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A mystery centering around a respectable judge, his wife, her ex-lover, their neighbor and a dead body that complicates all of their lives.


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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, Craig Sheffer, Billy Zane, Shay Duffin
  • Directors: Jim Wilson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAQA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Head Above Water" on IMDb

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you like this genre, you'd have to agree that this is a fantastic dark comedy. It's not slapstick or gross-out--just an interesting story with lots of irony and lots of twists. I loved this movie because it's so unpredictable and things go from bad to worse all because of a questionable decision made at the beginning of the story. This is not "the greatest movie ever made" (see earlier review), but it definitely doesn't stink. It's very clever and you will probably want to see it again to pick up on some of the subtleties.
I was very pleasantly surprised because I hadn't heard of it at the theaters and yet it was such a treat to watch. In my opinion, this was much more enjoyable and creative than There's Something About Mary. In fact, I think it's Cameron Diaz's best movie. If you like her work, you owe it to yourself to rent it. Harvey Keitel is also excellent as the husband.
And if you're reading this Cameron, will you marry me? :-)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Ellis on April 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I cant beleive im the first person to review this film. Its so about time it was released on DVD. Well Art House movies dont always get my attention but this flick is brilliant. Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz dazzle in the story about a high profile judge who weds a previous defendant in one of his court cases, though she is at least 30 years his junior!! Things just seem to get tougher for Diaz as the movie goes on to hide her ex (dead)lover in their house on a beautiful island off the Boston coast.
The scenery is fantastic, the acting superb, this movie will take you away from the everyday. Soundtrack is excellent. Enjoy
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
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Most Enjoyable, with excellent performances from Harvey and Cameron Diaz. Well worth watching. The photographic work and locations are also pleasing to the eye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delta Foxtrot on April 17, 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not a review of the movie, just the picture quality of this particular blu-ray. It looks like an upscan of a dvd at best; in fact, I think the dvd has better picture quality. It's a shame that a really fun movie like this (and Cameron Diaz never looked better in the theatrical release, in my opinion) gets such a lousy release in "high definition."

Sad.

This is the version with the FSK 12 age warning on the cover. There is another German Region B Blu-ray release, but the cover is identical except for the FSK 12 warning, so if anyone has that version I'd like to hear how the picture quality is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Louise from Green Oak on July 9, 2009
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I love movies that make me laugh and this one did. Harvey Keitel was great and very funny. Cameron Diaz was good too, though I fail to see her "beauty". To me she is very average looking, but good at being ditzy when acting. I never liked Keitel until I saw this movie. It was a movie like "When Bad Things Happen", Diaz having been in that one with Christian Slater, but this one was comedy and irony whereas "When Bad Things Happen" (I hope I have that title correct) was irony and serious. I will watch this one again. Worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By danzel on August 18, 2010
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A very quirky black comedy that had me laughing out loud.
I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a laugh.It is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock in it's off beat comedic cadence.
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Format: DVD
Released in 1996, "Head above Water" is a black/romantic dramedy about a couple living on an island off the coast of Maine (Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz) and their grounds keeper (Craig Sheffer). A series of serious problems arise when the girl's ex-boyfriend visits while the guys are on a fishing trip (Billy Zane).

This is a generally entertaining farce highlighted by the beauty of both Diaz and the coastal locations. While the plot is simple you have to pay attention or you'll miss various twists where the viewer is led to believe one thing, which is then proved false by further information. I didn't pay attention too well the first time I viewed it and therefore discovered some enlightening elements on my second viewing.

BOTTOM LINE: "Head above Water" isn't bad at all, but it's not great either, although it has an interesting subtext (see below). At any rate, it's a must for Diaz fans (as well as Keitel and Sheffer) and those who love the Maine coast.

The film runs 96 minutes and was shot in Phippsburg, Maine.

GRADE: Borderline B-/C+

***SPOILER ALERT*** (Don't read further if you haven't seen the movie)

The subtext is obvious: Beautiful women equal death (think Metallica's DEATH MAGNETIC). In the movie Natalie is indirectly the cause of death of all the men, which include: the bad boy (Kent), the fatherly husband (George), her best friend from childhood who's always had a crush on her (Lance), and the policeman at the end seeking to save a damsel in distress.
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This movie "Head Above Water" (1997) is packed with top-notch actors such as Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz. A plus is the great aquatic scenery.

You want to start figuring out what is going to happen from the beginning of the story. You may draw conclusions; however you are wrong.

As the different problems arise for each of the characters, their correction attempts only cause the problems to snowball. I keep thinking of Dave Barry "Big Trouble" [UNABRIDGED] ISBN: 1567404596 and how Dave starts out saying something that seems innocuous and soon it gets blown out of proportion and you find yourself defending some indefensible illogical stance. This film starts out with a simple problem that in the end looks ridiculous. But at the very last moment it takes care of its self (or does it?)

Did I mention it is a lot of fun?
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