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Water (1985)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 18 April 1986 (USA)
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A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.

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Dick Clement

Writers:

Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Baxter
Valerie Perrine ... Pamela
Brenda Vaccaro ... Dolores
Leonard Rossiter ... Sir Malcolm
Billy Connolly ... Delgado
Dennis Dugan ... Rob
Fulton Mackay ... Eric
Jimmie Walker ... Jay Jay
Dick Shawn ... Deke Halliday
Fred Gwynne ... Spender
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Pepito
Chris Tummings ... Garfield
Stefan Kalipha ... Cuban (as Stephan Kalipha)
Alan Igbon ... Cuban
Kelvin Omard Kelvin Omard ... Nado
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Farce about a British diplomat to a West Indian island nation who finds his idyllic existance thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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A lunatic comedy! [Australia theatrical] See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вода See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$510,136, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,256,862
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Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The fictional island name of Cascara, which contained a wellspring of mineral water with a "slight laxative effect" was somewhat of a spoof, as the plant Cascara, (whose scientific name is "Rhamnus purshiana"), is said to produce its own laxative effects. See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Baxter speaks to her husband by megaphone, her voice sounds equally amplified despite the distance between mouth and the microphone varying wildly. See more »

Quotes

Charlesworth: Major "Mad Dog" Hollister, isn't it? Sandy "Take No Prisoners" Charlesworth, SAS.
Hollister: We'll have to move these civilians. Can't see the target for the limbo dancers.
Charlesworth: Those are innocent bystanders.
Hollister: There's no such thing. They're all hand in glove with the gooks.
Charlesworth: We are not in Vietnam now, Major. Those chaps carry British passports. If any of them have to die, it will be by a British bullet.
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Alternate Versions

Original West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 8 minutes. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) See more »

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Water
Written, Performed and Produced by Eddy Grant
(c) 1984, 1979 Greensheart Music
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Satire of the Caribbean, But Some Truth To It
12 February 2003 | by STMylesSee all my reviews

As Michael Caine competes for another Best Actor Oscar, Water has been included by some commentators in the list of the "bombs" he has taken on "to pay the bills." Ill-advised choices such as The Swarm and Jaws III certainly belong on the list, but I have always considered Water to have brought out Caine's comic ability rather well. The satire is sometimes heavy-handed (especially the Texas oil man caricature by Fred Gwynn) but I find that there is some pretty close to target satire of life, culture, and politics on the many tiny isles of the Eastern Caribbean. I lived on a couple of them myself, and I'm always finding some familiar old friends among Water's characters.


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