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

Water

  • 1985 film

Comedy about the inhabitants of a small British Caribbean island whose world is changed when an American oil company strikes mineral water. Stars Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1985
Stars
Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly, Dennis Dugan, Fulton Mackay, Jimmie Walker and more
Writers
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Bill Persky
Director
Dick Clement
Producers
David Wimbury, Ian La Frenais, George Harrison and Denis O'Brien
Companies

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...

Additional details

UK certificate
15
Duration
100 minutes
UK release
January 1985
Produced
1984
Distributors

The Rank Organisation

Also known as
  • Water: The Movie
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Songs by Eddy Grant, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Mighty Gabby and Mike Moran.

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Friday 18th March 2022 at 12:55am on TPTV
  • Saturday 25th December 2021 at 11:15pm on TPTV
  • Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 9:00pm on TPTV

Recording details

  • Lee International Studios (Shepperton)
  • St. Lucia, Devon and London - Location filming

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