Co-directing debut of writer Neal Jimenez (River's ed ge, For the Boys) with Michael Steinberg is a smashing success, the writer's semi-autobiographical story of a young man's struggle to avoid despair after a crippling accident.

Co-directing debut of writer Neal Jimenez (River’s ed ge, For the Boys) with Michael Steinberg is a smashing success, the writer’s semi-autobiographical story of a young man’s struggle to avoid despair after a crippling accident.

Set in a hospital for paralyzed men where a young novelist (Eric Stoltz) lands after a hiking accident, pic is about his coming to terms with the fate he shares with others in the ward; among them, a hostile white redneck biker (William Forsythe) and a restless, fast-talking black man (Wesley Snipes).

Script unfolds with a spirit and sparkle devoid of self-indulgence, and Stoltz plays the lead with lightness, wit and balance, as well as a measure of despair and denial. Much of the pic concerns the anguish of these young men at losing sexual ability, and this aspect of paralysis is covered with a frankness heretofore unseen.

The Waterdance

Production

JBW. Director Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg; Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Marie Cantin; Screenplay Neal Jimenez; Camera Mark Plummer; Editor Jeff Freeman; Music Michael Convertino; Art Director Bob Ziembicki

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Eric Stoltz Helen Hunt William Forsythe Wesley Snipes Elizabeth Pena
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