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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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Prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Discovery". See more »


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 »


[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 »


Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »


I Stumbled Over Love
Written by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Performed by Roy Fox and His Orchestra
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Beautiful gentle film, excellent reflections of WWII in the UK
26 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our family (2 kids in high school) went to this film Christmas night. It was a perfect wrap up to a glorious family day. The story line was told by the camera as a story should be told; with reflective moments, beautiful long scenic shots and great close-ups on some of the best character faces one can find in a pub. All of the time taken for this was appreciated by our family. The CGI was beautifully woven into the film so that it did not take away from it, but rather created the water horse to fit beautifully with the surrounding images. He/she was charming and we all root for the dream that there is a Nessie! Mum (Grammy) is British and flew Spitfires in WWII. She told of regiments taking over estates and the events in this movie matches her stories. Two small critical comments: The male/female travelers who open and close the film were far too forced and it felt like they were given the roles as friends of a director/producer? It's too bad because the opening and closing of the film felt awkward and unconnected with the rest of the charming story. There is a sequence of footage of the young lad working that repeated itself that felt like it was just looking for extra shots and couldn't find them. Having done that as an amateur, I was surprised when the pros did this! Enjoy this film. Thank-you to all who worked on it!

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