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The Weight of Water (2000)

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A newspaper photographer researches an 1873 double homicide and finds her own life paralleling that of a witness who survived the tragic ordeal.

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

Anita Shreve (novel), Alice Arlen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán Hinds ... Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
Richard Donat ... Mr. Plaisted
Sarah Polley ... Maren Hontvedt
Ulrich Thomsen ... John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ... Evan Christenson
Murdoch MacDonald Murdoch MacDonald ... Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Joseph Rutten ... Judge
John Walf John Walf ... Defense Attorney
Katrin Cartlidge ... Karen Christenson
Vinessa Shaw ... Anethe Christenson
Adam Curry Adam Curry ... Emil Ingerbretson
Catherine McCormack ... Jean Janes
Sean Penn ... Thomas Janes
Josh Lucas ... Rich Janes
Elizabeth Hurley ... Adaline Gunne
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In 1873 on Smutty Nose Island, a bleak island off the coast of New England, Louis Wagner is tried and hanged for the murder of two women. At the trial, the survivor of the murders, Norwegian immigrant Maren Hontvedt, recounts the events that led up to the murder of her sister and sister-in-law. In so doing, she reveals how she was caught in a loveless marriage and her repressed passion for her brother. Meanwhile, in the present-day, newspaper photographer Jean travels to the island off the New Hampshire coast with her husband Thomas, an award-winning poet, his brother Rich, and Rich's girlfriend Adaline. She is researching the murders of the two immigrant women. In a twist of fate, she discovers archived papers that appear to give an account of the murders. According to the papers, Norwegian immigrant Maren Hontvedt, survived the attack, which was allegedly done by Louis Wagner, who had once tried to seduce her. The plot unfolds the narrative of the papers and Hontvedt's testimony ... Written by Anonymous

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Hell hath no fury...


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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873. See more »

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During the conversation about how Jean and Thomas met, Jean is alternately holding a glass and lighting a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Janes: Talent excuses cruelty. Don't you know that?
Rich Janes: Not talent. Genius maybe. You're talented, Thomas. The world is full of talented assholes.
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Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

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Sulli lulli lite ban
Written by Inge Krokann
Performed by Traditional
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An oddly engaging film that explores provocative themes with a welcome adult sensibility.
26 March 2003 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

In spite of it's convoluted plot, there is much to admire about this picture, particularly the sexual tension it exudes. The contemporary story is derivative of Polanski's brilliant KNIFE IN THE WATER, while the flashback story is ripe with atmosphere and an ominous mood that overwhelms the rest of the picture and sustains the whole movie. The ensemble performances are first rate, slightly uneven at times, but generally committed. Elizabeth Hurley is appropriately sexy in her bit, and no less interesting than anyone else, despite what you might expect. This is a rather somber, mood piece from Bigelow, whose reputation as a keen director of action movies is only briefly apparent in this subdued thriller. Well worth a look.


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USA | Canada | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,888, 3 November 2002

Gross USA:

$109,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$321,279
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1.85 : 1
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