Dead in the Water (film)

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Dead In The Water
Dead in the Water dvd cover.jpg
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Directed by Gustavo Lipsztein
Produced by Evan Astrowsky
Gustavo Lipsztein
Georg Lipsztein
Jay So
Written by Gustavo Lipsztein
Starring Henry Thomas
Dominique Swain
Scott Bairstow
José Wilker
Sebastian DeVicente
Music by Heitor Pereira
Edited by Kurt Bullinger
Jose Pulido
E.H. Filmes
Nuts and Lloyd Films
Distributed by Das Werk
Lions Gate Films
Promark Entertainment Group
Studio Home Entertainment
Release date
  • February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dead In The Water (Brazilian: O mar por testemunha) is a 2002 American crime /thriller feature film written and directed by Gustavo Lipsztein.[1][2][3]


Gloria (Dominique Swain) is the spoiled daughter of a Brazilian businessman who is bankrupt. Her father asks her to take Marcos (Sebastian DeVicente), the son of her father's business partner, out for a swim in the ocean. She does so, using her father's yacht and accompanied by her boyfriend Danny (Scott Bairstow) and their buddy Jeffrey (Henry Thomas). Gloria is caught kissing Marcos. Danny is jealous and throws Marcos in the water with a life preserver. To scare Marcos, he then drives the boat to a distant island. When they return to where they left him, Marcos has disappeared. Afraid of the consequences of his possible drowning, they discuss alibis and try to figure a way out of their predicament, first destroying their relationships and then themselves.

Partial cast[edit]


The film is a remake of the 1962 Roman Polanski film Nóz w wodzie, and like the Polanski original, was shot on locations in Brazil. Casting was announced in 2000.[4][5]


David Nusair wrote that the film was "fairly predictable, but mostly entertaining," and offered that "the performances are fine".[6] Kevin LaForest felt that the film had the potential to be an enjoyable thriller, but that it was lacking in depth and originality, concluding that it was "too stiff and self-important."[7] Christopher Null of AMC Filmcritic felt that was well-made and reasonably well-acted, but that its staging being confined to the yacht for 90 minutes became a little tiresome, summarizing "Not a bad time, but not a great movie. It hits and misses, but at least it floats."[8] Buzz McClain of All Movie Guide wrote that the director's nontraditional style might not work for everyone, apecially in consideration of Dominique Swain's performance, but added that there was no question that the film's conclusion will generate conversation and introspection for those who understand it.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won "Best Cinematography", "Best Director", and received the Grand Jury Prize for "Best Feature Film" at the 2002 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Dead In the Water". All Movie Guide. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Dead In The Water". (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Dead in the Water (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Scott Bairstow filma suspense no Brasil" (in Portuguese). Estadão. July 27, 2000. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Rapper DMX flys in to latest `Crow' feature". San Diego Union-Tribune. August 6, 2000. pp. E6. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  6. ^ Nusair, David (March 4, 2002). "Dead in the Water (March 4/02)". Reel Film Reviews. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  7. ^ Laforest, Kevin. "review of Dead in the Water". Apollo Guide. Archived from the original on 2005-05-04. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  8. ^ Null, Christopher. "Dead in the Water". AMC Filmcritic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
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