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30 March 2001 (Italy) See more »
Hell hath no fury...
A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ciarán Hinds ... Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
Richard Donat ... Mr. Plaisted

Sarah Polley ... Maren Hontvedt

Ulrich Thomsen ... John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen ... Evan Christenson
Joseph Rutten ... Judge
John Walf ... Defense Attorney

Katrin Cartlidge ... Karen Christenson

Vinessa Shaw ... Anethe Christenson
Adam Curry ... Emil Ingerbretson

Catherine McCormack ... Jean Janes

Sean Penn ... Thomas Janes

Josh Lucas ... Rich Janes

Elizabeth Hurley ... Adaline Gunne

John Maclaren ... Dr. Parsons
Rita Kvist ... Young Maren Christenson
Jan Tore Kristoffersen ... Young Evan Christenson

Catherine Kellner ... College Student
Karl Júlíusson ... Mr. Christenson (as Karl Juliusson)
Peter Cobbold ... Priest

R.D. Call ... Coast Guard Officer (as R D Call)

Richard Scobie ... Clerk (as Scobie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murdoch MacDonald ... Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Michele Maillet ... Mrs. Ingebretson (uncredited)

Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow 
Writing credits
Anita Shreve (novel)

Alice Arlen (screenplay) and
Christopher Kyle (screenplay)

Produced by
Lisa Henson .... executive producer
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... executive producer
Lorenzo O'Brien .... line producer: Mexico
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... producer (as Sigurjón Sighvatsson)
Sean Wimmer .... co-producer
Janet Yang .... producer
Christopher Zimmer .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Howard E. Smith 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson  (as Karl Juliusson)
Art Direction by
Mark Laing 
Set Decoration by
Laura Cuthill 
Patricia Larman 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... makeup department head
Barbi Jollota .... hair stylist
Petra Schaumann .... hair stylist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Karl Braun .... unit manager
Thomas Hayslip .... production manager
Sean Wimmer .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Ambury .... first assistant director: second unit
Sarah Dunsworth .... third assistant director
Devin Hillier .... first assistant director: second unit
Devin Hillier .... trainee assistant director
Jose Jimenez .... second assistant director
Martin Pedersen .... second assistant director: second unit
Kayla Popp .... second assistant director
Jason Shipley .... assistant director
Ernie Tremblay .... second second assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
Art Department
Daniel R. Bradette .... property master
Chris Brown .... art department production assistant
Robert Grani .... on-set dresser
Dylan McDonald .... assistant art director
Tony Perez .... lead man
Tammy Peters .... scenic artist
Terry Quennell .... assistant art director
Gabriele Schnutgen .... key scenic artist
Bruce Shibley .... lead: Canada
Jason Shurko .... set dresser
Ulo Greer .... greens assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffree Bloomer .... boom operator
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jason George .... adr supervisor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Dennis Maitland II .... production sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound mixer
Mike Smith .... sound mixer
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer
Anne Slack .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Luis Alvarez .... special effects technician
Gary Coates .... special effects supervisor
Jose A. Cordero .... special effects technician
Christine Davis .... special effects technician
Roy Goode .... special effects technician
Ted Ross .... special effects coordinator
Lawrence Willett .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jim Carbonetti .... digital compositor
Korey J. Cauchon .... visual effects
Robin L. D'Arcy .... visual effects producer
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... visual effects editor (as Dwight Raymond)
Alisa Christensen .... stunt double
Marny Eng .... stunt double: Sarah Polley
Tom Farr .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey Michael Adams .... key grip (as Jeff Adams)
Christopher Ball .... camera operator: second unit
Doug Betts .... grip
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Jake Clarke .... best boy electric
Jarrett Craig .... second assistant camera: Calgary
Mark Cyre .... first assistant camera "a" camera
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Keith Dimmer .... generator operator
Regan Enderl .... camera operator: "b" camera, Canadian unit
Rob Goldstein .... second assistant camera: "c" camera, storm sequence
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator: additional principal photography
Pauline Heaton .... underwater cinematographer
Sven Heinrich .... second assistant camera: re-shoot
Francisco Hernandez .... video assist operator
Francisco Hernandez .... video assist operator: second unit
Daniel Herrera Arau .... video assist operator: storm sequence
Michael Jackson .... grip
Forbes MacDonald .... "b" camera
Tim Milligan .... dolly grip
David Reilly IV .... key rigger
Jordan Schella .... daily electrician
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: daily
James Thibodeau .... electrician
Neil Trafford .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting assistant (as Lindsey Hayes)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bethana Briffett .... seamstress
Jennifer Ellis .... costume set supervisor
Michele Maillet .... costumer
Helena Marriott .... cutter
Editorial Department
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Daniel Craven .... assistant editor
Samuel Craven .... additional editor
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... first assistant editor (as Dwight Raymond)
Lee Michael Searles .... assistant print editor
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... music engineer
Melissa Deanne Ferguson .... music coordinator
Randy Gerston .... music supervisor
Alex Gibson .... music editor: temp music
David Hirschfelder .... conductor
Amy Rosen .... music coordinator
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Transportation Department
Kristin Arason .... driver: cast
Other crew
Iram Collantes .... production coordinator: Mexico
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Lucinda Deschaine .... post-production accounting assistant
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Kimberly Edwards .... post-production accountant
Stephen Fielding .... tax credit administrator
Damien Fitzpatrick .... dive master
Anne C. Ford .... production accountant
Lili Gonzalez .... production coordinator: México
Shannon Guindon .... production assistant
Phil Hatcher .... production assistant
Tracey Hatcher .... assistant production coordinator
Jaime Herrera V. .... staff office
Neale Joudrie .... location manager: reshoot
Erin Lacey .... assistant: Kathryn Bigelow
Daniel Laiblan .... assistant to producer
Efrain Lomeli .... assistant production office coordinator: Mexico
Eva MacGregor .... assistant accountant
Juan Jose Meza-Leon .... on-set production assistant: Mexico
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Esteban Sanchez .... projectionist: Mexico (as Steve Sanchez)
Kim Stewart .... production secretary
Gary Swim .... location manager
Michael Wamboldt .... marine coordinator
Darren Winter .... assistant security coordinator
Efrain Lomeli .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language
Russia:113 min | USA:113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873.See more »
Anachronisms: The oil lamps in the courtroom had incandescent mantles. In fact, the mantle was not invented and patented until 1885.See more »
Maren Hontvedt:I have discovered in my life that it is not always the nature of god nor why he may bring in one night pleasure & death & rage & tenderness all intermingled so that one can barely distinguish one from the other... and it is all that one can do to hang onto sanity.See more »
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References Knife in the Water (1962)See more »
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47 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
half a good film, 1 August 2003
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

