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Magic in the Water (1995)

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Radio psychologist Jack Black takes his children Joshua and Ashley on a 'vacation' to a lake in British Columbia. While he grinds away at work the children discover that the famous local ... See full summary »


Rick Stevenson


Rick Stevenson (screenplay), Icel Dobell Massey (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Jack Black
Joshua Jackson ... Joshua Black
Harley Jane Kozak ... Dr. Wanda Bell
Sarah Wayne ... Ashley Black
Willie Nark-Orn Willie Nark-Orn ... Hiro
Frank Salsedo Frank Salsedo ... Uncle Kipper (as Frank Sotonoma Salsedo)
Morris Panych ... Mack Miller
Ben Cardinal ... Joe Pickled Trout
Adrien Dorval ... Wright Hardy
Mark Acheson ... Lefty Hardy
Anthony Towe ... Taka
John Procaccino ... Frank
Tom Cavanagh ... Simon, Patient #1
Garrett Bennett Garrett Bennett ... Christian, Patient #2 (as Gareth Bennett)
Brian T. Finney ... Bug-Eyes, Patient #3


Radio psychologist Jack Black takes his children Joshua and Ashley on a 'vacation' to a lake in British Columbia. While he grinds away at work the children discover that the famous local lake monster "Orky" may not be just a gimmick to attract tourists after all. In fact, Orky may enable them to get closer to their workaholic dad, and help stop local polluters who are dumping toxic waste into Orky's home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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In a small town, on a peaceful lake, a mythical creature is about to surface.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and moments of peril | See all certifications »

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English | Dutch

Release Date:

30 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glenorky See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the movie Ashley is wearing an over-sized powderkegblue (UCLA) football jersey #7. Mark Harmon was the starting UCLA Quarterback - he wore #7. See more »


When Uncle Kipper is showing Joshua and Ashley the totem pole, the camera is pointed down on the characters. As the camera pans lower, a crew member's foot is visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »


Joshua: I'm doing a man thing here. Staring death in the face. Stuff like that.
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Crazy Credits

Orky as Himself [Orky is the sea monster] See more »


Das Rheingold (Entrance of the Gods Into Valhalla)
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
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5 October 2015 | by SnowgoSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, and still give it an 8, even though I wish one important aspect of the story had not been omitted: That of the clean-up of the hazardous waste. Without this facet addressed, Orky's survival is dubious. It is not a deal-breaker for me, but I am wondering why this important scene or dialogue was ignored.

I particularly liked the Native American mythology that was in the movie. The comments by Uncle Kipper about man being able to turn to animal and vice-versa established some important context to Orky and the communication and message it compelled some humans to take heed of.

We never did find out why Orky ripped the arms off of the two "gentlemen". Oh well. Perhaps the Japanese submergible team could have played a larger part in the movie, too.

Mark Harmon did a good job characterizing the transformation that he experienced. The ending was an excellent twist, and one that I did not forecast. The scenes of group therapy were good.

Although I wish we had witnessed the waste clean up, I will not detract a star for that.

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