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The Shape of Water (2017)

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At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, 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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Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,749,289, 17 January 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,130,824, 17 January 2018
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Filming took twelve weeks. See more »

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T-8 fluorescent lamps were not available until 1981. See more »

Quotes

Mihalkov: [in Russian] Destroy it.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 12 January 2018 (2018) See more »

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La Javanaise
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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Moving, Beautiful, Flawless Story
11 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Just watched it at TIFF and as much as I knew it would be beautiful, nothing prepared me to be so very moved by the story, the way it was told and the delicate details that make of this the most beautiful, moving story I have ever watched.

Of course I cried more than once, and over 2 hours after leaving the movie theater (the same where the movie was actually filmed in Toronto), my heart is still heavy in an uplifting and hopeful way.

There aren't any words to describe this gorgeous piece of art... as usual.. the effects, the creatures, the colors and most importantly, the words of the narrator (just like in Pan's) move you to no end...


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