The Shape of Water (2017)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 4 mins

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Elisa an isolated woman who works in a hidden, high-security government laboratory. Her life changes forever after the discovery of the lab's classified secret which was a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. She soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist as she develops a unique bond with her new friend.

Cast: Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins

Crew: Guillermo Del Toro (Director), Dan Laustsen (Director of Photography), Alexandre Desplat (Music Director)

Rating: A (India), M18 (Singapore)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 16 Feb 2018 (India), 08 Dec 2017 (Canada), 18 Jan 2018 (New Zealand), 01 Feb 2018 (Singapore), 08 Mar 2018 (United Arab Emirates), 01 Dec 2017 (United States)

Tagline: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times

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Did you know? The film is considered to be a retelling of "The Beauty and the Beast" by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Read More
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as Amphibian Man
as Strickland
as Eliza Esposito
as Yolanda
as Fleming
as Military Policeman
as Mr. Arzoumanian
as Elaine Strickland
as Brewster Fuller
as Burly Russian
as Robert Hoffstetler
as Pie Guy
as General Hoyt
as Mihalkov
as Zelda
as Giles
as Bernard
as Sally



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A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Director Guillermo del Toro said Sally Hawkins was not only the first choice, but was the only choice for the movie.

The creature design is heavily inspired by the film "The Creature" from the Black Lagoon (1954).

Kevin Smith tweeted, "Seeing something as beautiful as this makes me feel stupid for ever calling myself a 'Director'."

Guillermo del Toro casted Richard Jenkins via an email by sending him a message, "I hope you love this [the script] as much as I do."

"The Shape of Water" has similarities with the Soviet novel Amphibian Man by Belyaev.

The Shape of Water film won "The Golden Lion" at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

Richard Jenkins' character was initially written for Ian McKellen.

This was the first English-language film to win the "Golden Lion" award, at the Venice Film Festival.

Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg previously worked together in 2010 HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

One of the main characters, played by Richard Jenkins, is an artist and has a drawing of Audrey Hepburn in his studio.

The film is set during a real-life war and features magical elements.

When Sally Hawkins was offered the lead role in this film, she was working on a script for a short film about a woman who turns into a fish.

The film is considered to be a retelling of "The Beauty and the Beast" by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

Several of the wallpapers used by the film's production designer, Shane Vieau, as set decoration are commercially available patterns.