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


Jay Russell


Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenplay), Dick King-Smith (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Allpress ... Jock McGowan
Geraldine Brophy ... Gracie
Eddie Campbell Eddie Campbell ... Hughie (as Edward Campbell)
Ben Chaplin ... Lewis Mowbray
Peter Corrigan Peter Corrigan ... Jimmy's Buddy #1
Brian Cox ... Old Angus
Carl Dixon Carl Dixon ... Gunner Corbin
Alex Etel ... Angus MacMorrow
Nathan Christopher Haase ... Male Tourist
Craig Hall ... Charlie MacMorrow
Ian Harcourt ... Jimmy McGarry
Rex Hurst Rex Hurst ... Jimmy's Buddy #2
William Johnson William Johnson ... Clyde
Megan Katherine Megan Katherine ... Female Tourist
Elliot Lawless Elliot Lawless ... Beach Kid


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Originally, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) was supposed to be released in Christmas 2007, but when The Water Horse was announced to have that release date, Narnia was pushed back six months. See more »


Miss McMorrow stated to the captain that her man is in the war in the RAF. To Lewis Mowbray she stated that his ship is sunk for a year ago. Looking at the scenery the story take place at he end of spring or begin summer 194. If Lord McMorrow is in the RAF station on a ship the only aircraft carriers sunk in 1941 were the ark royal and the Audacity but only in late 1941, November and December, If he was on one of those ship she already had received message of his missing. The Ark Royal sank in tow to Alexandria so there should be a list of died and survived personal. The Audicety sank in December 1941 and could not be the ship he war placed on because the event was only 6 or 7 months for the story took place. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

No Sea Monsters were harmed during the making of this film. See more »


Spoofs Free Willy (1993) See more »


String Quartet in G Major, K.387, First Movement
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A Heart touching Movie
2 June 2009 | by flyingsaucerSee all my reviews

There are some movies which make you smile and cry at the same time(I didn't cry). This movie is that sort of movie.

The movie starts with an old man telling the old legend of Water Horse to a couple. The story relates to a boy, who lives with his mother and sister. The military just takes over their house during the war time, and the family is forced to live with them. This boy finds a small shining stone and brings it to his house and in the morning after the stone was brought, the stone is not there, instead there are pieces of it, and there in that room a small creature is present. This is the Water Horse. The child takes care of it without raising the suspicions of his mother, but the creature grows so huge in so small time that he is forced to drop it back in the ocean.

The relationship between the creature and boy is shown well in the movie, covering all the emotional angles with panache. The direction is consistent. Although it may not blow your mind with excitement, it is a calm movie which makes one think of the nature of man. I would recommend it.

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Release Date:

25 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,186,054, 30 December 2007

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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