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 R.D. Call ... Enforcer
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.


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

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Trivia

The entire slaver faction was written out when the set was destroyed. See more »

Goofs

After the Mariner throws Enola off the boat, Helen runs past him to jump off the boat and simultaneously the Mariner gets up from the place where he sat. Again you can see him standing (in the right corner) in the next two shots on Helen jumping from the boat and on Enola shouting for help. Then in the following shot the mariner is still sitting in his "chair" and holding his aching cheek. See more »

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[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 Universal logo does not appear at the end of this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene that explains where exactly the Mariner got the jet ski he uses to reach the Deacon's ship to rescue the little girl. The survivors of the Atol massacre are ambushed by 2 of the Deacon's men on jet skis, the Mariner kills both men and takes their weapons and one jet ski. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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Composed by Mark Isham
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Underrated action movie with some very funny scenes
3 July 2004 | by smlewis-1See all my reviews

There is no point going through this film and trying to make all the science fit. The scientific fact has been stretched to breaking point. I found this a very enjoyable experience with some of the best comic strip bad guys in any movie. Costner plays a likable, although traditional, nomadic hero taking care of no 1. Fortunately, there isn't really a love element in the film to spoil it too much. This film has numerous memorable scenes that verge on the hysterical including the oars coming out of the oil tanker, the dropping of the match into the oil tanker and Costner's bungie jump to save the girl. Great stuff. I can't wait for the producers to make a sequel.


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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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