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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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Based on an idea by Daniel Kraus And Guillermo del Toro See more »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

La forma del agua  »

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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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Esposito is a very common Italian surname that means "exposed" (Latin expositus, past participle of exponere "to place outside"), commonly denoting a foundling, left outside of an orphanage or a convent. See more »

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Early in the film, we television sets on sale in a shop. The images on the screens are of a helicopter and a B-52 bomber. If they represent footage from the Vietnam War, this would be anachronistic because B-52's were not used in Vietnam until 1965. See more »

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[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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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 Shape of Water is simply an aqua flop...
3 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps the most baffling moment from the recent Oscar awards was not so much The Shape of Water being the most-nominated film during the night, but actually winning the following 4 categories:

  • Production Design
  • Original Score
  • Director
  • Best Picture
"Stranger things have happened" some say, but not that much stranger. I'm starting to think 'professional' film critics are taking leave of their senses lately, as they too also rave about this nonsensical, illogical and poorly conceived idea of a motion picture.

Mute girl falls in love with a non-speaking, semi-aggressive aqua-man whom the American government from the 1960's are keen to study for the usual purpose of national dominance.

With the exception of the rather unusual setting, there is really very little to like about it. Audiences will balk at the romance scenes between the two characters... and the only saving grace comes from Michael Shannon, who plays the government agent determined in finding out what they can from their captive.

One is simply left wondering... when this film was presented to those who make them, did no one say, "whoa.. slow down there a moment Tonto, this isn't a good idea."

.... well, judging by the baffling Oscars wins clearly not.


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