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Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

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

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$166,142 (South Africa) (12 November 2004)

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$439,590 (South Africa) (10 December 2004)
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"Below" and "Beneath" were two titles considered before director Chris Kentis decided on "Open Water". See more »

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The length of Daniel's sideburns varies throughout the movie. Specially between the hotel room's scenes and the water shots. See more »

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[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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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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Performed by the group Krosfyah
By Edwin Yearwood
Published by Rahdika Publishing (bacap)
Courtesy of Cross Fire Ventures,
Barbados (c) (p) 1995
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Uh, Honey, Where'd the Boat Go?
24 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A short and sweet gimmick movie about two people who are stranded in the middle of the ocean when their scuba diving boat leaves without them and then face the ordeal of slowly dying (of dehydration and/or exposure) or quickly dying (gobbled up by sharks).

The obvious question of course is: can a director pull off a visually interesting film when the bulk of it consists of two people sitting immobile in the water? The answer is yes, mostly. The film does a good job of creating a dreadful feeling in the pit of your stomach, not because we care all that much about these particular people (the characters aren't developed enough or likable enough for that) but because the situation they find themselves in taps into any number of visceral fears that just about anyone could relate to.

And kudos to the writer and director for having the guts to go for the grim, nihilistic ending.

Grade: B


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