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Waterproof (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | 2 August 2001 (USA)
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A mother flees to her hometown after her son gets into trouble.

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Barry Berman

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Barry Berman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitman Mayo ... Sugar
April Grace ... Tyree Battle
Burt Reynolds ... Eli Zeal
Cordereau Dye Cordereau Dye ... Thaniel Battle
Brandon Crawford ... Gang Kid #1
Ja'net DuBois ... Viola Battle
Orlando Jones ... Natty Battle
Anthony Lee Anthony Lee ... 'Brother Big' Battle
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Garage Manager
Al Wiggins Al Wiggins ... D.C. Detective
Gil Johnson Gil Johnson ... Chris Hardwick
Leland L. Jones ... Rev. Ferris Grouse (as Leland Jones)
Darrell Harlee Darrell Harlee ... Church Piano Player
Joe Inscoe ... Dr. Austin
Whitney Tucker Whitney Tucker ... Tyree, 6 years old
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Storyline

Eli Zeal is a bitter Jewish shopkeeper who is shot during a hold-up attempt by the 11-year-old son of a single mother in Washington, DC. Distraught and with nowhere else to turn, the boy's mother Tyree Battle kidnaps the wounded Zeal and along with her son, flees to her small hometown of Waterproof, Louisiana - and a family she hasn't seen in years. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of the deep south, Zeal finds himself surrounded by Tyree's brothers - one battling a severe brain injury, the other an angry alcoholic - her hundred year old grandfather and a mother of irrepressible faith. But, as they work to nurse Zeal back to health, dark shadows begin to emerge from the family's past - forcing them to confront a dreadful secret that has torn them apart. Written by Cloud Ten Pictures

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Eli Zeal is about to learn that to err is human... and to forgive divine.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Cloud Ten pictures [Canada]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Toda Prova See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was completed in 1998 after 24 days of production, but was never released because it lacked a distributor. In July 2001, Cloud Ten Pictures snatched up the film rights. See more »

Quotes

Tyree Battle: [referring to Eli's bleeding arm] Thaniel, give me something to tie off this!
Thaniel Battle: [from car's back seat] Like *what*?
Tyree Battle: Like anything, but - Take your pants off and lean up here!
Thaniel Battle: No way!
Tyree Battle: Don't *push* me, boy!
Eli Zeal: *Now* he's pushy?
Thaniel Battle: [wrapping pants around Eli's arm] Am I going to jail, Mama?
Tyree Battle: [shouting, semi-staccato] If you *live* that long!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is a shot of Eli Zeal's Jewish store. On the front window is a sign that says "For Sale" See more »

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Heartwarming, Family Friendly, Great Cast, Great Script!
6 November 2001 | by cgsdesignsSee all my reviews

I watched Waterproof the first night I got it. I was not sure what to expect when I started watching it other than that it had to be safe for the entire family because it was put out by Cloud Ten Pictures.

I was delightfully surprized when I found myself laughing at "Sugar", and by the time the movie finished, I felt like part of the "family".

While most people may be drawn in by Burt Reynolds, I believe that this has to be one of his best performances ever! He is witty, spunky, and yet soft and gentle too. I was actually amazed that it was the same Burt Reyenolds of years ago.

Whitman Mayo brings the cast into complete harmony with his elderly charm, his great sense of humor and his smile and laugh. He will surely be missed.

This is a wonderful movie with something for everyone. There is action, adventure, romance, comedy, and best of all, the message of Jesus Christ. It is a must see for any family. I myself have seen it over a dozen times and it just keeps getting better.


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