Taglines: Water bursts all over London!
The story is set in the fictional Caribbean island and British colony of Cascara. Widely ignored by the British Government, media, and general public, local Governor Baxter Thwaites is having an easy life in his small and peaceful colony. That peace is disturbed when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering water – at the standard of the finest table water brands (and laxative companies, as it contains a substance that makes you “shit like clockwork”). Different parties, including Downing Street, the Cascara Liberation Front, the White House, French bottled water producers, and the Cubans take interest in the future of the island and threaten to destroy the cosy way of life enjoyed by the island’s inhabitants.
The plot spoofs some elements of the comedies Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1958) and Passport to Pimlico (1948) and the then-recent invasions of the Falkland Islands and Grenada. The film stars Caine as Baxter Thwaites, a Governor who has ‘gone native’ (similarly to his role in The Honorary Consul), and Billy Connolly as local biracial activist Delgado, supported by the last performance of Leonard Rossiter, as Sir Malcolm Leveridge, and one of the last performances of Fulton Mackay.
Water is a 1985 British comedy film scripted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, directed by Clement, and starring Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly, Dennis Dugan, Fulton Mackay, Dick Shawn.
Directed by: Dick Clement
Starring: Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly, Dennis Dugan, Fulton Mackay, Dick Shawn
Screenplay by: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Production Design by: Norman Garwood
Cinematography by: Douglas Slocombe
Film Editing by: John Victor-Smith
Costume Design by: James Acheson
Art Direction by: Keith Pain
Music by: Mike Moran
Distributed by: Atlantic Releasing
Release Date: April 18, 1986