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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.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Guillermo del Toro (screenplay by), Vanessa Taylor (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 106 wins & 304 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hawkins ... Elisa Esposito
Michael Shannon ... Richard Strickland
Richard Jenkins ... Giles
Octavia Spencer ... Zelda Fuller
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
Doug Jones ... Amphibian Man
David Hewlett ... Fleming
Nick Searcy ... General Hoyt
Stewart Arnott ... Bernard
Nigel Bennett ... Mihalkov
Lauren Lee Smith ... Elaine Strickland
Martin Roach ... Brewster Fuller
Allegra Fulton ... Yolanda
John Kapelos ... Mr. Arzoumanian
Morgan Kelly ... Pie Guy
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La forma del agua See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color | Black and White (dream sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Giles drives his truck up to the underground security gate, the security guard on duty has his radio tuned to John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech to the nation, announcing the discovery that the Soviet Union is building nuclear missile sites in Cuba. This is actually an error in dates. According to Elisa's calendar, the events of the film take place between September 18 and October 9, 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis began October 16, 1962, when Kennedy was shown photos taken by a U-2 spy plane showing the missile sites in Cuba. Kennedy gave his address to the nation on October 22, 1962. See 'Goofs.' See more »

Goofs

In one scene they walk past a store selling TV sets. There are about 12 TV's in the window, each one showing a different show, but there were only 3 networks in 1962 and no VCR's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Featured in CTV National News: Episode dated 23 January 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Remember Tonight
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Pat Boone
From the motion picture Mardi Gras (1958)
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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The flaw of the year!
4 April 2018 | by terranovamd-94611See all my reviews

The more I try to find some kind of justifiable meaning and relevance, the more I find it a loopy, dull load of drivel.


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