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The Weight of Water -- A century-old double murder haunts Jean (Catherine McCormack), a photographer who travels to Smuttyhouse Island, the scene of the crime, to investigate.
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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
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-Luft  (as 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
Stephen Heslin .... post-production assistant (as Stephen Koncelik)
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
Maggie Thomas .... script supervisor
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 »
Factual errors: When the tea kettle reaches boiling, we see steam escaping not only from the lid but also from the completely uncapped spout. And yet there is a whistling noise. Steam doesn't just whistle. It has to travel through a pressure release valve to make a sound. This kettle clearly did not have one.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 »
Movie Connections:
References Knife in the Water (1962)See more »
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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
By the numbers drama, 14 June 2003
Author: rosscinema from United States

I like Kathryn Bigelow as a director and she can direct any type of film no matter how technically challenging but their was something really lacking in this film. I'm not sure what it is but my guess is its imagination. Their is nothing special about this story. The film is about two stories. One a true story about two women that were murdered at the Isles of Shoal in New Hampshire in 1873. The other takes place in contemporary times and its about a writer named Thomas Janes (Sean Penn) and his photographer wife Jean (Catherine McCormack) who are going to spend time on a chartered yacht with his brother Rich (Josh Lucas) and his sexy girlfriend Adaline (Elizabeth Hurley). While on the yacht they visit the the actual murder area and Jean starts to read actual letters and transcripts about the case and thinks that the man Wagner (Ciaran Hinds) who was hanged for the murder is actually innocent. The film goes back and forth telling both stories and the first has a woman named Maren (Sarah Polley) who is married but doesn't love her husband. One day her brother comes to visit with his new wife and this makes Maren upset. She is in love with her own brother and they share an incestuous past! The second story has Thomas jealous of his brother and jealous of his wife but still can't help but to stare and flirt with Adaline. The editing in the film tries to intercut both stories but the rhythm and flow seem uneven. The film tries very hard to make us think that both of these stories have a connection between them. But except for the obvious that its about trying to make amends for the past, their really is no hardcore evidence that they are connected. The film looks good, both of them! Bigelow knows how her films should look and she should be commended. Both stories have a very different look and feel and obviously a lot of time was spent on each story. The performances are pretty good especially Polley as Maren. She gives the type of performance that should send out a signal to all studios that she's a solid actress and should be considered for larger roles. Penn also is good as the writer with problems from his past and McCormack is exceptional. She really carries the film and her jealousy and boredom are very evident and understandable for her character. Some have said that Hurley is nothing more than eye candy for the film but I disagree. The film needed an actress that could make us believe that Penn's character would be tempted to stray from his wife and Hurley is so exceptionally beautiful. As she lies in her skimpy bikini or parades topless its hard to not believe that any male wouldn't flirt, even a little bit! But the film lacks any real passion or imagination. The storm at the end of the film seems so forced like its there as just an excuse to set up certain events. It just didn't ring true. When the filmmakers decided they were going to go ahead with this picture, what did they think the point of the film was? It seems both murky and a little contrived. Some real talented individuals were involved in this film but the core of the story seems very hollow.

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