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The Waterdance (1992)




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Paralyzed in a 1984 accident, writer/director Neal Jimenez (of River's Edge fame) channelled his own experiences and emotions into his 1991 film Waterdance. Eric Stoltz stars as a young writer left incapacitated by a hiking accident. He is placed in a paraplegic ward, peopled by patients of all races and emotional states. Together with his new-found friends, Stoltz rebels against the hospital system and his own debilitation. Helen Hunt and Wesley Snipes are among the costars in this effective update (though not a remake) of 1950's The Men. Waterdance was given a brief theatrical release in 1992 before being telecast on PBS' American Playhouse in early 1993.


Eric Stoltz
as Joel Garcia
Wesley Snipes
as Raymond Hill
Fay Hauser
as Rachel
James Roach
as Guy in the Electronic Wheelchair
Henry R. Harris
as Mr. Gibson
Eva Rodriguez
as Victor's Wife
Erick Vigil
as Victor's Son
Edgar Rodriguez
as Victor's Son
Angelica Castell
as Victor's Daughter
Susan Gibney
as Cheryl Lynn
Joey Ciccone
as 2nd Biker
Andrea Young
as Starletta Hill
Rick Lieberman
as David Albini
Ed Barkas
as Western Man
Lyla Chang
as Korean Singer
Sandra Lee
as Korean Singer
Michael Bowen
as Biker #1
Kyu Na
as Korean Singer
Sanghyuk Shin
as Korean Singer
Joe Goddbiff
as Derelict Man
Pola Churchill
as Vernon's Wife
Barbara Alyn Woods
as Annabelle Lee
Jennifer Ryan
as Stripper
Tony Simotes
as Phone Operator
Lara Cody
as Waila Group
Ann Blessing
as Waila Group
Thomas White
as Waila Group
Reni Satoni
as Waila Group
Andy Goldberg
as Waila Group
Dean Wein
as Waila Group
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Critic Reviews for The Waterdance

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Films are so often about big, dumb conflicts and predictable conclusions. The Waterdance is about the everyday process of continuing one's life under a tragically altered set of circumstances.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Waterdance is one of the most realistic films ever released dealing with the subject of adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 4.0/4.0 | Full Review…

All of this is played out with poignancy, realism, humor and touches of poetry by a devoted and varied cast.

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

What's most striking about the film is its meticulous attention to detai, authenticity, and tight focus: This is the story of 3 ordinary guys, not war heroes, who happen to be in wheel chairs; Jimenez based the script on his personal experience.

October 31, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A well-acted, deliberately paced drama about the sometimes stark realities of paralysis.

September 4, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A paraplegic squares off against fear, anger, loneliness and despair.

July 12, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Waterdance

Stoltz does a good if not great job of telling the store of Neal Jimenez and his experiences in becoming paralyzed. As I said, good, not great.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Good performances, and actually quite funny in places.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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