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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

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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The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film received a leading 13 nominations, and won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. It also won for Best Director and Best Original Score at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, on top of five other nominations. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film received 12 nominations, including Best Film. Of those, it won two BAFTAs, for Production Design and Original Score, and Del Toro the David Lean Award for Direction. 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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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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Puerile Hollywood-style PC propaganda
1 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

The difference between art and propaganda is not simply that the latter has an agenda. Art can have an agenda, too. But it's nuanced, disguised, suggested, induced (sometimes subliminally). While propaganda is singletrack-ed. No nuance, no symbolism, just plain, repetitive, broken-record-style, in-your-face agenda. Think communist or nazi posters. Then again, socialism and anti-Americanism is all the rave in Hollywood, lately. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that commie-style poster movies get all the hype in Hollywood, nowadays.

Well, this is such a movie. You get the liberal perpetual and puerile recipe of the bad "white conservative", the "toxic general", and the not-that-bad soviet spy, which we should forgive anyway because ...uhm, let's see, he dies in the end? The other side of this cocktail of cliches is, of course, the "good open-minded liberal". So open minded that interspecies sex should be no problemo. Oh, but-of-course: God? Pfff! The good-ole liberal bows to no God. And if he does ...it might as well be the latest creature fished in the ocean.

While visually entertaining, the plot leaks like a sieve and the script reeks of political-correctness and anti-American brainwashing.


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