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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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Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Guillermo del Toro (screenplay by), Vanessa Taylor (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 107 wins & 306 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hawkins ... Elisa Esposito
Michael Shannon ... Richard Strickland
Richard Jenkins ... Giles
Octavia Spencer ... Zelda Fuller
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
Doug Jones ... Amphibian Man
David Hewlett ... Fleming
Nick Searcy ... General Hoyt
Stewart Arnott ... Bernard
Nigel Bennett ... Mihalkov
Lauren Lee Smith ... Elaine Strickland
Martin Roach ... Brewster Fuller
Allegra Fulton ... Yolanda
John Kapelos ... Mr. Arzoumanian
Morgan Kelly ... Pie Guy
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 February 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La forma del agua See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

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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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color | Black and White (dream sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Several of the wallpapers used by set decorator Shane Vieau are commercially available patterns. For example, in the the hall between Elisa's and Giles's apartments, the patterned strip of wallpaper running down both walls is the "Chicago Frieze" pattern from Bradbury & Bradbury (albeit aged and otherwise color-treated by the film's production designers), which was designed in the style of the famed turn-of-the-twentieth-century American architect Louis Sullivan. Likewise, the semicircular repeating pattern covering several of the walls in Elisa's apartment is also a Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper, this one titled "Eastlake." Its name and its fish scale-like appearance are both nods to the pervasive aquatic theme of this movie). See more »

Goofs

At 1:24:08 the French song is "La Javanaise", written by Serge Gainsbourg for Juliette Gréco. First played March 1963, so about one year after the film. 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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Pretty Baby
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Performed by Betty Grable
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Puerile Hollywood-style PC propaganda
1 April 2018 | by idoubt_zr4_ithinkSee all my reviews

The difference between art and propaganda is not simply that the latter has an agenda. Art can have an agenda, too. But it's nuanced, disguised, suggested, induced (sometimes subliminally). While propaganda is singletrack-ed. No nuance, no symbolism, just plain, repetitive, broken-record-style, in-your-face agenda. Think communist or nazi posters. Then again, socialism and anti-Americanism is all the rave in Hollywood, lately. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that commie-style poster movies get all the hype in Hollywood, nowadays.

Well, this is such a movie. You get the liberal perpetual and puerile recipe of the bad "white conservative", the "toxic general", and the not-that-bad soviet spy, which we should forgive anyway because ...uhm, let's see, he dies in the end? The other side of this cocktail of cliches is, of course, the "good open-minded liberal". So open minded that interspecies sex should be no problemo. Oh, but-of-course: God? Pfff! The good-ole liberal bows to no God. And if he does ...it might as well be the latest creature fished in the ocean.

While visually entertaining, the plot leaks like a sieve and the script reeks of political-correctness and anti-American brainwashing.


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