In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival. Several different societies exist. The Mariner falls from his customary and solitary existence into having to care for a woman and a young girl while being pursued by the evil forces of the Deacon.Written by
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Kevin Costner demanded the VFX crew hide his receding hairline digitally, which was not a cheap feat in 1995. See more »
Judging from the trading scene between the Mariner and the crazy drifter, paper appears to be a highly rare and valuable commodity, and yet the Smokers burn large amounts of paper by smoking cigarettes. However, the Smokers are portrayed as pirates, who don't trade with anyone, just take by force, so their idea of material wealth is much different than that of the traders. In fact, the Smokers' technology and oil supply (not to mention alcohol) would be much more valuable than any amount of paper, had they decided to trade with others, instead of robbing them. See more »
You're not so tough, you know that? How many people have you killed? Ten? Twenty?
You talk a lot.
I talk a lot because you don't talk at all. Now, how many?
Including little girls?
I'm not afraid of you. I told Helen you wouldn't be so ugly if you cut your hair.
In fact, you talk all the time. It's like a storm when you're around!
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The Earth in the Universal logo zooms into the Mariner's boat, with the ice caps melting and causing the world to be flooded. See more »
Another difference between the theatrical cut and the extended cut is the scene where Dennis Hopper's character gets his first look at his new eyeball in the mirror. In the theatrical version he says it looks like shit. In the extended version the repeated use of the word "shit" in this scene is replaced with the world "slime". See more »
I just had to disagree with the first guy who thought it was simply awful. This is a big budget movie and it looks it. There are a number of metaphors going on in this story - maybe too many. But it really has a MaxMax on the Water feel to it. It's actually pretty fun and like the Mad Max movies - doesn't take itself too seriously.
This was one of those movies that just got creamed by the press because they get very upset when movies cost a lot and in their minds - too much.
Also - Costner was becoming a very big star - and the press loves to buildup stars and once their huge, they love to tear them down. This was a tear down.
Heaven's Gate wasn't awful - but just too slow. This movie isn't awful either, and neither is it slow. And if you're a motorhead - its extra fun. Dennis Hopper chews up the scenery like a famished dinosaur and he's so much fun he makes Kevin's character look a little under-written.
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