Dick Clement (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
One of the disasters that sank the British film company HandMade, Water stars Michael Caine as a British diplomat on a West Indian island awash with Communist insurrection and Americans dredging mineral water - a kind of sparkling Castreau? Intended as a satire on the Falklands and Grenada, it falls flat in all departments, mainly because co-writers Dick Clement (who also directs) and Ian La Frenais couldn't sustain a narrative over their usual 30-minute sitcom ration. Valerie Perrine and Brenda Vaccaro are irritating, Billy Connolly embarrassing and Maureen Lipman sadly miscast as a Mrs Thatcher figure. Only the marvellous Leonard Rossiter raises a smile.


A bid to drill for oil on a British Caribbean colony uncovers a source of mineral water instead. The island's laidback governor is soon having to cope with representatives of various nations keen to exploit the find - while members of the local revolutionary movement also see a chance to further their cause. Comedy, starring Michael Caine, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly and Valerie Perrine.

Cast & Crew

Baxter Thwaites Michael Caine
Pamela Valerie Perrine
Dolores Brenda Vaccaro
Sir Malcolm Leveridge Leonard Rossiter
Delgado Billy Connolly
Rob Dennis Duggan
Eric Fulton Mackay
Jay Jay Jimmie Walker
Deke Halliday Dick Shawn
Spender Fred Gwynne
Prime minister Maureen Lipman
Spenco executive Ruby Wax
Director Dick Clement
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD