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The Waterdance (1992)

R | | Drama, Romance | 13 May 1992 (USA)
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and ... See full summary »

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Neal Jimenez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Joel Garcia
Helen Hunt ... Anna
William Allen Young ... Les
James Roach James Roach ... Guy in the Electric Wheelchair
Elizabeth Peña ... Rosa
Henry Harris Henry Harris ... Mr. Gibson
Tony Genaro ... Victor
Eva Rodriguez Eva Rodriguez ... Victor's Wife
Erick Vigil Erick Vigil ... Victor's Son
Edgar Rodriguez Edgar Rodriguez ... Victor's Son
Angélica Castell Angélica Castell ... Victor's Daughter
William Forsythe ... Bloss
Grace Zabriskie ... Pat
Wesley Snipes ... Raymond Hill
Kimberly Scott ... Alice
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Storyline

A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as each character tries to deal with his new found handicap and the problems that go with it, especially Joel, whose lover Anna is having as difficult a time as he is. As Raymond reveals a dream about dancing on the surface of a lake to stay afloat, it becomes apparent that each of them must find his own Waterdance to survive his tragedy. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Sometimes, life happens by accident. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Despertar Para a Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,313, 15 May 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,723,319
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Stoltz spent three months in a wheelchair in preparation for his role in this movie, and stayed in the chair throughout filming as well. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Come on, I had a good time. Really. We saw a movie!
Joel Garcia: A bad, bad, bad, bad, bad movie.
Anna: Well, the dinner was... pretty bad too. Yeah. The whole day kind of sucked, didn't it?
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Written by James Adam
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Excellent character study buoyed by exceptional Stoltz & Hunt
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE WATERDANCE (1992) ***1/2 Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe, Elizabeth Pena, Grace Zibriskie. Excellent character study of a young author's freak paralyzing accident opens his eyes to the challenges life truly offers despite the limitations. Ensemble work at its finest and inspired in part autobiography of co-director Neal Jiminez' fate( he co-directed with Michael Steinberg).


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