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In theaters Oct 30, 1992
R, 1 hr. 35 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Graham Swift, this drama follows the past and present crises of schoolteacher Tom Crick (Jeremy Irons), who attempts to resolve the problems in his own life and the apathy of his
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Theater Release: Oct 30, 1992
DVD Release: May 09, 2006


Jeremy Irons

Tom Crick
Ethan Hawke

Matthew Price
John Heard

Grant Warnock

Young Tom
Lena Headey

Young Mary
Pete Postlethwaite

Henry Crick
Callum Dixon

Freddie Parr


Critic Reviews

  • A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.More...
  • It's a brave endeavour, held together by Robert Elswit's poetic photography, and by Irons' authoritative impression of the crumbling desperation behind the chalk-dusted facade of a pensive history man.More...
  • With a dazed, frightened expression and the keen sense that his life is coming undone, Mr. Irons's Tom becomes a rivetingly sad figure, and a sharp focus for the film's many reveries.More...
  • Swift's elegant, descriptive phrases coexist inelegantly with classroom vulgarisms. And there almost making it all work as a portrait in despondency and realization is Irons, a walking requiem to lost innocence.More...
  • The strange fact about "Waterland" is the way the performances and the dialogue are worthier than the story itself.More...
  • The adaptation doesn't quite hold. But in this flashback narrative, set in England's beautiful eastern wetlands, there are many passages of filmic -- and geographic -- beauty.More...
  • A flawed adaptation of Swift's novel, though the acting of Jeremy Irons and others is good.More...
  • Gyllenhaal refers to Waterland as "a world of the mind." and it is an experience definitely worth exploring.More...
  • Too often the film is overly impressed with its own devices, and the story unfolds in such a haphazard manner that its emotions are muted.More...
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User Reviews

  • Based on the novel by Graham Swift - a wonderful British author - Waterland tells the story of a history teacher who tells his students as much...