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The Waterdance (1992)

R | | Drama, Romance | 13 May 1992 (USA)
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and ... See full summary »

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Neal Jimenez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Joel Garcia
Helen Hunt ... Anna
William Allen Young ... Les
James Roach James Roach ... Guy in the Electric Wheelchair
Elizabeth Peña ... Rosa
Henry Harris Henry Harris ... Mr. Gibson
Tony Genaro ... Victor
Eva Rodriguez Eva Rodriguez ... Victor's Wife
Erick Vigil Erick Vigil ... Victor's Son
Edgar Rodriguez Edgar Rodriguez ... Victor's Son
Angélica Castell Angélica Castell ... Victor's Daughter
William Forsythe ... Bloss
Grace Zabriskie ... Pat
Wesley Snipes ... Raymond Hill
Kimberly Scott ... Alice
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as each character tries to deal with his new found handicap and the problems that go with it, especially Joel, whose lover Anna is having as difficult a time as he is. As Raymond reveals a dream about dancing on the surface of a lake to stay afloat, it becomes apparent that each of them must find his own Waterdance to survive his tragedy. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Imagine being trapped inside your own body. Imagine being set free. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterdance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,313, 17 May 1992

Gross USA:

$1,723,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,723,319
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Twenty years after this movie was released, Helen Hunt again played a married woman involved in an extramarital sexual relationship with a paralyzed man in The Sessions (2012). See more »

Quotes

Raymond Hill: If a man's got a problem with race, it means he's ignorant and fearful. Right? You're a writer, tell him!
Joel Garcia: Could just be a zinc deficiency.
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I loved working on this film!
1 May 1999 | by jeff-190See all my reviews

I loved working on this film with Neal and Michael. It was gold in my hands, and I knew it. Cut on film, the script and performances were superb, and I am so glad to see your reviewer gave Mr. Forsythe his due, as I absolutely loved him in this film. The first day of dailies he came up to me, leaned into me very closely and said "Choices, Jeff, choices", and then walked away. His choices were wonderful, and he won best actor at the Houston Film Festival, and the film took the Audience Award and the Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992. Neal was wonderful to work with, and is still a close friend, and that cannot be said of too many in this fickle town. He wrote a great script, and he and Mike got the performances of a lifetime out of everyone. Eric, Helen Hunt, one of Wesley Snipe's best to this day, and it was wonderful to be a part of the experience that was Neal's life. It was also interesting that Gale Anne Hurd, of action movie fame (Terminator, etc.), chose to produce it and get the film made. When it won at Sundance she threw her arms around me and said "We did it!" Neal, of course, was the man who did it, but it was great to be along on that ride. Jeff Freeman


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