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The Water Horse (2007)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  25 December 2007 (USA)
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A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.



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A boy finds an interesting egg. His curiosity leads him to protect it and want to figure out what will come out of it. He didn't realize that it would turn into something magical. The boy and the Water horse grow a strong relationship together in this wonderful story. Written by kcquail

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi mascota es un monstruo  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,385,644 (USA) (21 December 2007)


£4,409,870 (UK) (7 March 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


WILHELM SCREAM: When the Water Horse knocks over the patrol boat, one of the secondary soldiers cries out as he flies into the water. See more »


When Angus first takes the egg into the workshop, you can see the door to the workshop is set in a recessed porch and it is cloudy. The next shot, as he enters the workshop, has the sun streaming through the glass in the door. Whilst it is feasible that the sun could have just come out, it would be impossible for it to be streaming through the glass, given the position of the door in the previous shot. See more »


[first lines]
Female Tourist: What is that?
Male Tourist: It's a famous picture of the monster. But it's fake.
Female Tourist: How do you know it's fake? It looks real.
Old Angus: Oh, it's fake alright.
Male Tourist: Of course it's fake. Everyone knows that.
Old Angus: We'd know, son. There's more to that photo than meets the eye.
Male Tourist: Oh ho, really.
Old Angus: Well, if you'd like to know the real truth.
Female Tourist: Yeah, I wanna know. Come on, it'll be fun.
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Crazy Credits

No Sea Monsters were harmed during the making of this film. See more »


Spoofs Free Willy (1993) See more »


Written by Tim Myers and David James Lichens (as David Lichens)
Performed by Tim Myers
Courtesy of Zync Music Inc.
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User Reviews

Surprisingly entertaining for both adults and children
27 December 2007 | by (Reynolds City Montana) – See all my reviews

When my wife dragged me to this movie I thought I'd be bored. The trailers show nothing except the little monster growing quickly and swimming around happily. What I did not expect is the wonderful, and entertaining background story set in Scotland during WWII.

Now the film has a modern frame as well as the WWII story. An old man tells two young visitors to Loch Ness what they assume is a tall tale. Frames usually don't add much to movies but in this frame is an exception.

In WWII a young boy, who doesn't know his father was lost at sea, finds a strange egg. While the egg grows into a likable, gigantic plesiosaur, a strange man, who might be a German spy, starts as caretaker of the boy's father's estate, and a gunnery unit takes over the estates grounds. The captain of the gunnery unit takes a shine to the boy's Mom, and tries to instill discipline to the boy by treating him like a drill sergeant would a recruit. Meanwhile, the new caretaker decides to keep the boy's new pet a secret. and wins the respect of the boy's mother.

Although there is no real violence in this movie there is a killer (hunter) cook and some shooting. In fact there is a scene with cannon fire that might scare young children. And of course the cook has a tough bull-dog who likes to chase things.

The characters here are well developed and the acting and cinematography is superb. This movie will not disappoint.

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