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Open Water (2003)

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Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

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Chris Kentis

Writer:

Chris Kentis
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Blanchard Ryan ... Susan Watkins
Daniel Travis ... Daniel Kintner
Saul Stein ... Seth
Michael E. Williamson Michael E. Williamson ... Davis (as Michael Williamson)
Cristina Zenato Cristina Zenato ... Linda (as Cristina Zenaro)
John Charles John Charles ... Junior (as Jon Charles)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Estelle Lau Estelle Lau ... Estelle
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Storyline

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. Written by Film_Fan

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Inspired by true events. See more »


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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mar abierto See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,943, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,610,863, 7 October 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,667,954
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Plunge Pictures LLC See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Below" and "Beneath" were two titles considered before director Chris Kentis decided on "Open Water". See more »

Goofs

When Daniel and Susan first submerge, they are still talking to each other despite having regulators in their mouths. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daniel: [on his cellphone] Hey Don. It's Daniel. Listen, don't put the boiler in until I get back. The framing inspection isn't for a couple of weeks, so we've got plenty of time. And I'll check in with you guys in a couple of days, OK? Take care. Bye.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, a fisherman guts a dead shark. As he sorts through the contents of its stomach, he finds Susan and Daniel's yellow camera. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Real Life Survival Movies (2012) See more »

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I Ain't Got Long
Performed by Sam Green & Group
Written by Peter Elliot
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
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Absolutely Awful
6 September 2004 | by cresysSee all my reviews

This is, by far, the worst "movie" (hardly deserves the honor of being called one) I have seen in my life. The setup at the beginning has nothing whatsoever to do with the plot or the rest of the movie, yet it rambles on for what seems like forever. The sex scene, while of course being nothing to complain about, is ridiculous because it is boring and also contributes nothing to the plot. The rest of the movie consists of about 8 minutes of half-baked suspense separated by over an hour of pointless boring filler where the actors are floating in the water, talking about nothing of consequence.

By far the worst part of the movie is the ending. Everyone knows that the only reason for making a film of this type is as a depiction of a triumph of the human spirit in the face of insurmountable odds. To have the actors succumb after not even a full day in the ocean is heartbreaking and ridiculous. Even the big storm talked about turned out to be nothing. I have seen rougher waters in swimming pools before!!

A hainous final insult to the poor couple who had this happen to them in real life. If it even happened in the first place, who is to say since they were never found!!! I can only hope that they have mercy on the filmmakers and forgive them for this atrocity. This movie quite nearly ruined my day, it's only salvation is that it was only an hour and a half long.

How this movie even made it into theaters in the first place is beyond me. What a miserable excuse for film-making. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this movie like the plague.


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