After his parents' death, Jacob Jankowski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their unstable boss August whose violent tendencies give everyone reason to be cautious around him, including his beautiful and quiet wife Marlena, whom August is very possessive of and who Jacob finds himself soon falling in love with.
Life is the most spectacular show on earth.
22 April 2011 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Water for Elephants
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Opening Weekend USA: $16,842,353,
24 April 2011
Gross USA: $58,709,717
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $117,094,902
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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The night Jacob and Marlena run away, when Marlena rushes in Jacob's compartment, she wears a black satin robe over her dress which can also be seen when they are standing over the edge of the train ready to jump. However, when they jump and start walking away from the trails, Marlena wears only her dress. The satin robe reappears when they get in the hotel room. See more
[in the rain
Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Did I miss the Spec?
Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them for you.
No, no! I came on my own.
It's okay. We're gonna call the home. We're gonna have them come pick you up.
I'm telling you, I didn't come with the home! Why don't you take those rings out of your head, and maybe you ...
In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI. See more
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Written by Karl King
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