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Deepwater (2005)

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A drifter comes to the town of Deepwater and is seduced into a twisted game of deceit and murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herman Finch
Ben Cardinal ...
Brett Watson ...
Officer Newhall
David Ross ...
Sheriff Stoddard
Merv Hanson ...
Officer Gray
John Boncore ...
Joe Littlefeet
Dan Gottfriedson ...


After recovering from a twisted ankle, the drifter Nat Banyon hitchhikes on the road, trying to reach Wyoming, where he dreams of owning an ostrich farm. However, an incident in a bar results in him stealing a car from the guy that was beating him up. He heads to Wyoming, but on the way he sees a car accident and saves the driver Herman Finch, who owns the Deepwater Hotel. While spending the night in the hotel, Nat is arrested by the police, but Finch releases him from jail and proposes to Nat to paint his hotel. In return, he gives an old blue Chrysler Newport to Nat, and lodges and feeds him in the hotel. While painting the hotel, Nat becomes obsessed with Finch's wife, Iris, and discovers that Finch is a loan shark and corrupt. Furthermore, he hatches a scheme involving a car dealer (Walnut) and his partner, the Indian Joe Littlefeet in the local casino. After the mysterious death of a local and a policeman that had issues with Finch, Nat decides to leave Deepwater; but Iris ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Beneath the surface, the truth lies...


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violent images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deepwater - A Cidade do Medo  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Nat leaves the bar just before stealing the Red Thunderbird, he doesn't have his crutch. Then at the motel the next day, the crutch is somehow behind the seats of the car. See more »


[first lines]
Nurse Laurie: Wow, ostriches.
Nat Banyon: You ever tasted one?
Nurse Laurie: No.
Nat Banyon: They're awfully good. Like beef, but more better.
Nurse Laurie: That's disgusting.
Nat Banyon: Could be. All I know is they pretty much raise themselves. Livestock of the 21st century, they say.
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Quirky mystery holds genuine surprise.
13 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was the only Seattle Film Festival film I went to, and I was pleased to find it better than many mainstream movies I've seen. It was an unnerving mystery that sucked me in and genuinely surprised me.

Peter Coyote's portrayal of a strange motel owner was my favorite part of the film. I've seen Coyote in a lot of movies, and this has got to be the most interesting role I've seen him play yet. You're never sure if you want to love him or fear him, and that ends up working perfectly for the plot.

Deepwater had a lot of creepy, stylish, music-video type moments. The camera work was beautiful, and once you get to the end of the movie, the style of these sequences makes even more sense. I didn't feel like these scenes took away from the dramatic moments which were the core of the movie.

The director answered questions afterwards, and I was surprised to hear him talking about how low the budget was. He described some of what he would have done with a bigger budget, but I found myself wondering if the small budget helped force them to really focus the story. It's too late this year, but after seeing Deepwater I'm going to make sure I see more films at next year's festival.

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