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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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5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Sometimes, life happens by accident. 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:

O Despertar Para a Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,313, 15 May 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,723,319
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2015, it remains as the only film directed by Neal Jimenez. 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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Performed by Earl and The Hoedowners
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A sensitive eye-opener
14 August 1998 | by MeYesMeSee all my reviews

This was one of those films I probably never would have picked off the shelf , but it came on IFC one day and I said - Eric Stolz, William Forsythe...why not? If I'd changed the channel, I would have really missed a treasure.

The subject is depressing - young author paralyzed in climbing accident convalesces in lower-class rehabilitation center. It would have been so easy and tempting to make this a manipulative tear-jerker. But, that doesn't happen because it was written by Neal Jimenez, after he himself was accidently paralyzed. No Hollywood happiness here. All of the patients in the ward come from wildly different backgrounds, but they share a feeling of helplessness, of being at the mercy of others. Stolz is very good as a "lone wolf" type, forced into embarrassing dependence on his girlfriend (Helen Hunt); Wesley Snipes is fine as a former ladies' man whose family is falling apart; but William Forsythe takes the cake as a tough guy determined to make someone pay for taking away his independence.

See this film.


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