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When two divers find themselves stranded in the ocean, getting rescued becomes the least of their worries when a frenzy of hungry sharks close in on them.



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A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. Written by Film_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Otvorena voda  »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,100,943 (USA) (6 August 2004)


$30,500,882 (USA) (1 October 2004)

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Did You Know?


Most of the sharks were provided by professional wranglers, but sometimes a few wild ones were attracted by the bait. Blanchard Ryan jokingly referred to them as "the non-union sharks." See more »


Susan and Daniel's snorkels change from the left side to the right side of their heads and back several times (divers always wear them on the left). See more »


[first lines]
Daniel: [on his cellphone] Hey Don. It's Daniel. Listen, don't put the boiler in until I get back. The framing inspection isn't for a couple of weeks, so we've got plenty of time. And I'll check in with you guys in a couple of days, OK? Take care. Bye.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, a fisherman guts a dead shark. As he sorts through the contents of its stomach, he finds Susan and Daniel's yellow camera. See more »


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Lakonmet Dance
By Rameau Poleon, Henry Sinais, Frances Ashdale
from the recording entitled "Music Traditions of St. Lucia, West Indies"
Smithsonian Folkways 40416
Provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
1993 used by permission
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Finally, back to what movies were meant to do!
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It really doesn't surprise me that some people don't like this film. After all to truly enjoy Open Water one must open their mind and think. In this day and age that hardly ever happens anymore. Most filmmakers just decide to blow things up and hope that it's enough to entertain their audiences. Society in general has become numb what with the plots just laid out in front of us never questioning or asking us to use our imaginations. Open Water is a film that asks its viewers to place themselves at the heart of the movie; to feel the desperation, the hopelessness and the absolute terrifying ordeal. And for a change the movie is shot in a way that allows the viewer to feel as if truly there. Is it Jaws? No and its not meant to be. Maybe that's where the confusion lays. Open Water is a suspenseful film, excellent at that. If you're someone who actually enjoys figuring out the movie for yourself instead of being told in the first five minutes this is the film for you. Score: A.

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