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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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Geraldine Brophy ...
Eddie Campbell ...
Hughie (as Edward Campbell)
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Beach Kid


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

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?


Emily Watson later appeared in the similarly titled War Horse (2011). In both movies she plays the mother of the lad who cares for the titular animal. Both are set during a World War - Water Horse during the Second, and War Horse during the First. See more »


In the workshop, Angus has a toy ship which is clearly seen and is the SS America - this ship was only launched 1940 and would have been relatively unknown in Europe. 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 »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.11 (2008) See more »


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User Reviews

Enjoyable family fare
29 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film this afternoon with my partner. I agree with other posters that the opening modern day scene in the pub, setting up the narrator, felt forced and false. Otherwise, what a wonderful film this was! It's a real "coming of age" story of an introverted young boy, missing his dad (off to war) terribly, and the events that help him come out of his shell and begin to interact with others. The CGI water horse was totally convincing, from newborn baby just out of the egg to full-blown adulthood. It really had a personality. The actors were convincing in their roles, too. My partner and I were brought almost to tears, in a good way, by some scenes. The ending, which I will not reveal, brought the tale full circle beautifully. If not for the jarring narrator scenes, I would have rated this film higher than I did.

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