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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.


Jay Russell


Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenplay), Dick King-Smith (book)
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6 nominations. See more awards »





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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Sony [United States]


New Zealand | UK | Australia



Release Date:

25 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi mascota es un monstruo See more »


Box Office


$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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the picture behind Brian Cox is of the Loch Ness Monster, the location of the film is actually Loch Morar. The monster there is less famous than Nessie and is called Morag. The Loch doesn't connect to the sea so German U Boats couldn't sail in to it but commando troops were trained in that area during World War II. 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 »


Back Where You Belong (Theme from The Water Horse)
Produced by Daniel Lanois
Written and Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
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User Reviews

Great fantasy for adults that still believe!
8 March 2009 | by donnickell2See all my reviews

I thought this film a delight to watch. It offers much in the way of taking us back to when we were young and believed in The Wizard of Oz with all it's fictional characters. I thought this very well done and quite often asked my wife..."How did they accomplish that?" (I'm 80 and have had a career in electronics and am not senile...yet!) This film takes place in Ireland and in what might well be Loch Ness before WW II when the Army was on constant alert for anything that looked suspicious...even if they had to use their imagination to find things. A young boy of about 10 has become a close friend to the monster and proceeds to protect him/her. A coastal watch group was sent to the area to ward off German submarines, and decided the Water Horse was a submarine and proceeded to attack! I felt the film very clever in design and presentation. I especially thought the ending very delightful...don't miss the last 2 minutes of the film!

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