WaterworldDirector: Kevin Reynolds
Widely considered to be an expensive failure, Waterworld was an epic vehicle for Kevin Costner, who starred in and co-produced the film, with his friend Kevin Reynolds as director. It was based on a 1986 screenplay by Peter Rader and cost an estimated $235 million, more than any film in history up to that time. Costner eventually fired Reynolds and directed the last few scenes himself. The story was filmed in Hawaii, using several artificial islands, and is set in an apocalyptic future, after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization. The Mariner (Costner) is one of the human beings who has adapted by growing gills. The survivalist lives on a boat on which he is growing a precious tomato plant. He tries to sell the plant and its dirt to the residents of an artificial island built of industrial waste. They imprison him when they discover that he's a mutant with gills. But the island is attacked by the Smokers, a group of oil-guzzling raiders on jet skis headed by the Deacon (Dennis Hopper). The Mariner escapes with Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her daughter Enola (Tina Majorino). Back at sea, the Smokers repeatedly attack, using planes and boats, until they kidnap Enola. Enola's back is tattooed with a map showing how to get to Dryland, the last unflooded area on Earth. But Deacon, who needs to get to Dryland to replenish the Smokers' oil supply, can't immediately decipher it. ~ Michael Betzold
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- Universal Studios
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Cast & Crew
|Zitto Kazann||Elder #3/Survivor #1|
|Sab Shimono||Elder #1|
|Robert A. Silverman||Hydroholic|
|Robert Joy||Ledger Guy|
|William Preston||Depth Guage|
|Kim Coates||Drifter #2|
|Ari Barak||Atoll Man|
|Neil Giuntoli||Hellfire Gunner|
|Greg Goossen||Sawzall Smoker|
|John Toles-Bey||Plane Gunner|
|John Bloomfield||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Alan B. Curtiss||Asst. Director|
|John Dexter||Set Decoration/Design|
|Gary Diamond||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ian Fox||Camera Operator|
|Dennis Gassner||Production Designer|
|Mickey Gilbert||Asst. Director|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration/Design|
|James M. Halty||Stunts|
|Ilona Herzberg||Executive Producer|
|James Newton Howard||Score Composer|
|Mark Isham||Score Composer|
|David F. Klassen||Art Director|
|Andrew Licht||Executive Producer|
|Steve Maslow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jeffrey A. Mueller||Executive Producer|
|Chad Randall||Special Effects|
|Natalie Richards||Set Decoration/Design|
|Marco Rubeo||Set Decoration/Design|
|David Sardi||Asst. Director|
|John J. Smith||Production Manager|
|Paul Sonski||Set Decoration/Design|
|David N. Twohy||Screenwriter|
|Keith A. Wester||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Darrell L. Wight||Set Decoration/Design|
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When I sit down to watch a movie, I want to be entertained, I don't want to watch a documentary, The plot of Waterworld was superb, It really made you think if something like this could ever be possible. I own the original release, but after watching the director's cut, I want that one too. It filled in so many holes that I noticed in the original release. The most telling one was in the final scenes, when they uncovered the plaque stating that Dry Land was actually the tip of Mt. Everest.
Anyone wanting Waterworld, I'd recommend the extended version. The additional materia gives the audience a coherent story. The additional scenes correct the plot holes, and provide needed character development. Several conversations in the original version didn't make any sense, because parts had been edited out, or because what they referred to had been shot but not used in the original version. Either version has an movie with an original setting and great characters. Either version has survival scenes and powerful battles. The smokers are the embodiment of all human decadence and retchedness. Their leaders pure corruption. They were the boogeymen of that age. The Mariner isn't a hero. He's a survivor, a trader, a nomad, and a warrior. Before Helen and Enola, he'd never known what if meant to care about anyone. He'd always been treated as a sub-human monster, he'd never had reason to consider humans anything but an enemy. Helen was a Mother figure to Enola, but not by blood. She'd adopt Enola. Enola had been born on Dryland. Her parent had tattooed her with a map to Dryland, and sent her to Helen's atoll. She and Gregor had spent years deciphering that map. They never would have succeeded without the Mariners knowledge of the cities beneath the ocean. The additional scenes tell why Helen's atoll tolerated her and Enola. Gregor was the atoll's mechanic and inventor. If they'd ever harmed Helen or Enola, Gregor would have turned their electricity off. Also explains the island Enola's map lead to. Helen and Enola find a plaque - memorializing the first time Everest had been climbed. The only piece of land left in Waterworld, was what had once been the highest mountain in the world. At the end: Hellen, Enola, Gregor, and the Enforcer were so delighted to have found land. It's what they'd always wanted and what their bodies were meant for. The Mariner was different. He was amphibious, the sea was his home. While the others found huts and horses, he found a boat. In the extended version: The mariner promised to keep an eye out for others like Helen. He vowed to tell others, who lived with hope, how to find Dryland. He was also determined to learn if there were others like him anywhere in Waterworld.
3 hours made me boring.
Wrong DVD: Instead of getting the 100TH ANNIVERSERY UNIVERSAL EDITION. I got the original DVD case. Also the case is in bad shape. The plastic is all wavy. Finale the disc wasn't even in the middle circle. it was flopping all around inside the case!
I loved the movie Water World. Many people thought this movie second rate, but the concept and story line are amazing! I would so recommend it. I love Kevin Costner!
Just recently I was watching Waterworld on the SCI-FI Channel when I realized it was the extended version of Waterworld. That left me with one question where is the extended version of Waterworld? Beside it has been many years since it was first shown on ABC. Besides I was amazed how much cooler the extended version was than the theatrical version that had large logic gaps in the plot when I first watched it. Even though this movie is cool I still want to find the extended version for my DVD collection. With high imagination and cool stunts that make for high adventure on the ocean Waterworld is one of the best for adventure.
I thought this movie was great! Every Friday night, I used to go in my living room and watch waterworld. I'd start the movie at 9pm. Turn all the lights out and just watch the movie. I think the cast/crew did a excellent job... I like the the view of the city underwater. It makes you think about the future. Doesn't it! I'm now going to buy Waterworld on DVD so I can watch it all the time!
Critics are stupid. Waterworld was AWESOME. The plot and efects, especially his boat, were sooooooooooooo cool. It was realistic and not idiotic. I loved it. And so does everyone WHO ISNT A CRITIC.
Kevin Costner's multi-million dollar rip-off of the 'Road Warrior.' Pretty much the same plot and theme except on water as opposed to desert. Kevin Costner plays a fish-human hybrid wandering in a world now covered with water. He runs into Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and a young girl (Tina Majorino)but soon realizes they bring trouble with the Smokers, a band of cigarette-smoking pirates led by The Deacon (Dennis Hopper.) Grudgingly protecting the innocent peoples from the Smokers, Costner then seeks to lead them to a solid ground paradise. In terms of solid lines and performances there are none except for Dennis Hopper. The story itself reeks of pseudo-science and shows the writer's obvious lack of basic georgraphical knowledge. The story has the only remaining solid ground on Earth placed on the peak of Mount Everest: what a farce! Even if all polar caps and surface ice were completely melted, it is impossible for that amount of water to rise over 30,000 feet evenly across the entire world: there just isn't that much ice in the polar caps and our water supply on this planet is a closed system. The movie is just another sad example of Costner's ever declining career as both an actor and director. I kept on wanting to fall asleep through the film but the explosions and senseless yelling kept me awake.