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The Waterdance (1992)

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Horos se taragmena nera 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

No Frills Film Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The computer/word processor that Anna brings to Joel is an Apple Macintosh Portable, released in 1989. It was one of the first battery powered portable computers from Apple and would be followed by Apple's Powerbook series. Primitive by today's standards, it had a 16 Mhz CPU, 1 MB of RAM, could save data on either a 1.4 MB floppy disc or 40 MB hard drive and had a folding 640x400 black and white LCD screen. See more »

Quotes

[after Joel nearly crashes the van they're in]
Joel Garcia: Boy, he sure came out of nowhere, didn't he?
Sang: It's a good thing we're already paralyzed.
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »

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Funny and poignant
8 January 2004 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes and William Forsythe play three very different men brought together into a hospital ward after each of them has received a paralyzing injury. This is a great film based on the true life experiences of writer/co-director Neil Jiminez. This isn't your typical, sappy, uplifting film about men overcoming personal tragedy. The characters here aren't idealized. They aren't saints. They are alternately angry, confused, prejudiced, self-pitying or funny: in other words, real human beings. This is perhaps the best film ever about men in wheelchairs, but don't let that image scare you. This film is both funny and poignant. Don't miss it.


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