Waterdance

Waterdance

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Director: Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg

Cast: Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt

     
 

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Paralyzed in a 1984 accident, writer/director Neal Jimenez (of River's Edge fame) channelled his own experiences and emotions into his 1991 film Waterdance. Eric Stoltz stars as a young writer left incapacitated by a hiking accident. He is placed in a paraplegic ward, peopled by patients of all races and emotional states. Together with his new-foundSee more details below

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Paralyzed in a 1984 accident, writer/director Neal Jimenez (of River's Edge fame) channelled his own experiences and emotions into his 1991 film Waterdance. Eric Stoltz stars as a young writer left incapacitated by a hiking accident. He is placed in a paraplegic ward, peopled by patients of all races and emotional states. Together with his new-found friends, Stoltz rebels against the hospital system and his own debilitation. Helen Hunt and Wesley Snipes are among the costars in this effective update (though not a remake) of 1950's The Men. Waterdance was given a brief theatrical release in 1992 before being telecast on PBS' American Playhouse in early 1993.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A terrific example of how to tell a sentimental tale without being mawkish, this impressive first film by Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg avoids all the standard-issue nonsense about physical therapy and recovery that has been explored in many movies to create a refreshingly perceptive view of the subject that refuses to take the easy way out. Sexual dysfunction and internalized anger are just two subjects the film brings into the light with refreshing candor.The acting is uniformly superb, with Wesley Snipes especially strong in a rare character role. What is most impressive about the film is its quietness: scenes of blatant screaming matches and Oscar-bait soap opera are absent here, and the film is all the better for it. The Waterdance has an effective core of recognition and sense of genuine empathetic storytelling, making it entirely memorable and irrefutably affecting. This film was an Audience Award prize winner at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the recipient of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, which was awarded to writer/director Jimenez, who himself has been paralyzed since 1984, very much like the character Eric Stoltz plays in the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
UPC:
0043396409194
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
37,837

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Stoltz Joel Garcia
Helen Hunt Anna
William Forsythe Bloss
Wesley Snipes Raymond Hill
Elizabeth Peña Rosa
William Allen Young Les
Ann Blessing Waila Group
Lara Cody Waila Group
John Forsythe Actor
Andy Goldberg Waila Group
Kyu Na Korean Singer
Reni Satoni Waila Group
Sanghyuk Shin Korean Singer
Dean Wein Waila Group
Thomas White Waila Group
Jeffrey Scott Yesko Waila Group
James Roach Guy in the Electronic Wheelchair
Henry Harris Mr. Gibson
Tony Genaro Victor
Erick Vigil Victor's Son
Edgar Rodriguez Victor's Son
Angelica Castell Victor's Daughter
Grace Zabriskie Pat
Kimberly Scott Alice
Casey Stengal Vernon
Susan Gibney Cheryl Lynn
Elizabeth Dennehy Candy
Starletta DuPois Florence
Mirron E. Willis Doctor
Badja Djola Decton
Marco Ramos Tomas
David Aguilar Carlos
Thomas F. Duffy Harrison
Michael Bowen Biker #1
Joey Ciccone Biker #2
Chelsea Madison-Ciu Lucille
Fay Hauser Rachel Hill
Andrea Young Starletta Hill
Tai Thai Sang
Rick Lieberman David Albini
Ed Barkas Western Man
Lyla Chang Korean Singer
Sandra Lee Korean Singer
Joe Goddbiff Derelict Man
Pola Churchill Vernon's Wife
Barbara Alyn Woods Annabelle Lee
Joe Nipote Emcee
Jennifer Ryan Stripper
Adriana Barbor Stripper
Tony Simotes Phone Operator
Rebecca Ruth Sheila
William Forward Cop

Technical Credits
Neal Jimenez Director,Screenwriter
Michael Steinberg Director
Marie Cantin Producer
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Jeff Freeman Editor
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Plummer Cinematographer
Guy Riedel Producer
Bob Ziembicki Production Designer

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