The Waterdance
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Paralyzed in a 1984 accident, writer/director Neal Jimenez (of River's Edge fame) channelled his own experiences and emotions into his 1991 film Waterdance. Eric Stoltz stars as a young writer left incapacitated by a hiking accident. He is placed in a paraplegic ward, peopled by patients of all races and emotional states. Together with his new-found friends, Stoltz rebels against the hospital system and his own debilitation. Helen Hunt and Wesley Snipes are among the costars in this effective update (though not a remake) of 1950's The Men. Waterdance was given a brief theatrical… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's most striking about the film is its meticulous attention to detai, authenticity, and tight focus: This is the story of 3 ordinary guys, not war heroes, who happen to be in wheel chairs; Jimenez based the script on his personal experience."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An experience from a gifted writer telling a story from personal experience, as opposed to some hack culling together a melodrama about how sad it is to be crippled."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A paraplegic squares off against fear, anger, loneliness and despair."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A film of stellar performances. Stoltz is nothing short of sensational."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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