The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Every big secret starts small.


The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Set in Scotland during World War II, our hero is a young boy who pines for his sailor dad, away with the war. His mom is housekeeper at a large mansion next to Loch Ness. One day, he finds a mysterious large egg, which later hatches into a little lizard-like monster. Keeping the monster as a pet becomes increasingly problematic, as it grows very fast. Soon it is an adult, and still his pet, and they have lots of great adventures together. Meanwhile his mom is dealing with two very different suitors... an army officer, and the new handyman.

110 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Adventure, Family, Fantasy.

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson, David Morrissey, Priyanka Xi, Brian Cox
Director
Jay Russell
ScreenplayRobert Nelson Jacobs, based on the book by Dick King-Smith
MusicJames Newton Howard
CinematographyOliver Stapleton
EditingMark Warner
Sound formatsDolby Digital EX, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS-ES
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2007
Produced byBeacon Pictures, Blue Star Pictures, Ecosse Films, Revolution Studios, Walden Media

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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
1
Violence
3
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
3
Imitative Behaviour
1
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Zane Henry
10
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
10
Cape Times
Kevin Crust
10
The Citizen
Annette Bayne quote iconA small family film with a big heart and it deals with issues without forgetting that fantasy is important.
14
BBC
Anna Smith quote iconBut this is still a decent old-fashioned fantasy that should entertain anyone who's ever dreamed of stumbling across a mythical beast.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconIt has a lot of sly humor about what we know, or have heard, about the Loch Ness monster and various frauds associated with it, and fills the edges of the screen with first-rate supporting performance.
18
eye Weekly
Kieran Grant quote iconThere are nice moments here, with Watson and Chaplin doing particularly fine work overcoming the wet-noodle script and rote story arc with just their eyes and a few well-placed gazes. Stare long enough at this potentially captivating arrangement of actors and scenery, however, and The Water Horse takes the shape of a standard paint-by-numbers scheme.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconIt's getting increasingly harder for any family feature to compete with the assembly-line productions coming out of Disney and Dreamworks, so I'm glad to report that this is at least as good as any of them.
15
ScreenIt
C Fuchs quote iconThe tale of the monster is at once outrageous and charming.
12
Metacritic.com
24 critics
14
Rottentomatoes critics
76 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconA fine family film, with imagination and heart to spare.
14

What the People say

Internet
1363 Netizens quote iconHighly recommended movie for all ages- don't miss it!
13

Average .. 61%

12




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