Our Ode To Kevin Costner’s “Waterworld”

It was twenty years ago this past weekend that Kevin Costner’s magnum opus (no, not “Dances with Wolves”) “Waterworld” debuted in theaters, grossing $21M on its way to $264M worldwide.

I remember sitting in the Campus Square Cinemas in Bozeman, MT opening afternoon (this was pre-late night screenings) with twelve other fans, thoroughly enjoying this film. If you haven’t seen it, go do it now. If you have, watch it again. The entire thing was shot on water. And if you watch the extended cut, that’s over three hours! Folks, this deserves to be appreciated. This is not “The Postman.” Although, that also has its merits, I mean, Tom Petty, c’mon!

“Waterworld” is a true cult classic…and in the best way possible. It’s entertaining as hell, endlessly quotable, Dennis Hopper has never been better, Costner is in his prime and Jeanne Tripplehorn never more relevant. Okay, maybe that’s stretching it a bit, but she does pretty well with limited screen time.

Sure, it cost $175M, but it wasn’t really the big catastrophe the media made it out to be. And people, let’s not forget, it’s still making money as Universal Studios’ live-action show. Still—twenty years later. Let’s ring that up as pure hydro, baby! Now can we please start ramping up that hype for the sequel!



Jeff Bock, NewsWhistle’s movie editor, is the senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations in Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at Jeff@NewsWhistle.com.


Waterworld Image Courtesy of Universal Pictures