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The Water Horse (2007)

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A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jock McGowan
... Gracie
Eddie Campbell ... Hughie (as Edward Campbell)
... Lewis Mowbray
Peter Corrigan ... Jimmy's Buddy #1
... Old Angus
Carl Dixon ... Gunner Corbin
... Angus MacMorrow
... Male Tourist
... Charlie MacMorrow
Ian Harcourt ... Jimmy McGarry
Rex Hurst ... Jimmy's Buddy #2
William Johnson ... Clyde
Megan Katherine ... Female Tourist
Elliot Lawless ... Beach Kid
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Storyline

A boy finds an interesting egg. His curiosity leads him to protect it and want to figure out what will come out of it. He didn't realize that it would turn into something magical. The boy and the Water horse grow a strong relationship together in this wonderful story. Written by kcquail

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Every big secret starts small. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Sony [United States]

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25 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi mascota es un monstruo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£760,340 (United Kingdom), 10 February 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,385,644, 23 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,412,817, 10 February 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,636,188, 18 May 2008
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2.35 : 1
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In traditional Scottish mythology, 'The Water Horse' aka 'Kelpie' is a terrifying people-eating "boogeyman." This beast appears in a pleasing form to lure unsuspecting victims (usually children) to play with it. Once the unfortunate soul had mounted the Kelpie, it would trap the victim with glue excreted from its skin, and drag him or her down to a watery death. Another kind of Kelpie took the form of a handsome man who targeted young women, analogous to the Dracula and Nosferatu of Eastern Europe. Society used these legends to protect young people by teaching them to be wary of adult strangers and dangerous natural formations. Kelpie stories come from all over Scotland, and are not exclusively associated with Loch Ness. It was only in the 1930s, after the popularity of early stop-motion dinosaur films such as The Lost World (1925) and King Kong (1933), that the standard image of Scottish lake monsters was revised to be shaped like a dinosaur or a plesiosaur. Their nature was subsequently changed to become docile, cute and cuddly, because this image is more convenient for creating a tourist attraction. The association of these monsters with Loch Ness specifically, only came about because the first published photo of such a "creature" was made there, around 1933. After that picture (called the "Surgeon's Photo" and seen frequently in this film) became world-famous in 1934, several similar monsters were "sighted" in various locations across Canada, and given names such as Ogopogo and Cadborosaurus. During the Great Depression, happy novelties in the news were popular, so they were covered extensively. The fact that these "sightings" are so convenient for entertainment culture and the tourist industry, suggests that the phenomenon is commercial rather than biological. See more »

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The famous "Surgeon's Photo" of a monster in Loch Ness, published in newspapers around the world in 1934, plays an important part in this story, where it is claimed to be first created in 1942. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female Tourist: What is that?
Male Tourist: It's a famous picture of the monster. But it's fake.
Female Tourist: How do you know it's fake? It looks real.
Old Angus: Oh, it's fake alright.
Male Tourist: Of course it's fake. Everyone knows that.
Old Angus: We'd know, son. There's more to that photo than meets the eye.
Male Tourist: Oh ho, really.
Old Angus: Well, if you'd like to know the real truth.
Female Tourist: Yeah, I wanna know. Come on, it'll be fun.
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Dedicated to the loving memory of Tristan Lascoumes 1996-2007 See more »

Connections

Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »

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Written by Tim Myers and David James Lichens (as David Lichens)
Performed by Tim Myers
Courtesy of Zync Music Inc.
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Highly recommended movie for all ages- don't miss it!
6 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I have just returned from seeing The Water Horse with four of my children aged 16 to 4. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to say the beginning was a little slow as Angus found the egg, but once all the characters were introduced, and Crusoe had hatched, the plot revved along. The pompous Army Captain was fun to watch! The WWII surrounds were wonderful, all the casting was excellent- no wrong notes by any of the cast. The boy playing Angus was really enjoyable to watch. It was a "children's movie" but as a forty-something adult I was swept along into the adventure and enjoyed it very much. I loved how the plot was multi-layered and plenty of tension as Crusoe comes under threat from some trigger-happy army soldiers. I have to point out that Lake Whakatipu in NZ's South Island was used for a lot of the Loch Ness scenes so should get credit from those who loved the scenery! Bravo to WETA Workshop for the realism and believability of the water horse- just gorgeous! He/she has plenty of screen time too. This is a great movie for all ages. It is sure-footed and very enjoyable!! For Kiwis watching it's fun spotting familiar faces in the supporting cast.


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