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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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Complete credited cast:
... Susan Watkins
... Daniel Kintner
... Seth
Michael E. Williamson ... Davis (as Michael Williamson)
Cristina Zenato ... Linda (as Cristina Zenaro)
John Charles ... Junior (as Jon Charles)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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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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The actors were tethered to the boat so they did not drift off into the strong currents. See more »

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In the beginning of the film despite going to bed without any clothes Daniel miraculously (and thankfully) gains a pair of briefs for the middle of the night mosquito swatting scene, before waking the next morning. Presumably this an effort by the director to keep the film rating as low as possible. But why not make him go to sleep with a pair of briefs on in the first place? See more »

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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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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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Spoofs Shark Week (1987) 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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A fantastic and very human film
18 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

As I walked out of the theater today, I felt so small and fragile, not to mention I couldn't pronounce a word because I was still very impressed by what I had just seen. This is a film that sets a great example of what movie making should be today. First because it was done without special effects or computers, second because it was very nicely done in terms of lighting, camera, acting and directing and third because it made me feel exactly what the characters were feeling the whole time. I was on my car and still I was left without words. As I drove, I was complaining about how somebody's negligence can have such consequences in other people's lives and reflecting on how arrogant and cocky we get even when we are completely out of our domain, thinking we know better. I am very fund of sharks and I love to see them on film, on TV and as close as an aquarium that has them can let you see them. I just finished reading a book about the USS Indianapolis and believe me there are terrifying stories for you to imagine about survivor's experiences with the sharks, but for the very first time someone made me feel like I was really among them myself and also someone made me feel very scared of them. I was changing positions over and over on my seat during the movie because I was really feeling uneasy and frightened at times. So come and see Open Water and let this movie remind you how fragile life is and how human we are. Live the experience of helplessness, terror and impotence towards what you cant see or solve as if you were really there and your life depended on it. Congratulations to the whole crew.


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