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"The Man From Atlantis" meets "Mad Max." Industry knives sharpened with glee before release, with some insiders calling this luck-impaired project "Fishtar" and "Kevin's Gate." Most of the estimated $150 million budget seems to have ended up on screen, which makes for a visually striking, and at times daunting, film. Costner, who did just about everything but cater the meals, stars as Mariner, a mutant man-fish who reluctantly helps human survivors search for the mythical Dryland since the polar ice caps melted, flooding the earth. The bad guys are the Smokers, led by the evil Hopper, who can play these roles in his sleep. Entertaining, but not riveting, as the budget and PR hype leads one to expect. The floating set was anchored (not very well, apparently) off the Hawaiian coast and was lost once during a tropical storm. Costner bet the boat on this one and lost more than just money.

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Available on Running time 135 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Post-Apocalypse, Sea Disasters, Sail Away, Pure Ego Vehicles, Sci Fi, Deep Blue, Flood, Survival, Tattoos
Screenplay
Peter Rader, Marc Norman, David N. Twohy
Cast
Jack Kehler, Zakes Mokae, Sab Shimono, Jack Black, Kim Coates, John Toles-Bey, Ari Barak, Sean M. Whalen, Robert LaSardo, Lee Arenberg, Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter, R.D. Call, Robert Joy
Cinematography
Dean Semler
Director
Kevin Reynolds
Music
James Newton Howard
Producer
Kevin Costner, John Davis, Chuck Gordon, Jeffrey Mueller, Andrew Licht, Ilona Herzberg, Mark Huffam

Awards

Golden Raspberries 1995: Worst Support. Actor (Hopper).

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Waterworld
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Nicholle

This movie takes place sometime in the future. The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. People sail across the water on their man-made ships, trading for supplies and salvaging what is left of civilization, communities of survivors lives in towns called "Atolls." A force of evil pirates "The Smokers" travel across Waterworld in search of a mythical island called "Dryland." A mysterious drifter called "The Mariner" is sentenced to death when the community discover he is a mutant. A woman named Helen and her adopted daughter, Enola, bribes The Mariner to take them to Dryland, believing The Mariner has been there, but the Mariner, Helen, and Enola are pursued by Deacon and the Smokers when The Mariner learns the tattoo on Enola's back is in reality a map that will lead them to Dryland.