The Waterdance

Synopsis: A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as each character tries to deal with his new found handicap and the problems that go with it, especially Joel, whose lover Anna is having as difficult a time as he is. As Raymond reveals a dream about dancing on the surface of a lake to stay afloat, it becomes apparent that each of them must find his own Waterdance to survive his tragedy.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Hi, honey.


Oh, I'm sorry.

Dr. Shapiro to radiology.

Dr. Shapiro,

please report to radiology.

- Hey, Joel. I'm Les, man.

- Pleasure.

Sorry I'm late, man.

Man, these people around here got

me running around like a dog.

Broke your neck, huh?

I was hoping

no one would notice.

That halo's

a dead giveaway, man.

How'd it happen?

Hiking accident.


Out enjoying nature.

So, what do you do

for a living, Joel?

I'm a writer.

Is that right?

I'm a Stephen King man myself.

You like him?

He's fast.

Yeah, he's something else, man.

You got your hands?

It's all right, man. Don't sweat it.

They got computers, right?

You can type with your tongue.


Cincinnati trails 3-1.

They push one run across.

Three-one delivery...

Baby's comin' home


Be right back, man.

I am!

I am!

I am!

Les, I am!

Les, Vernon's calling you.

Yeah, thanks a lot.

Maybe I oughta teach him your name.

Joel, this is Rosa.

Rosa, this is Joel. Hi, Joel.

Les! See, the way it

works around here...

Is she's got the certificate,

but I really do all the work.

Don't listen to him.

He's always complaining.

Just stating the facts, ma'am.

Just stating the facts.

I am!

Hey, Jimmy, how ya doin'?

Mr. Gibson, hope they

had you up walking.

Oh, you know they did.

Rosita, Rosita,

eres tan bonita.

Victor! Flirting

in front of your wife?

Shame on you.

Um, everybody,

say hello to Joel.

He'll be with us for a while.

I am!

The guy almost kills me,

and he sends me

fucking candy, mom.

They look really

expensive, Bloss.

Did you see the card?

The card is really nice.

Mommy, what do you want? You want me

to send him a fucking thank-you note?

Les, I am!

I'm here, Vernon.

Don't worry about that.

You'll get used to it.

I'll go get your bed.


Yeah, look, I just wanna

talk to my woman.

A man has got a right to talk

to his woman, doesn't he?

No, I don't wanna hold!

Shit, I'm... shit. I am!

I'm gonna fuckin' kill you, Vernon,

if you don't shut the f*ck up!

I'm gonna slap you silly

if you don't shut the f*ck up.

He does it just

to bother me, mom.

Rosa, we got to do something about these

phone people. I can't even call my woman.

I know, Raymond.

Well, it's frustrating.

Rosa! I need you in 57 right now.

Just a second.

If you need anything, just holler, okay?

I'll be back.

Mom. Mom, I'm interested

in stories, okay? What?

I am! I am!

Ready to put you through.

It's about time.

What the hell y'all doing

over there, playing dominoes?

There's no need

for sarcasm, sir.

I am!

Signorelli's pizza.

Gotta put you on hold.

Now this is ridiculous.

Mama, please, look.

Did you get the lawyer?

Well, I tell ya, I tried, Bloss, but I couldn't

get that blond off the phone today.

Did you know she's going out

with that Arthur again?

Yeah, mom, you told me.

I did? I told you?

You told me.

She's sleeping with an army a week,

mom! And she's still

leading the man on.

Mom, look, we gotta get this

lawyer thing arranged, mom.


I swear to God, Vernon!

Got you in the halo, huh?

Yeah, man, I call that thing

a crown of thorns.

I thought they was gonna screw

that thing right into my brain.

How you doing? My name is Raymond hill.

My friends call me Ray.

Joel. Nice to meet you, Joel.

Nice to meet you.

Oh, this here?

Yeah, well,

crazy man chewed it off

in a fight.

But that was in my lawless days.

Look, Joel, if you need anything...

glass of water, something

from the snack bar, Les!

Anything like that...

you just call on me, okay?

- Thanks.

- All right.

It's a hard knock,

isn't it, buddy?

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Neal Jimenez

Neal Jimenez (born May 22, 1960) is a screenwriter and film director, best known for the 1986 film River's Edge. He was a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. He won Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay for The Waterdance.Jimenez attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In 1984, while a film student, he went hiking with some friends and slipped on a rock, falling twenty feet into a shallow pool below. He was initially paralyzed from the neck down but subsequent surgeries restored movement to his upper body and he has been a paraplegic since. The film The Waterdance, which he wrote and co-directed, was partly based on his experience in rehabilitation. He is of Mexican American descent. more…

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