Life Under Water

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Life Under Water
Directed by Jay Holman
Produced by Jay Holman
Written by Richard Greenberg (based on his play)
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker
Haviland Morris
Keanu Reeves
Joanna Gleason
Stephen McHattie
Music by Peter Scherer
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Edited by Elizabeth Kling
Distributed by American Playhouse
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
56 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Life Under Water is a PBS' American Playhouse television film, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Joanna Gleason and Keanu Reeves. It was written by Richard Greenberg, based on his play.[1][2]


The play on which this telefilm is based, also titled Life Under Water, premiered Off-Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in May 1985. Directed by Don Scardino, the cast featured Alexa Kenin (Amy-Joy), Amanda Plummer (Amy-Beth), Andrew McCarthy (Kip), Jill Eikenberry (Jinx), and Larry Bryggman (Hank). The play takes place in the summer on Long Island's South Fork.[3]


20 year old Kip moves out of his mother's home in the Hamptons, Long Island. His divorced mother, Jinx, is having an affair with Hank. Kip meets 2 young women on the beach -- Amy-Beth and Amy-Joy. Amy-Joy insists that sea-monsters are real; Amy Beth has had a nervous breakdown. Both are selfishly preoccupied with their own lives.


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. "Review/Television; People Obsessed With Themselves" New York Times, April 12, 1989
  2. ^ Life Under Water, accessed December 29, 2015
  3. ^ Greenberg, Richard. "Introduction", Life Under Water, Dramatists Play Service Inc, 1985, ISBN 0822206609, p. 3

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