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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.

Director:

Jay Russell

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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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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How Do You Keep A Secret This Big? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The film portrays Loch Ness as having direct access to the sea (so much so that anti- submarine nets are necessary). In truth it is 10 miles from the sea along the River Ness in the north, and around 30 miles along the Caledonian Canal to the south. Along that length there are 29 locks which would also prevent submarines (or sea monsters) travelling from the sea into the loch. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Free Willy (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic
Written by Tim Myers and David James Lichens (as David Lichens)
Performed by Tim Myers
Courtesy of Zync Music Inc.
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Good family film
19 December 2007 | by doppleganger19692See all my reviews

It is reassuring to see more and more family-oriented films being issued without everyone having to rely on the Disney and Pixar folks to carry all the weight. That said, it would have been interesting to see what Disney might have done with this story. In the end, I would highly recommend this for family viewing - it has laughs, thrills, beautiful scenery, and a heartwarming storyline that offers opportunities for family discussion.

As with most things, there are good and bad sides to this film. On the plus side, the acting is above-par by all the actors(the adult male leads look startlingly like a young Liam Neeson and a Gaelic Antonio Banderas), the location footage is gorgeous, the period "feels right", and the title namesake is very well executed and most believable. Major kudos to the special effects teams, they did a magnificent job.

On the downside, the denouement is telegraphed well in advance and comes as no surprise, and there are some unanswered questions and several plot lines end without resolution. I have a feeling a "directors cut" would probably restore studio-mandated cuts and resolve these issues. The Director, Jay Russell, has helmed other very successful films (including a little-known but personal favorite "End of the Line") which were also obviously "fiddled with" by studio decree. Such is the business of film-making.

In the end, I greatly enjoyed this film, and plan to add it to my vast collection when it is released for home viewing.


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Country:

New Zealand | UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,186,054, 30 December 2007

Gross USA:

$40,946,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,967,384
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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