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The Shape of Water (2017)

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At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elisa Esposito
... Richard Strickland
... Giles
... Zelda Fuller
... Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
... Amphibian Man
... Fleming
... General Hoyt
... Bernard
... Mihalkov
... Elaine Strickland
... Brewster Fuller
... Yolanda
... Mr. Arzoumanian
... Pie Guy
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From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,859,435, 3 May 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$194,349,972, 29 April 2018
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Richard Jenkins was cast via an E-mail from Guillermo del Toro with the message, "I hope you love this [the script] as much as I do." See more »

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Strickland gets into his car while it is pouring rain outside, yet he never seems to get wet as he walks outside into the rain and proceeds to enter his car. See more »

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Giles: If I spoke about it - if I did - what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince's reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don't know... Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to ...
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Worst "Best Picture" of all times

The Year 1995. A romantic drama, "Forrest Gump" wins the Academy Awards for best picture and best director. The runners ups included "Pulp Fiction" and "The Shawshank Redemption". Were the last two more worthy of receiving those two awards? Don't know, but still I equally love all three of them for whatever they are. In fact, it was one of the best "Best Picture"s of all times. Fast forward 23 years. A romantic drama, "The Shape of Water" wins those two awards. The runner ups included "Dunkirk", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", "Darkest Hour", "Phantom Thread", etc. Were the other nominees worthy of receiving the Best Picture? Yes! Every single one of them, except "Phantom Thread". I don't know what's the reason behind this movie getting, not only Oscars, but almost every Best Film and Best Direction award. I agree that Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer have given some great performances. But that's all. Besides this, what's so better in it than the other films? Especially "Dunkirk" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"? They are superior thematically and dramatically. We get the same old two lonesome people of opposite gender falling in love, which made them "no more lonely" people. The only difference is one is a mute and the other one is some weird character. Sally's character development and characterization is barely fine. Shannon is a simple one dimensional villain. And that pseudo Aquaman or Amphibian Man or whatever he is, he could've and should've been the best part of the movie but is the most bland part. He has no character development, except for we know he is some type of a "God" which means he will definitely be tortured and do some crazy s**t to give us a happy ending. What is his character, other than that? Watched it three times, still don't know. It just got worse after each viewing. The relationship that unfolds between Sally and the Croaking Fish is generic. The ending is, if not totally clichéd, damn predictable. And full of nonsensical, over the top and pointless nudity and intimate scenes that exhibits its "selling strategy". It was just some altered and inferior and boring version of Beauty and the Beast which makes some sense, but is totally unnecessary movie to be made. Overrated and undeserving movie. It gets a "D+" and a "4.6/10".


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