USA Today - 07/28/1995
"...A 2 1/4-hour aquatic pursuit pic with bruising stunts, fun-to-watch performances, a dozen good chortles and imposing Panavision renderings of post-apocalyptic crud....[WATERWORLD] clearly has the makings of a cult movie..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 01/26/1996
"...The Existential Raft Drama....Exciting and even funny..."
Variety - 07/24/1995
"Highlighted by some action scenes unlike anything seen before and effective in creating a unique landless universe in a perilous future..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/28/1995
"...The world the Mariner inhabits ranks with Costner's performance as one of the film's most successful creations....WATERWORLD has some haunting underwater visual moments..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/28/1995
"...WATERWORLD is a decent futuristic action picture with some great stunts..."
In a flooded future Earth, people cling to man-made floating islands for survival. When a tyrannical madman driving a supertanker over the world in search of "dry land" invades one of these islands a mysterious wanderer named the "Mariner" rescues a woman and her adopted daughter from the slaughter and they embark on a quest that could save mankind. Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound.
The future has arrived, and it brings a world composed entirely of water, due to the melting of the polar ice caps. In this desperate society one must distill one's own urine for drinking water, and land is only a myth people dream of. Roaming the high seas is the Mariner, a surly, selfish man/fish mutant with no name. But his loner existence changes when a woman named Helen and an orphaned girl named Enola save his life, and the Mariner reluctantly agrees to take them along with him. At first the Mariner has a rocky relationship with his two passengers; then he realizes that the tattoo on Enola's back is a map leading to the never-seen "Dryland". But as the trio struggles to decipher the map, they must also try to escape a band of filthy, reckless thugs known as "Smokers", led by the maniacal, one-eyed Deacon. Then the Smokers kidnap Enola, turning the Mariner into a one-man killing machine desperate to rescue his human map. And only if he succeeds will they ever know the feel of solid ground beneath their feet.
High Seas |
Theatrical Release |
Released theatrically in the USA July 28, 1995.
A Universal and Lawrence Gordon presentation of a Gordon Co./Davis Entertainment Co./Licht/Mueller Film Corp. production.
Shot in anamorphic widescreen. Color by DeLuxe.
Sound in DTS stereo.
The film cost $175 million, which works out to $1.3 million per minute. Thanks to extremely good overseas box office, where it pulled in about $166 million (nearly double its domestic gross), "Waterworld" managed to earn back its cost.
Additional credits: Scott Robertson, L. David Silva, Melanie Grefe, David Hallinan (assistant directors); Sean McCarron (2nd unit assistant director). Visual Effects: Sean Phillips (digital effects supervisor); Chris Edwards (digital imaging supervisor); Andre Bustanoby (3D Tracking). Additional Visual Effects: Composite Image Film, E-Film, Pacific Ocean Post, 525 Post Production, Editel, OCS Freeze Film.
The film earned $88.2 million at the box office in 1995.