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Waterworld (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 28 July 1995 (USA)
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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.

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Kevin Reynolds
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Mariner
Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi ... Drifter
Rick Aviles ... Gatesman
R.D. Call ... Enforcer
Zitto Kazann Zitto Kazann ... Elder / Survivor
Leonardo Cimino ... Elder
Zakes Mokae ... Priam
Luke Ka'ili Jr. Luke Ka'ili Jr. ... Boy
Anthony DeMasters Anthony DeMasters ... Boy
Willy Petrovic Willy Petrovic ... Boy
Jack Kehler ... Banker
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Helen
Lanny Flaherty ... Trader
Robert A. Silverman ... Hydroholic
Gerard Murphy ... Nord
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Storyline

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 Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Beyond the horizon lies the secret to a new beginning.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of action violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterworld See more »

Filming Locations:

Waipi'o Valley, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,171,780, 30 July 1995

Gross USA:

$88,246,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$264,218,220
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by racing trimarans built by Jeanneau Advanced Technologies' multi-hull division Lagoon; a custom 60 foot (18 m) yacht was designed by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost and built in France by Lagoon. Two versions were built, a relatively standard racing trimaran for distance shots, and an effects-laden transforming trimaran for closeup shots. The first trimaran was launched on 2 April 1994, and surpassed 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) in September of that year. The transforming version was first seen in the film as a sort of raft with a three-bladed egg-beater windmill. When needed, levers could be triggered that would flatten the windmill blades while raising a hidden mast to full racing height. A boom emerged, previously hidden in the hull, and the two sails were automatically unfurled. Once the transformation was complete this version could actually sail, although not as well as the dedicated racer. The transforming version is in private hands in San Diego, California. For many years, the racing version was kept in a lake at Universal Studios Florida, before being restored for use as a racing trimaran named Loe Real, which was being offered for sale in San Diego. See more »

Goofs

When the Mariner rescues Enola just before the three jet-skis collide he leaps off the balloon with a rope around his ankles. Yet when he picks up the girl just in time he bounces back up as if he was on a bungee-rope. He wasn't attached to such a rope and therefore would just break his legs when the rope became taunt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The future... The polar ice caps have melted, covering the earth with water. Those who survived have adapted, to a new world.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

After the Mariner's capture at the Atoll, the inhabitants of the Atoll examine his belongings. Among them they find a Thigh Master, which they believe is a torture device; a garrote which is described as an assassin's weapon used to strangle people; and a flute, which they think is used to spy on people's conversations. See more »


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How to boil water
25 September 2002 | by lwjoslinSee all my reviews

Recipe for "Waterworld":

1) Take "The Road Warrior." Add water.

2) Replace Mel Gibson with Kevin Costner (which would be about like removing Errol Flynn from "Robin Hood" and replacing him with... well, Kevin Costner).

3) Give the Feral Kid a sex change operation and some manners, taking care to swap his lethal boomerang for a box of crayons.

4) Take the Gyro Captain out of his copter and put him into a balloon.

5) Stir in generous but subtle portions of liberal eco-propaganda: without using the term "global warming," have it understood that the world is flooded because of something awful "the ancients" did.

6) Add a dash of oil by making the villains a marauding gang of oilmongers living in a certain famous oil tanker.

7) Add a simultaneously anti-religious AND anti-technological zest by making sure the villains' leader (Dennis Hopper) has a pseudo-religious name (the Deacon) and gives "sermons" about "progress" and "development."

8) Add a smoky flavor by calling the villains "Smokers," not only because of their use of speedboats and jet-skis, but because of their consumption of cigarettes, which were Clinton's drug menace du jour at the time. (Exactly where these cigarettes come from, in a submerged world where no tobacco grows and paper is viewed with awe, is anybody's guess.)

9) Finally, add a pinch of Oriental spice by having the tattoo-map to Dryland rendered in Asian ideographic characters--another implied rebuff to "evil" Western culture.

10) Set oven temperature to 450 degrees and incinerate $175 million.


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