• Water for Elephants (2011)

Water for Elephants

Release Date: April 22nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: November 1st, 2011

PG-13 |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson), a veterinary student, is close to graduating when a terrible tragedy forces him to leave school. With nowhere else to go, he hops on a passing train and finds it belongs to a traveling circus. Jacob takes a job as an animal caretaker and meets Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), a beautiful circus performer. Their shared compassion for a special elephant named Rosie leads to love, but August (Christoph Waltz), Marlena's cruel husband, stands in their way.

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake

Director: Francis Lawrence

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Flashpoint, Gil Netter, 3 Arts Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Escape, Forbidden love, 1930s, Rivalry, Emotional, Wife, Husband, Melodramatic

Ratings & Reviews

  • 20
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong? show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Will please fans of Sara Gruen's best seller, but it lacks the vital spark that would have made the drama truly compelling on the screen. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Steamy and sexy with a smack of sadism, the movie is a throwback to old-school Hollywood action/romance. show more

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