Theatrical release poster
|Directed by|| Neal Jimenez |
|Produced by||Marie Cantin (producer)|
Gale Anne Hurd (producer)
Guy Riedel (executive producer)
|Written by||Neal Jimenez|
|Music by||Michael Convertino|
|Edited by||Jeff Freeman|
|Distributed by||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
|Box office||$1,723,319 (United States)|
The Waterdance is a 1992 American drama film directed by Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg and starring Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe and Helen Hunt. It was written by Neal Jimenez.
The film is a semi-autobiographical story about a young fiction writer who becomes tetraplegic fully paralyzed in a hiking accident and works to rehabilitate his body and mind at a rehabilitation center. The title refers to a dream recounted by Raymond Hill, Snipes' character, about dancing on the surface of a lake. Since, in Raymond's dream, he must continue dancing on the lake to avoid sinking and drowning, the dream may be a metaphorical reference to the necessity of continually coping with the world.
Joel Garcia (Eric Stoltz) is a writer who, after a hiking accident at a mountain, must struggle with paralysis. At the same time, he carries a relationship with Anna (Helen Hunt), a married woman, with whom he was having an affair at the time of the accident. The lovers attempt to carry on their affair during his emotional and difficult rehabilitation as a paraplegic.
The Waterdance received mostly positive reviews from critics; it holds a 94% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes from 16 reviews.
The Waterdance won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
The Waterdance was nominated for 4 Spirit Awards in 1992 and was the only film to win 2 awards for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay.
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