Water (1985 film)

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This article is about the 1985 comedy film. For the article about the Indian drama, see Water (2005 film).
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dick Clement
Produced by George Harrison
Ian La Frenais
Denis O'Brien
Written by Dick Clement
Ian La Frenais
Music by Mike Moran
Eric Clapton
Eddy Grant
George Harrison
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Distributed by Atlantic Releasing
Release dates
Running time
115 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Water is a 1985 British comedy film scripted by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, directed by Clement, and starring Michael Caine. This HandMade Films production was released in US cinemas in April 1986 by Atlantic Releasing.

Plot summary[edit]

The story is set in the fictional Caribbean British colony of Cascara. Widely ignored by the British Government, media and general public, local Governor Baxter Thwaites is having an easy life in his small and peaceful colony. That peace is disturbed when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering water - at the standard of the finest table water brands. Different parties, including Downing Street, the Cascara Liberation Front, the White House and the Cubans take interest in the future of the island and threaten to destroy the cosy way of life enjoyed by the island's inhabitants.

Other information[edit]

The plot spoofs some elements of the 1958 comedy Carlton-Browne of the F.O. and the then recent invasions of the Falkland Islands and Grenada.

The film stars Caine as Baxter Thwaites as a Governor who has 'gone native' (similarly to his role in The Honorary Consul) and Billy Connolly as local biracial activist Delgado, supported by the last performance of Leonard Rossiter as Sir Malcolm Leveridge and one of the last performances of Fulton Mackay.

Most of the movie was filmed in and around Soufrière, Saint Lucia, with some scenes shot in Devon, England and at Lee International Studios.

The BBC television presenter Paul Heiney had a small part in the film as part of the In at the Deep End series.

Water was first released on home video by Paramount Home Video on 1 February 1987. The film received its first DVD edition in North America in 2006, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.


The film is largely set on the fictional island of Cascara. In the film an oil well is re-opened and discovered to have mineral water with a 'slight laxative effect'. The island's name itself is a play on this as Cascara is the name of a plant (scientific name Rhamnus purshiana) which has laxative properties.



The soundtrack principally featured reggae music by Eddy Grant and was released by Ariston Records.

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Water"   Eddy Grant Eddy Grant 3:56
2. "Walking On Sunshine"   Eddy Grant Eddy Grant 3:50
3. "All As One"   Ian La Frenais, Mike Moran Lance Ellington 3:50
4. "The Cascaran National Anthem"   Bill Persky, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Mike Moran   0:59
5. "Instrumental"   Mighty Gabby Mighty Gabby 2:55
6. "Focus Of Attention"   Dick Clement, George Harrison, Mike Moran Jimmy Helms 2:10
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Living On The Frontline"   Eddy Grant Eddy Grant 3:40
2. "Cascara"   Mike Moran Lance Ellington 3:48
3. "Jack"   Mighty Gabby Mighty Gabby 4:45
4. "Celebration"   George Harrison, Mike Moran Jimmy Helms 3:46
5. "Freedom"   Eric Clapton, Ian La Frenais Billy Connolly, Chris Tummings, The Singing Rebel's Band 4:40
6. "Water (Instrumental)"   Eddy Grant Eddy Grant 2:18

The Singing Rebel's Band consists of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ray Cooper, Jon Lord, Mike Moran, Chris Stainton and Ringo Starr, with backing singers Jenny Bogle and Anastasia Rodriguez.[1] It spoofs The Concert for Bangladesh organised by Harrison in 1971.


The film received a mixed review in the New York Times, which read in part "The folks who packaged this put-on operated on the theory that a lot of eccentric people doing nutty things produce hilarity. The ingredient missing from the fitfully amusing conglomeration of characters is a character for the whole. In kidding everything, the movie leaves us uncertain about whether anything is being seriously kidded."[2]


  1. ^ full cast list at IMDB
  2. ^ "Michael Caine in Water", Walter Goodman, New York Times, 18 April 1986

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