6.9/10
95,559
262 user 279 critic

Water for Elephants (2011)

Trailer
2:28 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews
Popularity
3,003 ( 426)
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Remember Me (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A romantic drama centered on two new lovers: Tyler, whose parents have split in the wake of his brother's suicide, and Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother's murder.

Director: Allen Coulter
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Caitlyn Rund
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl flees to France to forget her boyfriend; first his letters pursue her, then he himself follows her there. During a party to celebrate the moon landing she takes her own small step...

Director: Daisy Gili
Stars: Laurence Beck, Marianne Borgo, David Burke
How to Be (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach.

Director: Oliver Irving
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Pidgeon, Powell Jones
One Day (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother.

Director: Burr Steers
Stars: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan
The Vow (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.

Director: Michael Sucsy
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill
The Bad Mother's Handbook (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones.

Director: Robin Sheppard
Stars: Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, Holliday Grainger
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue
The Haunted Airman (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An injured RAF pilot, confined to a wheelchair is committed to an eerie hospital where he starts to lose his mind

Director: Chris Durlacher
Stars: Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling, Robert Pattinson
Bel Ami (2012)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's wealthiest and most influential women.

Directors: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the "Secretaries of Juliet".

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Rosie's Caretaker
...
...
Mr. Erwin
...
Mr. Robinson
Edit

Storyline

After his parents' death, Jacob Jankowski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their unstable boss August whose violent tendencies give everyone reason to be cautious around him, including his beautiful and quiet wife Marlena, whom August is very possessive of and who Jacob finds himself soon falling in love with. Written by mel47

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is the most spectacular show on earth.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agua para elefantes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,842,353 (USA) (22 April 2011)

Gross:

$58,700,247 (USA) (5 August 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

| (home movie sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon's second film together. Reese played Robert's mother in Vanity Fair. Unfortunately their scenes together were cut and are in the deleted scenes of the DVD. See more »

Goofs

The blueish-grayish tights Reese Witherspoon wears are clearly made of a fabric containing nylon. Natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk...) would not result in the even, semi-opaque aspect with no wrinkles in the knee and foot area. Nylon was not invented before the late 30ies, so the tights are an anachronism. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Russ: [in the rain] Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Old Jacob: Did I miss the Spec?
Charlie: Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Old Jacob: Oh.
Charlie: Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them for you.
Old Jacob: No, no! I came on my own.
Russ: It's okay. We're gonna call the home. We're gonna have them come pick you up.
Old Jacob: I'm telling you, I didn't come with the home! Why don't you take those rings out of your head, and maybe you ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Barnum & Bailey's Favorite March
Written by Karl King (as Karl L. King)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Loved the book and very happy with the movie!
23 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Water for Elephants was a WONDERFUL book. I was afraid that no movie could compare to the delicious tale spun by Sara Gruen. I was particularly worried about Robert Pattinson being able to bring life to Jacob on screen (given that he's really only excelled at being a dead vampire). Also, the critics weren't too nice to this film.

I have to say though, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I fell back into the story with the cast of characters. As everyone else has said, the film itself was beautiful and will probably win an award for cinematography. Of course having read the book, much of the descriptive detail of the circus life and circus characters was left out of the movie. Also, the book is extremely heart-wrenching in it's description of old Jacob in the nursing home and some of that feeling was left out along the way (though the opening scene brought me to tears!). Also, some of the scenes with Rosie brought me to tears. They picked a GREAT elephant for the part!! A screenwriter has a time limit to work with when paring down a book and overall it was done very well! If you've read the book, you won't be disappointed...the meat of the story and the characters makes it to the screen. My husband had not read the book and didn't know what he was missing and liked it as much as I did (and even laughed and shuddered along the way with me).

I have to say that I thought the one weak link was Reese Witherspoon. I thought her film portrayal of Marlena came across as weaker than the book version, but she was physically perfect for the part-beautiful! I loved it, it's definitely worth seeing!


46 of 61 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone else feel this film was... Lacking? Minae
Why did the Cornell people disrupt his exam? jmhow
Why would Jacob mispronounce his own name? Nastassya
Anyone else feel this film was a remake of Walt Disney´s Dumbo? franciscocastro
The math of Jacob’s Age diogenes-13
Am I the only one who sees the resemblance? SwayBreezy
Discuss Water for Elephants (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?