7.8/10
74,589
373 user 733 critic

The Shape of Water (2017)

Trailer
1:49 | Trailer

Get Showtimes & Tickets

In 19 theaters near Ashburn VA US [change]

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay by), (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
6 ( 5)
Nominated for 13 Oscars. Another 84 wins & 254 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
The Post (2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Lady Bird (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
I, Tonya (2017)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Get Out I (2017)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

Director: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Darkest Hour (2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Dunkirk (2017)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Molly's Game (2017)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Bernard
...
...
...
...
...
Mr. Arzoumanian
...
Edit

Storyline

From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La forma del agua  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,578,714, 15 February 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,581,992, 28 January 2018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (dream sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Composer Alexandre Desplat provided the whistling featured in the soundtrack. Guillermo del Toro wanted the score to feature whistling because it contrasted how many scenes of the film feature water. See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in 1962, when Strickland proudly drives his new '62 Cadillac Sedan deVille on the street, the occupants in the car next to him are driving a '63 Pontiac Convertible. There is a further car goof later when the Soviet plant, Dr Hoffstetler, leaves his apartment for the last time - there is a white '63 Ford parked in front of the building. See more »

Quotes

Giles: We can do nothing! I'm sorry! But this, this, this is just - Oh God, it's not even human. God!
[Elisa follows Giles into the hallway and hits the wall to get his attention]
Giles: What?
Elisa: [in sign language] If we / do nothing / neither are we.
See more »

Connections

Features That Night in Rio (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from
A Summer Place (1959)""
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Mack Discant
Performed by Andy Williams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very entertaining movie
19 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

I'd never seen a Guillermo Del Toro movie before, but I'd heard of his movies and I was expecting an odd, fantastical film. "The Shape of Water" doesn't disappoint on that score, but I enjoyed the movie. The amphibious creature is very impressive. The movie makes you believe that the woman could fall for him. Octavia keeps it all real with her performance and earthy, snappy lines of dialogue. Michael Shannon gives his usual fine performance as the creature's cruel captor and keeper. His character is certainly "over the top" with his manner and cruelty. The sets are very impressive--the viewer is immersed in 1962 paranoid, cold war America. And of course the female lead actress deserves an Oscar for her portrayal of the mute janitor. She portrays so much emotion--love, desperation, kindness, anger--without a word. I will never be sure what motivates someone to write and direct such a story but congratulations to Mr. Del Toro!


15 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 373 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Black Panther' Costume Creations

"The IMDb Show" visits Ironhead Studio founder Jose Fernandez, who reveals how the stunningly detailed Black Panther costume was created.

Watch now