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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Brophy ...
Eddie Campbell ...
Hughie (as Edward Campbell)
Peter Corrigan ...
Jimmy's Buddy #1
Carl Dixon ...
Ian Harcourt ...
Rex Hurst ...
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William Johnson ...
Megan Katherine ...
Elliot Lawless ...
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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

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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?


Originally, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) was supposed to be released in Christmas 2007, but when The Water Horse was announced to have that release date, Narnia was pushed back six months. See more »


When the Hawker Hurricane flies over the Loch, one of the wings is painted black. Originally designed to make the Hurricane easily identifiable by the anti-aircraft gunners, this color scheme was definitively abandoned in 1941, one year before the story is supposed to happen. 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

Dedicated to the loving memory of Tristan Lascoumes 1996-2007 See more »


Goody Goody
Written by Matty Malneck and Johnny Mercer
Performed by The BBC Dance Orchestra
Courtesy of Acrobat Licensing Ltd.
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Good family film
19 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is reassuring to see more and more family-oriented films being issued without everyone having to rely on the Disney and Pixar folks to carry all the weight. That said, it would have been interesting to see what Disney might have done with this story. In the end, I would highly recommend this for family viewing - it has laughs, thrills, beautiful scenery, and a heartwarming storyline that offers opportunities for family discussion.

As with most things, there are good and bad sides to this film. On the plus side, the acting is above-par by all the actors(the adult male leads look startlingly like a young Liam Neeson and a Gaelic Antonio Banderas), the location footage is gorgeous, the period "feels right", and the title namesake is very well executed and most believable. Major kudos to the special effects teams, they did a magnificent job.

On the downside, the denouement is telegraphed well in advance and comes as no surprise, and there are some unanswered questions and several plot lines end without resolution. I have a feeling a "directors cut" would probably restore studio-mandated cuts and resolve these issues. The Director, Jay Russell, has helmed other very successful films (including a little-known but personal favorite "End of the Line") which were also obviously "fiddled with" by studio decree. Such is the business of film-making.

In the end, I greatly enjoyed this film, and plan to add it to my vast collection when it is released for home viewing.

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