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A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

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Geraldine Brophy ...
Gracie
Eddie Campbell ...
Hughie (as Edward Campbell)
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Peter Corrigan ...
Jimmy's Buddy #1
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Rex Hurst ...
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William Johnson ...
Clyde
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Elliot Lawless ...
Beach Kid
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Storyline

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

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How Do You Keep A Secret This Big? See more »


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

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25 December 2007 (USA)  »

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Mi mascota es un monstruo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£760,340 (UK) (8 February 2008)

Gross:

£4,409,870 (UK) (7 March 2008)
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Trivia

The iconic photo shown in this film, taken by the "Surgeons" and purportedly showing a monster, was cropped to make the object in it seem big, but the unaltered photo shows a very small object in the middle of Loch Ness. If it's not simply a toy submarine with a "head" attached (as one of the original presenters allegedly "confessed" in the 1970s), then it could also be the forehead and trunk of a local circus elephant taking a swim in the lake when the circus was not performing. See more »

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In an early scene, Angus pulls out a first aid kit, and the bandage on top is labeled 'Telfa'. The film is set in 1942, but Telfa bandages weren't marketed by the Kendall Company/Curity until 1954. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Spoofs Free Willy (1993) See more »

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Back Where You Belong (Theme from The Water Horse)
Produced by Daniel Lanois
Written and Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
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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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