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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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Inspired by true events. See more »

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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


All four of Susan's hose protectors, where the hoses attach to the first stage, start off being yellow. Towards the end of the film two are either missing or change color. 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 »


References Grace Quigley (1984) See more »


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25 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was to me more like a good piece of theater than a typical Hollywood film. If you are expecting extraordinary gigantic shark attacks this is not the movie you are looking for. Open Water is a film aimed at a realistic account of a couple left out in the ocean and the emotions, struggles, and challenges brought about by that situation. Open Water is more of a drama than a horror film. Some may find it boring because of its lack of detailed dialogue and action. It is like a Hemmingway short story. A good 80 - 90 % of the story lies between the lines and if you don't pay attention you will miss it, and be bored with the 10% you saw.

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