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Open Water (2003)

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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,943, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,610,863, 7 October 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,667,954
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According to an interview with Blanchard Ryan, producers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau spent nearly half of the budget to get Stuart Cove and his shark wranglers for two days, and to make sure the two actors would be completely safe around the sharks. See more »

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Susan's octopus (the yellow spare regulator) goes from being unattached to her BCD to attached and back again throughout the film. See more »

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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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Followed by Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) See more »

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Performed by the Pupils of the Adi Cokabau
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Uh, Honey, Where'd the Boat Go?
24 August 2011 | by 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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