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
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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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Who will save you? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


During the bedroom scene, Susan is seen reading a magazine in which the page facing the camera has the Philadelphia Flyers logo and would seem to be about the Flyers. In real life, Blanchard Ryan's (Susan) father is CEO of the Flyers. See more »


At the end when a search is started. The sea plane taking off has turboprop engines(Turbine Engine with propellers). The sound is of piston engines. 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 »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Lakonmet Dance
By Rameau Poleon, Henry Sinais, Frances Ashdale
from the recording entitled "Music Traditions of St. Lucia, West Indies"
Smithsonian Folkways 40416
Provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
1993 used by permission
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A fantastic and very human film
18 October 2004 | by chucho_guzmanSee 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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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Open Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,943, 8 August 2004

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Plunge Pictures LLC See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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