Water for Elephants (2011)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

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  • Kasia Pilewicz at an event for Water for Elephants (2011)
  • Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants (2011)
  • Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants (2011)
  • Reese Witherspoon at an event for Water for Elephants (2011)
  • Reese Witherspoon at an event for Water for Elephants (2011)
  • Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants (2011)

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15 April 2011 | alisagonzalez
| An amazing and magical movie
How to summarize this movie? How does one write about the magic you experienced? I do not know where to begin. The movie took me by storm, it was so fantastically well-made, colors, scenes, it captured one and brought one back to 1930 century magical, but oh so dark circus life. Robert impressed in his role and enchanted me once again. By his side was Reese as spectacular as she always is, beautiful, seductive and fragile. Their forbidden love and passion was captivating. But the movies big star in my opinion was Rosie, the stunning elephant. Could not help but to wish for my own Rosie.

The movie was wonderful in every way, romance, passion, action, tragedy, joy, yes, everything you can imagine. A different story (although it starts as the Titanic and has a similar feel) that enchanted me. I still can't stop thinking about the movie.

Must be seen!

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Did You Know?


The owner of the circus at the beginning mentions the Hagenbeck-Wallace wreck and the Hartford fire. These were actual circus disasters. On June 22, 1918 a troop train crashed into the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train because the driver fell asleep and did not see the warning signs about the stopped circus train. Eighty-six people were killed and another one hundred twenty-seven were injured. On July 6, 1944 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey big top circus tent at Hartford caught fire and killed one hundred sixty-nine people and injured over seven hundred.


Russ: Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Old Jacob: Did I miss the Spec?
Charlie: Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Old Jacob: Oh.
Charlie: Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them ...


The night Jacob and Marlena run away, when Marlena rushes in Jacob's compartment, she wears a black satin robe over her dress which can also be seen when they are standing over the edge of the train ready to jump. However, when they jump and start walking away from the trails, Marlena wears only her dress. The satin robe reappears when they get in the hotel room.

Crazy Credits

In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI.


I Do Like to Be Beside by the Seaside
Written by
George Wilson and John Glover Kind (as John Glover-Kind)
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