The Waterdance (1992)




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Paralyzed in a 1984 accident, writer/director Neal Jimenez (of River's Edge fame) channelled his own experiences and emotions into his 1991 film Waterdance. Eric Stoltz stars as a young writer left incapacitated by a hiking accident. He is placed in a paraplegic ward, peopled by patients of all races and emotional states. Together with his new-found friends, Stoltz rebels against the hospital system and his own debilitation. Helen Hunt and Wesley Snipes are among the costars in this effective update (though not a remake) of 1950's The Men. Waterdance was given a brief theatrical release in 1992 before being telecast on PBS' American Playhouse in early 1993.
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Eric Stoltz
as Joel Garcia
Wesley Snipes
as Raymond Hill
Helen Hunt
as Anna
Tony Genaro
as Victor
Fay Hauser
as Rachel
James Roach
as Guy in the Electronic Wheelchair
Henry R. Harris
as Mr. Gibson
Eva Rodriguez
as Victor's Wife
Erick Vigil
as Victor's Son
Edgar Rodriguez
as Victor's Son
Angelica Castell
as Victor's Daughter
Casey Stengel
as Vernon
Susan Gibney
as Cheryl Lynn
Starletta DuPois
as Florence
Badja Djola
as Decton
Marco Ramos
as Tomas
David Aguilar
as Carlos
Thomas F. Duffy
as Harrison
Casey Stengal
as Vernon
Joey Ciccone
as 2nd Biker
Andrea Young
as Starletta Hill
Tai Thai
as Sang
Rick Lieberman
as David Albini
Ed Barkas
as Western Man
Lyla Chang
as Korean Singer
Sandra Lee
as Korean Singer
Kyu Na
as Korean Singer
Michael Bowen
as Biker #1
Sanghyuk Shin
as Korean Singer
Joe Goddbiff
as Derelict Man
Pola Churchill
as Vernon's Wife
Barbara Alyn Woods
as Annabelle Lee
Joe Nipote
as Emcee
Jennifer Ryan
as Stripper
Adriana Barbor
as Stripper
Tony Simotes
as Phone Operator
Rebeca Ruth
as Shelia
Lara Cody
as Waila Group
Ann Blessing
as Waila Group
Thomas White
as Waila Group
Reni Satoni
as Waila Group
Andy Goldberg
as Waila Group
Dean Wein
as Waila Group
Jeffrey Scott Yesko
as Waila Group
Rebecca Ruth
as Sheila
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Critic Reviews for The Waterdance

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

What's most striking about the film is its meticulous attention to detai, authenticity, and tight focus: This is the story of 3 ordinary guys, not war heroes, who happen to be in wheel chairs; Jimenez based the script on his personal experience.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006

A paraplegic squares off against fear, anger, loneliness and despair.

Full Review… | July 12, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

A film of stellar performances. Stoltz is nothing short of sensational.

September 18, 2002

An experience from a gifted writer telling a story from personal experience, as opposed to some hack culling together a melodrama about how sad it is to be crippled.

Full Review… | August 14, 2002

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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October 6, 2005
International Press Academy

Audience Reviews for The Waterdance


Storytelling at it's finest,it's both heartbreaking and funny with fine,fine performances.One of the years best.

bill secor
bill secor

This is a pretty good film and manages to be dramatic and comedic while staying real. A surprising touching performance by Wesley Snipes in a role you would not expect. I am also surprised Eric Stoltz is not still around.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

Stoltz does a good if not great job of telling the store of Neal Jimenez and his experiences in becoming paralyzed. As I said, good, not great.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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