In its basic structure and format, `The Weight of Water' is very similar to the far more impressive film `Possession' from 2002. In both movies, we get two different stories running simultaneously: one, a mystery set in the past, and, the other, a personal drama located in the present, involving a group of characters reflecting on and trying to make sense of the events that took place a century or so earlier.

The story-within-a-story in `The Weight of Water' is a true-life account of a brutal double murder that took place on a remote island off the coast of New Hampshire in the 1870's. Two out of the three women who were on the island that fateful night fell victim to the murderer, with the third escaping and fingering a man - a former boarder - as the culprit. The man was convicted and hanged for the offense, yet, more than a century later, a shadow of doubt hangs over the verdict. One of the modern-day doubters is Jean Janes, a photographer who ventures to the island to do a shoot of the location, only to find herself strangely obsessed with uncovering the truth about the case. Accompanying her on her quest are her husband, Thomas, a celebrated poet; Rich, his handsome brother whose boat they use to get to the island; and Adaline, the latter's gorgeous girlfriend who also happens to be a devotee of Thomas' literary work and a bit of a `groupie,' as it turns out, in both tone and temperament, attaching herself rather obviously to the talented young bard, despite the fact that his observant wife is on the boat with them. As in `Possession,' the filmmakers in this film - screenwriters Alice Arlen and Christopher Kyle and director Kate Bigelow - shift constantly between the past and the present, allowing us to piece together the clues as to what really happened on that island over 130 years ago, and, at the same time, to examine the strained relationships among those contemporary figures looking for the answers.

The problem with `The Weight of Water' - as it is in many films with this dual-narrative structure - is that one story almost inevitably ends up dominating over the other. Certainly, both tales seem to want to make the same unified point: that love and passion are often such overwhelming forces in our lives that they can end up destroying us in the process. How often do luck, fate, personal demons or societal pressure force us to compromise those elemental passions raging within our hearts, leading us, ultimately, to all the wrong choices and wrong partners that we end up having to live with for the rest of our lives? This is certainly the case in the part of the story set in the past where loneliness, regret, even incest and lesbianism play a crucial part in what happens to the characters. We can understand what motivates these individuals to do what they do, since their hungers, needs and intentions are cleanly laid out and clearly defined.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the outer story set in the present. These characters lack the necessary delineation to make us truly understand where they are coming from or to make us care where they are going. Catherine McCormack does a superb job as Jean, capturing the fears, jealousies and anxieties of this insecure modern woman, but the screenplay doesn't let us into her mind enough to show us what is really going on beneath the surface. We know that she is unhappy in her marriage, but we never really get to know why. The situation is not helped one bit by Sean Pean who barely registers an emotion in the crucial role of Jean's husband. Apart from the fact that he seems to be brooding all the time, we never get the sense that Thomas could really be the world-class poet we are told he is. As Adaline, Josh's tawny-haired girlfriend, Hurley looks great in her bikini, of course, but the character is little more than the stereotypical temptress placed there by the writers to serve as a source of strain and tension on the marriage. The movie also builds to a mini- `Perfect Storm'-type climax that seems forced, phony, arbitrary and all too convenient and, worst of all, fails to make the connection between the two narratives clear and comprehensible. The final scenes seem strained at best, as the authors attempt to bring all the disparate elements together - but to no real avail. The fact is that the filmmakers never make their case as to why we should find any kind of meaningful parallels between the characters and events in the two stories. The characters in the past are obviously hemmed in by the repressive society in which they live so we give them a little leeway and offer them our sympathy; the characters in the present, with so many more options open to them, just come across as whiney and self-pitying and we find ourselves growing more and more impatient with them (all except Jean, that is) as the story rolls along.

`The Weight of Water' wants to be an important and meaningful film, but only one half of its story truly earns those adjectives.

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