the government confiscated and later auctioned the boat.
Anna Paquin was the first choice to play Enola.
Kevin Costner nearly died when he got caught in a squall while tied to the mast of his trimaran.
Co written by David Twohy, who cited The Road Warrior (1981) as a major inspiration.
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.
Gene Hackman, James Caan and Gary Oldman all turned down the role of the Deacon.
Tina Majorino was nicknamed "Jellyfish Candy" by the crew after she was stung three different times by the creatures during production.
Laird John Hamilton, the famous big wave rider was Kevin Costner's double for many water scenes.
The studio's first choice for director was Robert Zemeckis.
The original screenplay by Peter Rader was pitched as an children's adventure film. In Rader's screenplay the Mariner was a human and the chief defender of the Atoll, whose embarrassing secret was that he enjoyed painting pictures of seahorses; Helen had two of her own children along with the adopted Enola, and the Deacon was a campy, silly villain who dressed up like King Trident, sat atop a throne on the Exxon Valdez, and punished his subordinates by slapping them around the face with a wet fish. Subsequent rewrites by David Twohy and Joss Whedon turned the original script into a much more serious action-adventure film.
Kevin Costner and Kim Coates became good friends after this movie and later worked together on Open Range (2003) which was directed by Costner.
Mark Isham's score was reported rejected because it was "too ethnic".
The most remembered line from the film, "Dryland is not a myth; I have seen it", is never spoken in the film itself.
A French science fiction graphic novel called Aquablue, created in 1988 by writer Thierry Cailleteau, explores very similar themes as this movie, although it's set in the future where mankind can traverse space, and it takes place not on Earth, but on a hostile water planet called Aquablue where a survivor from a crashed space cruiser and his robot must survive.
Gary Busey and Laurence Fishburne also turned down the part of the Deacon.
Mark Isham's score, which was not recorded and only demos were completed for approximately 25% of the film, was reportedly rejected by Kevin Costner because it was "too ethnic and bleak", contrasting the film's futuristic and adventurous tone; Isham offered to try again, but was not given the chance.
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The entire slaver faction was written out when the set was destroyed.
It has been reported that Roger Corman passed on making this film because he felt it could not be made for less than $3 million.
Costume designer John Bloomfield estimated that over 2000 costumes were made.
After completing the lengthy shoot, Jeanne Tripplehorn was unable to go near a swimming pool for months after.
Inspired by racing trimarans built by Jeanneau Advanced Technologies' multi-hull division Lagoon; a custom 60 foot (18 m) yacht was designed by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost and built in France by Lagoon. Two versions were built, a relatively standard racing trimaran for distance shots, and an effects-laden transforming trimaran for closeup shots. The first trimaran was launched on 2 April 1994, and surpassed 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) in September of that year. The transforming version was first seen in the film as a sort of raft with a three-bladed egg-beater windmill. When needed, levers could be triggered that would flatten the windmill blades while raising a hidden mast to full racing height. A boom emerged, previously hidden in the hull, and the two sails were automatically unfurled. Once the transformation was complete this version could actually sail, although not as well as the dedicated racer. The transforming version is in private hands in San Diego, California. For many years, the racing version was kept in a lake at Universal Studios Florida, before being restored for use as a racing trimaran named Loe Real, which was being offered for sale in San Diego.
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Kevin Costner's stunt double was washed out to sea and several extras nearly drowned.
Jack Nicholson was considered for The Deacon, but was deemed too expensive.
Final on-screen film appearance of Rick Aviles.
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The four-machine gun chassis in the atoll assault scene is called a Maxon Mount. It is comprised of four .50 caliber Browning machine guns and was used as an anti-aircraft battery during World War II. It also came in a two gun mount which was used upto & in the Vietnam War as a Point Defense Weapon.
Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino would later go on to star together in the HBO series Big Love (2006).
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17 years after this movie was released Kevin Costner did work with Kevin Reynolds again on Hatfields & McCoys (2012).
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Jack Kehler and Kim Coates also co-starred in The Last Boy Scout (1991).
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Sets were destroyed by hurricanes.
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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).
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Kevin Costner would later star in another post-apocalyptic flick which he would also play a nameless drifter whom becomes an unlikely hero - The Postman (1997).
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A PC game based on the film Waterworld: The Quest for Dry Land was released in 1997. The only actors from the film to return for the PC Game are R.D. Call as Enforcer, Jack Kehler as Tallyman and Zakes Mokae as Elder.
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This is the second of three films starring Kevin Costner, that James Newton Howard has composed music for; the first film was Wyatt Earp (1994) and the third film was The Postman (1997).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the original ending of the film, we learn that The Mariner isn't leaving simply because he is freaked out over Dryland or that he feels he truly belongs on the open waters of Waterworld. He reveals to Helen that there may be other mutants like himself out there and that he must find them to tell them about Dryland and Helen.

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