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Waterland (1992)

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Tom Crick, a high school history teacher, is having trouble connecting - with his class, with his wife. He ventures into telling his class stories about his young adulthood in the Fens ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Graham Swift (novel), Peter Prince (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Tom Crick
Sinéad Cusack ... Mary Crick
Grant Warnock Grant Warnock ... Young Tom
Lena Headey ... Young Mary
Callum Dixon ... Freddie Parr
Sean Maguire ... Peter (as Sean McGuire)
Ross McCall ... Terry
Camilla Hebditch Camilla Hebditch ... Shirley
David Morrissey ... Dick Crick
John Heard ... Lewis Scott
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Maggie Ruth
Ethan Hawke ... Matthew Price
Cara Buono ... Judy Dobson
Pete Postlethwaite ... Henry Crick (as Peter Postlethwaite)
Stewart Richman Stewart Richman ... Ernest Atkinson
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Storyline

Tom Crick, a high school history teacher, is having trouble connecting - with his class, with his wife. He ventures into telling his class stories about his young adulthood in the Fens district in England. The emotional wounds from his younger life wash over him in present day, affecting his work and his relationships with his students and his wife. Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language, and for an abortion scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis seiner Liebe See more »

Filming Locations:

East Anglia, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,034,287
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Jeremy Irons; and three Oscar nominees: Pete Postlethwaite, Ethan Hawke and Maggie Gyllenhaal. See more »

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[first lines]
Tom Crick: Once upon a time, children, there was a history teacher who came home one day, after giving a class on the French Revolution, to find that his wife, the woman he loved since they were children, had herself committed a revolutionary, a miraculous act.
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Good, but far inferior to the book
7 July 2006 | by pablocarlosSee all my reviews

As a huge fan of Graham Swift's novels, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this complex and detailed work was compressed into film form. While I think Jeremy Irons, David Morrissey and Sinead Cusack are all outstanding in this film, I really feel that the transplanting of the frame from England to America diminishes the story. Surely Price's nihilism is not merely a standard adolescent world-weariness, but a form of the punk sensibility contemporary with the book's appearance. Still, the film does a good job of capturing the sense of place in its English scenes, and handles the poignancy of the story effectively. The film is good, but the book is immense.


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