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


Chris Kentis


Chris Kentis
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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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


The length of Daniel's sideburns varies throughout the movie. Specially between the hotel room's scenes and the water shots. See more »


[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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Performed by the Pupils of the Adi Cokabau
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Good movie but it was a little boring
15 January 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

While vacationing in Barbados, a married couple (Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis) are left out at sea by their scuba diving boat, leaving them at the mercy of the elements including a few hundred very hungry sharks.

Open Water is a love it or hate it type of movie. You will either hate the fact that all they do is float in the middle of the ocean or you will love that idea and enjoy watching the film. For the most part, I enjoyed the movie. It was suspenseful and scary without really being over the top and gory. The fact that the story is based on true events just makes the whole thing scarier. I usually don't really like movies that are "based on true events" since it is usually a cheap gimmick. However, it worked for Open Water and the movie was a little more believable. There were some unrealistic moments but most of the film seemed to be realistic.

Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis play the stranded couple and this is their first real starring roles. They both give good performances adding more suspense to the movie. Chris Kentis did a fantastic job at directing. He knows how to get under the viewer's skin. He offers some very intense and scary moments. While there was plenty of suspense, there were a few yawns as well. There were times when nothing was happening and the film was kind of dull.

This shouldn't really be surprisingly considering the movie is really just about people floating. It didn't bother me too much since the film is pretty short. Chris Kentis may have done a good job behind the camera but the script is kind of weak. There were too many unrealistic moments that kind of hurt the movie. There were a few nagging plot holes that were hard to ignore. They weren't severe or anything, just a mild distraction from the film. I wished there had been some more action to explain what had happened. However, the director wants the viewer to use his/her imagination. The ending was pretty good and it was different from your typical Hollywood ending. In the end, there are enough chills and thrills to make up for the sluggish pace. Rating 7/10

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,943, 8 August 2004

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Production Co:

Plunge Pictures LLC See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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