The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

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Released 2007

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Director:
Jay Russell
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a 2007 fantasy film directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the children's novel The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith. During World War II, young Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel) lives with his mother and older sister Kirstie (Priyanka Xi) on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. As he is playing near the loch one day, he discovers a large egg and takes it home with him. A strange creature soon hatches from the egg, and Angus realizes that it is the legendary water horse, also known as the Loch Ness monster. His sister and handyman Lewis Mowbray (Ben Chaplin) learn about the water horse, nicknamed Crusoe by Angus, and they help him hide the rapidly growing creature. However, when British troops arrive and set up camp at Angus's home, he discovers that protecting Crusoe will be more difficult than he ever imagined.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Laura Kern

    Ffamily-friendly escapist fare that should enthrall, without insult, fantasy-minded viewers of any age.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    An enchanting tale of friendship and evolvingrelationships, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" engagingly grafts coming-of-age movie chestnuts onto Scottish folklore.

  • 80

    Variety Justin Chang

    Though it strikes some predictable coming-of-age notes, this moving, well-wrought adventure should appeal to fans of "E.T." and Carroll Ballard.

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