The Water Engine (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Water Engine (1992)





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A Depression-era inventor finds a way of revolutionizing manufacturing technology and then discovers that this invention has its dark side as well.


William H. Macy
as Charles Lang
Patti LuPone
as Rita Lang
Joe Mantegna
as Lawrence Oberman
Charles Durning
as Tour Guide
John Mahoney
as Mason Gross
Joanna Miles
as Mrs. Varek
Mike Nussbaum
as Mr. Wallace
Treat Williams
as Dave Murray
J.J. Johnston
as White Haired Man
David Mamet
as Brown Haired Man
Andrea Marcovicci
as Singer in Dance Hall
Peter Michael Goetz
as Soapbox Speaker One
Natalija Nogulich
as Soapbox Speaker Two
Ricky Jay
as Ratty Inventor
Lucinda Jenney
as Gross's Secretary
Felicity Huffman
as Dance Hall Girl
Hawthorne James
as Factory Worker
Mike Vitar
as Copyboy
Bill Feeney
as Security Guard
Alexander Bookston
as Elevator Operator
Marge Kotlisky
as Woman One
Barbara Tarbuck
as Woman Two
Jordan Lage
as Chauffeur
John Putch
as Moderator
Larry Marko
as Clothes Pedlar
Sandy Martin
as Custodial Woman
Alexander Scott
as Opera Singer
Judith Piquet
as Opera Singer
Augusta Copullari
as Opera Singer
Calvin Remsberg
as Opera Singer
John Boyle
as Lecturer
Alan Shearman
as Homeless Man
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All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Director Steven Schachter goes for an arty mode of some filmmaking, with angled shots, stylized acting, Mamet's pseudo-naturalistic dialogue, and an unswerving storyline from which subplots bloom and fade.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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