Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

DVD - 2011
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Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson give mesmerising performances in this visually lush and epic romantic drama which tells the powerfully emotional story of two people who pursue their love against all odds, rules and conventions, set in the alluring and enigmatic world of a travelling circus. Based upon the international best-selling novel by Sara Gruen.
Publisher: Moore Park, NSW : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment South Pacific, c2011.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

I hated the book on which this movie was made but I gave the movie a chance because I was curious as to how it would translate onto the big screen. It was definitely more enjoyable than the book and at first the movie had great promise. I was happy that a lot of the vulgarity of the book was removed for the movie and the core was the actual story. But it wasn't enough for me to really say that I liked this movie. Reese Witherspoon was good as always and I did enjoy Robert Pattison's role. The final scenes were just really disappointing, making this movie only slightly better than the book, which really isn't saying much.

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akirakato
May 04, 2019

Directed by Francis Lawrencee in 2010 based on Sara Gruen's 2006 novel of the same name, this American circus drama depicts the epic tale of forbidden love during the Prohibition era.
Although the elephant Rosie appear abused severely by the circus owner, the romantic story seems well-crafted with the superb performnce of the elephant.
In a nutshell, it turns out a terrific drama full of surprises and smoldering passion!

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mr_chocolate
Apr 28, 2019

Finally had watched this film, of which it had been recommended to me to see. I liked it very much and was impressed by the acting and story, of which was based upon the 2006 book written by Sara Gruen.
Impressed by Robert Pattison (The Twilight Saga series: 2009 - 2012; The Lost City of Z: 2016; High Life: 2018), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde: 2001; Walk the Line:2005; Wild: 2014; A Wrinkle in Time: 2018), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards: 2009; Django Unchained: 2012; Downsizing: 2017; Alita: Battle Angel: 2019), Hal Holbrook (All the President's Men: 1976; Julia: 1977; Wall Street: 1987; Planes: Fire & Rescue: 2014), and of many of the minor roles.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend: 2007; Hunger Games series: 2013-2015; Red Sparrow: 2018).
Short interviews with director, Robert Pattison, and Reese Witherspoon. RW was proud of the fact that she trained for and performed the circus acts on film.

happyphi Mar 03, 2019

Overall, this is a very touching and romantic film, going on different adventures and seeing animals perform at the circuses. The love story develops dramatically...Certain scenes had brought tears to my eyes. I am a HUGE animal lover, however, this film reveals the horrible side of mistreating the animals behind the Circus scenes, thus, 4.5 stars.

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tiamek
Feb 28, 2019

The only negative reviews are the ones that flinch from the (fake) cruelty to the animals, but what they are too narrow-minded to see is that the entire story is about how these two young adults fall in love because of their common passion for animals. Jacob is a veterinarian and Marlena is a star performer who treats the animals she works with more like companions than pets.

The adaptation of the book into film left out all the parts I had hoped they would, and didn't romanticize what was more of a circus adventure than a love story. Reese Witherspoon was the perfect woman for the role, Christoph Waltz always makes a good antagonist, and the rest was done right. Nothing amazing but nothing wrong either.

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1860Colt
Oct 14, 2018

Better than Hostiles, but that ain't saying much. Reese Witherspoon, who I really like, and has an infectious energy that all but made Legally Blonde, feels bored and lost in this yawn of a film. Christoph Waltz as the villain, was very fun and entertaining. But, the side characters were undeveloped, no real life comparisons to get engaged, and a forced happy ending that makes me want to scream. This film really made me feel like a train it me.

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jimg2000
Apr 19, 2018

A romantic adventure based on the novel with same name, set in the bygone travelling circus world in 1932 by Riding Lessons. Agree with critics that it was a compelling story but lacked the vital spark between star-crossed Witherspoon and Pattinson who were 35 and 24 respectively when filmed was released in 2011.
Note: Surprised to learn that only two states banned bullhooks (a long stick with a sharp metal hook) to protect elephants from abuse in training and handling: Rode Island in July 2016 and California in August 2016!

