Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
  • Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
  • Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

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Director: Jay Russell

Cast: Emily Watson, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin

     
 

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A lonely young boy vows to protect the rapidly growing hatchling that emerges from a mysterious egg found on the shores of a Scottish loch in My Dog Skip and Tuck Everlasting director Jay Russell's screen adaptation of writer Dick King-Smith's popular children's…  See more details below

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A lonely young boy vows to protect the rapidly growing hatchling that emerges from a mysterious egg found on the shores of a Scottish loch in My Dog Skip and Tuck Everlasting director Jay Russell's screen adaptation of writer Dick King-Smith's popular children's novel. Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel) has made a most unusual discovery, and he's about to find out just how one innocent boy's greatest fantasy can also be a frightened adult population's greatest threat. Unable to identify the egg that he found while walking the sandy shores, Angus is even more perplexed about the discovery and the creature that emerges resembles what comes to be known as a Water Horse, which Angus names Crusoe. As the bizarre new life form begins to grow at an alarming rate, it soon becomes obvious that Angus will not be able to keep it a secret for very long, and the young boy will have to do some seriously quick thinking if he is to keep his new friend safe.

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Make no mistake about it: the world was ready for another Loch Ness monster movie. Of all the stories from our collective mythology that were dusted off in the early 21st century, this was not one of the ones that seemed like too much of a stretch. Whether it should have been a kids movie is what's debatable. For the best return on the mystery surrounding Scotland's version of Bigfoot, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep should have gotten the M. Night Shyamalan treatment -- at least, the version of Shyamalan that's more eerie and unsettling than overblown and overwrought. But since this film is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's children's novel, the creature is followed from its infancy, where it's like a rambunctious CGI seal -- splashing around in bathtubs, getting chased around the house by bulldogs, and emitting precious bleeps and gurgles. That too could have worked -- after all, the kids love the bleeps and gurgles. Unfortunately, escaping discovery is not the creature's biggest problem. The Water Horse finds its antagonist in a British military unit, improbably stationed on this loch as a cowardly means of avoiding real conflict during World War II. Naturally, the unit's first instinct is to test its most ferocious artillery on the loch itself, leaving poor Nessie to dodge incoming warheads. Fresh off the success of The Chronicles of Narnia, Walden Media was never going to make a Loch Ness monster movie that didn't involve an adorable young British lad (Millions' Alex Etel). But more effort could have been devoted to the narrative inhabited by that monster, regardless of what the source material dictated. Kids aren't likely to mind, but it's the ability to transfix the adults that ultimately determines whether a children's movie is transcendent, or merely adequate.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
UPC:
0043396238589
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
11,303

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Watson Anne MacMorrow
Alex Etel Angus MacMorrow
Ben Chaplin Lewis Mowbray
David Morrissey Capt. Hamilton
Priyanka Xi Kirstie MacMorrow
Marshall Napier Sgt. Strunk
Joel Tobeck Sgt. Walker
Erroll Shand Lt. Wormsley
Brian Cox Old Angus
Craig Hall Actor
Geraldine Brophy Actor

Technical Credits
Jay Russell Director,Executive Producer
Simon Beaufoy Screenwriter
Robert Bernstein Producer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Bright Art Director
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Terry George Screenwriter
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Tony Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Denise Luiso Musical Direction/Supervision
Charlie Lyons Producer
Brad Mill Art Director
Liz Mullane Casting
Charles James Newirth Executive Producer
Barrie M. Osborne Producer
Douglas Rae Producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Philip Thomas Set Decoration/Design
Mark Warner Editor
Dave Whitehead Sound/Sound Designer

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Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: Myths and Legends, The Story, The Characters, Setting the Scene, Water Work: Creating the Water Hourse, Creating Crusoe; Virtual Crusoe game: Raise your very own water hourse from a wee baby to the most magical creature the loch has ever seen!

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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific movie which is very touching.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was a surprise to me because I expected it to be more for kids. It was more than a kids film and actually made me cry. It was heartwarming, sweet and fun. The actors are believable and raise the film up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was excellent. The acting was amazing (Alex Etel). The scenery was good and had a wonderful story. I was going to see it in theatres, but never had time, so I rented it. It was surprisingly amazing. I can't believe that I cried 5 times. I am definitely going to buy it. I recommend it to people of all ages. You can watch it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good family film. Reminds me a little bit of Free Willy, E.T., and a few other movies rolled up into one. When a young boy finds an egg and raises what hatches from within the egg, all kinds of adventures soon follow, leading to the legend of the Loch Ness monster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son, who has Down Syndrome, rarely enjoys movies that aren't animated. But he loves this movie and asks that we watch it constantly. He asks questions thru'out. He never does that during animated movies so even tho' that gets just a bit old, I adore that he does this. Probably the longest conversations we have! I like the movie too mainly because the actors are top-notch and the water horse looks realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finding out what you're afraid of and what you can do to overcome this, can sometimes lead to an exciting adventue. Believing in yourself and having hope for the future can sometimes bring out the best in you. Having responsibility for something other than yourself also shows you that you are tougher than you think. This movie is a great example of someone who broadened his world by thinking about something other than himself and the fun it brought him; and the responsibility to keep it safe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie was entertaining. I didn't make the connection from the title that it would be a tale about the Lochness monster. I won't comment on whether or not I believe in the Lochness monster, but I thought the story line was believable. I bought it as a movie to watch with my grandkids and they loved it, so did my mother. It is a family movie that could be watched by people of all ages. I wasn't familiar with any of the actors, but I still enjoyed the movie. It was worth buying and watching and will probably be watched over and over.
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smell you later, said super-dracula, and wally busted right out like a cap in a peppermint snickerdoodle. who would've thunk it? not even the king of pluto, the righteous robotic sandle-wearing j.c. in shades, doing his thang at the aids rally in paradise. why dance with your cousin when your mama's waitin at home? don't ask me, i'm just the pizza rapizt. but seriously, i am the the only spaghetti savior in my underpants, underwater and under that darn fence. peace to the middle east. can i brotha get a boo-ya?