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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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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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A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La forma del agua  »

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Box Office


$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,888,637, 15 March 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,949,500, 8 March 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The colour green is a recurring theme in the film's aesthetic, often in a highly luminous form. The filling of the pies in Giles' fridge, the green Jell-O that is mentioned on two separate occasions, the uniform that the cleaners wear, the candy that Strickland is seen eating as well as his 'Teal' Cadillac. There are also various other background props such as towels, curtains and hand-soaps in the bathroom at the facility. See more »


At around 17:50, security is leaving the men's room and you can hear a door latch. when the door opens and closes. The door has a handle, not a knob. Therefore you would only hear a thump as the door hit the door jamb closing. See more »


[first lines]
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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From the motion picture Coney Island (1943)
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What a wonderful and magical story
14 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This film is a decidedly adult film, NOT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ESPECIALLY KIDS. Del Toro knows when the film is made for the adults and mature audience, and when it is made for the family, where there are children may be present. It is a perfect production and goes to show you that you don't need a huge budget to tell a story. With the little money that he made, most of the special effects are tradition, and CGI is only used where is it absolutely necessary. That can you say when it is perfectly written, directed, porduced, but "the Oscar goes to . . . .". After the film you be satisfied, and pleased. Well worth the purchase or rental.

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