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The Shape of Water (2017)

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At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elisa Esposito
... Richard Strickland
... Giles
... Zelda Fuller
... Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
... Amphibian Man
... Fleming
... General Hoyt
... Bernard
... Mihalkov
... Elaine Strickland
... Brewster Fuller
... Yolanda
... Mr. Arzoumanian
... Pie Guy
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From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times See more »


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8 December 2017 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

La forme de l'eau  »

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Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,859,435, 3 May 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$194,349,972, 29 April 2018
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Director Guillermo del Toro wrote lengthy backstories for each of the major characters, some of them reportedly running over forty pages long. After casting the roles, he offered them to the actors and said they could choose to utilize or ignore the backstories for their own character. The actors responded differently, with Richard Jenkins saying he ignored the backstory, stating, "The only thing that matters is what happens on screen," while Michael Stuhlbarg said he read the backstory voraciously and found it helpful in his performance. See more »

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When Giles asks Elisa to turn off the TV because he doesn't like what's being shown, some of the footage appearing on the screen is of civil rights protesters being attacked by police dogs and sprayed with fire hoses. The most famous incident of such police attacks on civilians-and the likely source of the footage-was in Birmingham, Alabama, but it happened in May 1963, the year after the movie took place. See more »

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Giles: If I spoke about it - if I did - what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince's reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don't know... Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to ...
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Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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An Unnecessary Exploitation
6 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

The whole movie is an unendurable combination of cliches that don't add up or become interesting at any point. The discretely repeated attempts at delivering overused social messages makes it even worse. Even those messages are shallow in content, irrelevant to the movie and extremely unoriginal just as the story itself. I hoped during the movie that it would get better at some point but it went just worse. For those who are aware of these issues this is just a pretentious attempt and for the rest they don't care or won't get that message from a movie like this one.

I witnessed one of the worst movies of all times. You can't blame a movie for receiving an award but this clearly shows the demise of the movie industry as such movies can be produced and nominated and awarded just because of the exploitation of the social issues, and juries getting revenge and amplify the message with their own means. Engineering the marketing of overrated films became the norm.

Oscar winning motion pictures often became classics now they are not even worth a second view. This one doesn't even deserve to be watched.


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