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The Water Engine (1992)

In the 1930s, Charles Lang invents an engine that runs using water for fuel. But when he tries to get it patented, he is first offered a ridiculously low amount. When he refuses, he is ... See full summary »

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Steven Schachter

Writers:

David Mamet, David Mamet (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Tour Guide
Patti LuPone ... Rita Lang
William H. Macy ... Charles Lang
John Mahoney ... Mason Gross
Joe Mantegna ... Lawrence Oberman
Joanna Miles ... Mrs. Varek
Mike Nussbaum ... Mr. Wallace
Treat Williams ... Dave Murray
J.J. Johnston ... White Haired Man
David Mamet ... Brown Haired Man
Andrea Marcovicci ... Singer in Dance Hall
John Capodice ... Kegan
Peter Michael Goetz ... Soapbox Speaker One
Natalija Nogulich ... Soapbox Speaker Two (as Natalia Nogulich)
Ricky Jay ... Ratty Inventor
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In the 1930s, Charles Lang invents an engine that runs using water for fuel. But when he tries to get it patented, he is first offered a ridiculously low amount. When he refuses, he is suddenly several people are pressuring him to sell. The big oil companies don't want the competition. Now he has to try and keep them from getting his idea, and somehow get it published. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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engine | water | fuel | big oil | 1930s | See All (14) »

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Betrayal is just another game in the world of business.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wassermaschine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Real Con
31 July 2006 | by that_ealing_feelingSee all my reviews

Essential viewing for those of us who like David Mamet's highly stylised dialogue and his always watchable cast of regulars, but it's a shame that someone as sharp as he is, and an expert on con games too, should appear to endorse the apparently undying folk myth of the man (there have been several of them) who invents an engine that runs on water but is suppressed by big business. A film that accepted the falsity of free energy/perpetual motion claims and the villainy of the people who promote them - at least one free energy salesman is probably robbing the local farmers of their savings in a Midwest church hall right now - would have been a really ripe subject for Mamet, and a more satisfying film.


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