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Matinee
Feb 01, 2017

The movie and the adult fiction book of the same title on which it was based are both very good. I read the book first and thought the adaptation was done well, though some things are always better as you imagine them. The film is rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content.

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TheSupervisor
Jan 15, 2016

Very emotional movie. Highly recommended. The "Special Features" were very informative, even watching the movie again with the Audio Commentary.

IMolina3 Sep 17, 2015

I really like this movie, it was kind of sweeto..

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jimg2000
Apr 19, 2018

Well, I do believe we're looking for a boy to carry water for the elephants. Aren't we, Joe?
-We don't have any elephants.
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Work is the best thing for age.
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Why would a college boy dirty his hands as a filthy roustabout?
-I guess because out of all that dirt and sweat, working with these fellows you wouldn't be caught dead in the daylight with, comes so much beauty.
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I don't know if I picked that circus. But something told me that circus picked me.
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Who's the woman who works with the horses?
-That ain't no woman, that's the boss' wife and she don't talk to nobody and you don't talk to her.
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You do right by me, I'll show you a life most suckers can't even dream of.
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I don't know anything about elephants. I'm going to tell him the truth.

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jimg2000
Apr 19, 2018

Are you hiring me?
-I don't know. What about your health?
There's nothing wrong with me. I'm just old. Work is the best thing forage. A man like me ought to be working the ticket wicket, not some kid ringed up like a sideshow act. And if you don't think I'm carrying my weight, you can call the home. I won't argue. You won't be sorry.
-Yeah, we'll get you in the record books. "Oldest man that ever ran away
with the circus."
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I've always known the kind of woman you really are. Sitting in front of your dress shop, watching the parade. Those little-girl-lost eyes. This beautiful, almost translucent skin. Well, translucent to me. I could always see straight through you. I'm sorry to say that you're really a very common type, darling.

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jimg2000
Apr 19, 2018

Dead circuses were common in '31. Men tired of being mistreated would mutiny, or bosses would see the end coming and pull a runner with all the money, leaving a mess of animals and acts like bones to be picked
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We got ourselves a guaranteed sell-out, crowd-cheering bull! Her name is Rosie, she's 53, and she's brilliant.
-What's that in her mouth?
She ran off. They found her eating a cemetery plot.
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First of all, can't do anything with a bull without a bull hook, can you? And with it, you must claim the role of master immediately.
-Okay.
You use it there, right above her shoulder. And you use your full voice to command. Rosie, walk!
- Rosie, move, walk!
Now jab her! She needs to know you mean it.
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I was born a passenger. They found me wrapped in a newspaper under a seat on the Baltimore and Ohio. I was just three days old. I grew up in foster homes. I'd always daydream about who my parents were.

Ira_Elias Jul 15, 2012

"August knew nothing about animals...why was he in charge of the circus...you need to love all your animals... to love your job"....

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

Jacob: I'm not running away, I'm coming home.

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

August: You do right by me, I'll show you a life most suckers can't even dream of.

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

Jacob: Who's the woman who works with the horses?
Camel: That ain't no woman, that's the boss' wife and she don't talk to nobody and you don't talk to her.

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

Jacob: I don't know if I picked that circus. But something told me that circus picked me.

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imartin
Mar 08, 2012

Violence: use of other weapons, illegal acts of murder, gun use, animal abuse

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imartin
Mar 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: animal abuse, illegal/dangerous passenger train activities

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imartin
Mar 08, 2012

Sexual Content: suggestive in parts

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ira_Elias Jul 15, 2012

After a young man lose both of his parents in a car accident...he decided to get finically help duirng the Great Depression, by joining the circus and trying to save a sad elephant and a desperate owner's wife....

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imartin
Mar 08, 2012

a very nice love story is embedded in this touching story

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

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imartin
Mar 08, 2012

imartin thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Oct 23, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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