The Waterdance

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The Waterdance
The Waterdance (1992 Film Poster).jpg
Directed by Neal Jimenez
Michael Steinberg
Produced by Marie Cantin (producer)
Gale Anne Hurd (producer)
Guy Riedel (executive producer)
Written by Neal Jimenez
Starring Helen Hunt
Eric Stoltz
Wesley Snipes
William Forsythe
Elizabeth Peña
Grace Zabriskie
Kimberly Scott
William Allen Young
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography Mark Plummer
Edited by Jeff Freeman
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release dates
  • May 13, 1992 (1992-05-13)
Running time
106 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,723,319 (United States)[1]

The Waterdance is a 1992 American drama film written by Neal Jimenez and directed by Jimenez and Michael Steinberg. It stars Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe and Helen Hunt.

The film is a semi-autobiographical story about a young writer who becomes paralyzed in a hiking accident and works to rehabilitate his body and mind at a rehabilitation center. The title refers to a dream recounted by Raymond, the Snipes character, about dancing on the surface of a lake. Since, in Raymond's dream, he must continue dancing on the lake or sink and drown, the dream may be a metaphorical reference to the necessity of continually coping with the world.


Joel Garcia (Eric Stoltz) is a writer who, after a hiking accident at a mountain, must struggle with paralysis. At the same time, he carries a relationship with Anna (Helen Hunt), a married woman, with whom he was having an affair at the time of the accident. The lovers attempt to carry on their affair during his emotional and difficult rehabilitation as a paraplegic.



The Waterdance received mostly positive reviews from critics; it holds a 93% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ "The Waterdance (1992)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 

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