Water. Governor Baxter Thwaites (Michael Caine). Copyright: Hand Made Films.

Water

1985 British comedy film about a small British Caribbean island. Stars Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly and others.

Water. Image shows from L to R: Delgado (Billy Connolly), Governor Baxter Thwaites (Michael Caine). Copyright: Hand Made Films.

Water

Comedy about the inhabitants of a small British Caribbean island whose world is changed when an American oil company strikes mineral water

Genre
Film
Released
1985
Starring
Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly, Dennis Dugan, Fulton Mackay, Jimmie Walker and others
Writers
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Bill Persky
Director
Dick Clement
Producers
David Wimbury and Ian La Frenais

The colonial island of Cascara is so small and peaceful that it has all but been forgotten about by the British government.

Governed by the incredbily relaxed Baxter Thwaites, Cascara may not be particularly well-off, but its pace of life is gentle and happy. Thwaites, therefore, is enraged - both for the peaceful inhabitants, and his own cushy job - when the Westminster decides the island is too small to maintain and should be evacuated.

However, everything changes when an American company, having previously explored the island for oil reserves, arrives to film a TV advert at its abandoned well. During production something goes wrong and the well begins spewing forth its plentiful liquid: not black gold, but naturally occurring Perrier water!

As London suddenly shows interest in Cascara once more, a race heats up between the mother land, the US conglomerate, and Governor Thwaites - now leading a small band of singing revolutionaries who want to see the nation achieve independence. And then there's the French...

Production Details

UK certificate
15
Duration
100 minutes
Release date
January 1985
Produced
1984
Distributor

The Rank Organisation

Production company
Also known as
  • Water: The Movie (Other official name)
Soundtrack
Songs by Eddy Grant, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Mighty Gabby and Mike Moran.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 8:00pm on London Live

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