The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

DVD - 2018
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An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2018
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Sh
Description: 1 videodisc (123 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R; sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language

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Lee C: A beautifully done movie with an evocative sound track & a unique love story.


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originaladream
Jan 14, 2020

Beautiful love story. She too was a fish. Did you not notice her gills when the man touched her cheek?

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iloveseaotters
Nov 30, 2019

I checked this out mainly because I was curious about it but it's really not my type of movie. The lead actress was very good, however. The movie feels way too dark, IMO. I did like the nostalgic feel of the movie.

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daniellhigh
Nov 28, 2019

A word of advice, never want a movie with the word "Water" in the title-- "Water World", "Lady in the Water," and now "The Shape of Water." The movie is filled with one dimensional characters, and exists to promote Hollywood's twisted view of the world.

The main character has sex with a freaking fish man! YES, sex with a fish man! I'm not talking about aqua man here, this fish man is 100% animal.

This is one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. Stay away if you don't want disturbing images in your mind days after watching this.

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matcat44
Oct 09, 2019

Just as good the second time around.

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jald2099
Sep 26, 2019

This was a really beautiful film. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to it. I guess I was scared it wouldn't live up to expectations. Spoiler: it lived up to expectations. Ignore the reviews of the people here who obviously didn't know what they were signing up for. This movie deserved all the awards it got and then some.

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iluvdirkpitt
Jul 07, 2019

My mom and I did not like this movie. It was nothing like the trailers I saw. I thought the story was going to be somewhat like the movie "Splash" and was anything but. The movie had way too much nudity, swearing, sex, sexual harassment, violence and bloodshed.
The trailers seemed like a movie about government secrets and love with a smart woman who can't verbalize it. I would not recommend watching this movie ever, save your time and money.

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LadyDi52
Jun 12, 2019

A beautiful gentle love story - well the picture on the cover gives it away - still lovely to watch as she befriends the creature. The Bad Guys are monstrous, with one exception and I won't give away what happens to him. Political time capsule backdrop of TV shows , racism, homophobia, car culture and sexual harassment.

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dirtbag
Apr 11, 2019

It reminded me of Dr. Strangelove. It is at least partially a comedy and a statement about the strange decade that was the 1960's.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Mar 29, 2019

Different. Weird. ... I think it won awards for the same reasons why I can't find the right words to describe this story to form an opinion.

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kathylou
Mar 24, 2019

it wasn't a horrible movie. A couple of friends that had seen it, told me that they thought I would like it. It is quirky and clever but somehow either too silly or too serious.

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SEBoiko
Jul 26, 2018

Sexual Content: nudity

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007Gatsby
Jun 25, 2018

Sexual Content: Lots of stuff

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007Gatsby
Jun 25, 2018

Violence: SPOILERS: A man's finger gets cut off, and it is shown getting put into a brown paper bag.

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007Gatsby
Jun 25, 2018

Coarse Language: Lots of language.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

Other: Racism, misogyny, and homophobia.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

Violence: Bitten-off fingers; deliberate torture with a stun gun; death threats; murders.

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Lucik32
Apr 26, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, nudity and masturbation during the course of the movie.

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: body horror involving fingers and bullet wounds

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Sexual Content: a few depictions of intercourse and masturbation

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Violence: cattle prodding and a harsh gunshot scene

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Lucik32
Apr 30, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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humbleworm
Feb 15, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jimg2000
May 28, 2018

54 quotes in IMDb already (thanks to the contributors.) However, some of the best quotes are silent signs. You just have to watch them, like this one:

Zelda: [Elisa looks noticeably happier] Why you smilin', hon? Well stop lookin' like that. What happened?

[Elisa shakes her head to say "nothing"]

Zelda: Why? How? How? Does he - have a...?

[Elisa nods and uses her hands to describe what the Amphibian Man's penis looks like]

Zelda: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

[pause]

Zelda: Lor'...! Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there.

[laughs]

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MichelleinBallard
Apr 29, 2018

"Decent?

"A man has the decency not to fuck up. Now that's one thing, that's real decent of him.

"But the other kind of decency, it doesn't really matter. We sell it, but it's an export. We sell it because we don't use it."

-Character of General Hoyt

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