• Waterworld (1995)


Release Date: July 28th, 1995

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 1997

PG-13 |2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary

After the melting of the polar ice caps, most of the globe is underwater. Some humans have survived, and even fewer still, notably the Mariner (Kevin Costner), have adapted to the ocean by developing gills. A loner by nature, the Mariner reluctantly befriends Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her young companion, Enola (Tina Majorino), as they escape from a hostile artificial island. Soon the sinister Smokers are pursuing them in the belief that Enola holds the key to finding the mythical Dryland.

Cast: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter, Gerard Murphy, R.D. Call, Kim Coates

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Genres: Action , Science fiction

Production Co: Gordon Company, Davis Entertainment, Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Quest, Pursuit, Gritty, Survival, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Waterworld is often entertaining because it's screwy. Could even Ed Wood Jr. have come up with those cigarette-puffing villains, in a world with hardly enough dirt for a tobacco plant? [28 July 1995]

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The script doesn't do a great job with either the spiritual or the physical trek, but the spectacular action sequences occur with enough regularity that strong writing isn't necessary to keep Waterworld afloat. show more

  • 75
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    A two hour aquatic pursuit pic with bruising stunts, fun-to-watch performances, a dozen good chortles and imposing Panavision renderings of post-apocalyptic crud, Waterworld clearly has the makings of a cult movie. show more

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Nominated Achievement in Special Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Sound