The Waterdance

1992

Drama / Romance

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 2,593

Synopsis


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Cast

Eric Stoltz as Joel Garcia
Helen Hunt as Anna
Wesley Snipes as Marcus
William Forsythe as Doug Hermann
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106 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by doeadear 9 / 10 / 10

Realistic story and tremendous ensemble acting

This film never received the attention it deserved, although this is one of the finest pieces of ensemble acting, and one of the most realistic stories I have seen on screen. Clearly filmed on a small budget in a real V.A. Hospital, the center of the story is Joel, very well-played by Eric Stoltz. Joel has been paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, and comes to the hospital to a ward with other men who have spinal injuries. Joel is in love with Anna, his married lover, played by Helen Hunt, who shows early signs of her later Academy-Award winning work. Although the Joel-Anna relationship is the basic focus, there are many other well-developed characters in the ward. Wesley Snipes does a tremendous job as the angry Raymond. Even more impressive is William Forsythe as the bitter and racist Bloss. I think Forsythe's two best scenes are when he becomes frustrated and angry at the square dancers, and, later, when he feels empathy for a young Korean man who has been shot in a liquor store hold up. My favorite scene with Snipes is the in the roundtable discussion of post-injury sexual options. The chemistry between Stoltz and Hunt is very strong, and they have two very intimate, but not gratuitous, sex scenes. The orgasm in the ward is both sexy and amusing. There is also another memorable scene where Joel and Bloss and the Korean boy take the specially-equipped van to the strip bar. It's truly a comedy of errors as they make their feeble attempts to get the van going to see the "naked ladies." The story is made even more poignant by the fact that the director, Neal Jimenez, is paralyzed in real life. This is basically his story. This film is real, not glossy or flashy. To have the amount of talent in a film of such a small budget is amazing. I recommend this film to everyone I see, because it is one of those films that even improves on a second look. It's a shame that such a great piece of work gets overlooked, but through video, perhaps it can get the attention it so richly deserves.

Reviewed by MeYesMe 10 / 10 / 10

A sensitive eye-opener

This was one of those films I probably never would have picked off the shelf , but it came on IFC one day and I said - Eric Stolz, William Forsythe...why not? If I'd changed the channel, I would have really missed a treasure. The subject is depressing - young author paralyzed in climbing accident convalesces in lower-class rehabilitation center. It would have been so easy and tempting to make this a manipulative tear-jerker. But, that doesn't happen because it was written by Neal Jimenez, after he himself was accidently paralyzed. No Hollywood happiness here. All of the patients in the ward come from wildly different backgrounds, but they share a feeling of helplessness, of being at the mercy of others. Stolz is very good as a "lone wolf" type, forced into embarrassing dependence on his girlfriend (Helen Hunt); Wesley Snipes is fine as a former ladies' man whose family is falling apart; but William Forsythe takes the cake as a tough guy determined to make someone pay for taking away his independence. See this film.

Reviewed by suzy q123 10 / 10 / 10

Uplifting and wickedly funny.

I know, that's not what you expect from a film with this sort of lineage- it's a direct descendant of The Best Years of Our Lives and The Men... films dealing with men who are in the hospital dealing with tragic circumstances. But this film is full of wonderful surprises and performances. It features stellar performances from Eric Stoltz and Helen Hunt (including a rather risque nude scene) and Wesley Snipes and William Forsythe. As Emanuel Levy wrote in his book Cinema of Outsiders (about the Independent film movement) "The Waterdance is coherant, attentive to detail, and unsentimental with a wicked down to earth humor- it' s at once funny and sad, and the entire cast is impressive." I was extraordinarily moved by this film, it's hard hitting yes, but also has very tender moments and laugh out loud moments. A rare gem.

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