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Plot, Details & Awards

The Waterdance

Rated for language and sensuality.

In Theaters 05/13/1992 , 106min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Neal Jimenez Won
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Neal Jimenez Won
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Michael Steinberg Won
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor William Forsythe Nominated
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Wesley Snipes Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Dramatic Neal Jimenez Won
1991 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Michael Steinberg Won
1991 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Neal Jimenez Won

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