A mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) working in a secret U.S. government lab in 1962 befriends an otherworldly, aquatic creature (Doug Jones) who's being held there against its will. In time, she and her friends decide to help it escape from captivity, even if it means risking the wrath of a ruthless G-man (Michael Shannon). Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer co-star. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth).~Jack Rodgers
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Doug JonesAmphibian Man
Lauren Lee SmithElaine Strickland
Michael StuhlbargMr. Robert Hoffstetler
Nick SearcyGeneral Hoyt
Martin RoachBrewster Fuller
John KapelosMr. Arzoumanian
Morgan KellyPie Guy
Dru ViergeverMilitary Policeman
Wendy LyonSally (Secretary)
Guillermo del ToroProducer
J. Miles DaleProducer
Guillermo del ToroScreen Story
Alexandre DesplatComposer (Music Score)
Paul Denham AusterberryProduction Designer
Nigel ChurcherArt Director
Daniel KrausAssociate Producer
Luis M. SequeiraCostume Designer
Pierre HenryFirst Assistant Director
Robin D. CookCasting
Brad ZoernRe-Recording Mixer
Christian CookeRe-Recording Mixer
Dennis BerardiVisual Effects Supervisor
Glen GauthierProduction Sound Mixer
J. Miles DaleUnit Production Manager
Jordan SamuelDepartment Head Makeup
Nathan RobitailleSupervising Sound Editor
Steve LucescuStunts Coordinator
Action and Adventure,Adventure,Fantasy
Fantasy Drama,Romantic Adventure,Sci-Fi Adventure
The Shape of Water
Year of Release
Includes Digital Copy, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
20th Century Studios
The Shape of Water [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
An alien creature has been caught by the government and being mistreated. The Russians are trying to steal the information. A blue collar worker falls in love with the creature and is able to communicate with it. Excellent movie premise with an excellent storyline and excellent actors and actresses. A five star production.
I have to say, I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this movie. I ended up loving it, its so weird and quirky. It's beautifully put together and will keep you entranced throughout the whole movie. Definitely recommend buying.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Another Del Toro fantasy masterpiece.
Guillermo del Toro is today’s master of fantasy, having been a childhood lover of monsters growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, before making some of the finest films of recent years -- from the ghostly horror of “The Devil’s Backbone” in 2001 to his gothic horror/romance, “Crimson Peak” in 2015. Indubitably, however, his greatest film is “Pan’s Labyrinth”, the 2006 film many of us consider the finest fantasy film ever made. Now he’s broken new ground with “The Shape of Water”, one of the year’s most beautiful films. Set in Baltimore in the year 1962 at the height of the Cold War, the plot follows a mute janitor at a secret government laboratory who forms a bond with a captured amphibian of the “Creature of the Black Lagoon” variety. Her name is Elisa, and Sally Hawkins plays her with an artistry that seems to reach back to the silent days of Chaplin and Keaton. Michael Shannon, with devoted viciousness, plays the right-wing Colonel Strickland, someone more interested in dissecting the creature for exploitation purposes than he is concerned over the space race with the Soviets. Del Toro saw “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” on TV at 7 years old and it changed his life. Wishing a different ending for it in which the Gill Man and co-star Julie Adams would consummate their romance and live ‘happily ever after’, he wrote various scripts of a remake through the years that Universal studio executives wound up rejecting. “The Shape of Water” is the result of del Toro’s dream, and now today, with more permissive filmmaking allowable, he’s able to deal with the previously verboten issue between fish and human. The resulting film is a worthy accomplishment not only for its production design (embodying various shades of green) and its special effects, but also for attaining the level of a genuine adult fairy tale that deals with issues of trust, tolerance, and love in the human condition -- but most of all what it’s like to be an outsider (whether a lonely mute woman, gay man, overweight black woman, or an amphibious sea creature). “This is a healing movie for me,” del Toro states; one likes to think it would be for viewers as well.
It’s nice to purchase both dvd and Blu-ray in one package. This was an excellent movie. Easy to find in Best Buy as the movies are alphabetical which makes finding what you want effortless and quick so you can shop for other items.
Although deserving of praise for the value it places on authenticity and genuine concern for life, it is somewhat disconcerting and has a decidedly anti government and anti military worldview. A sort of "love in spite of the powers that be" theme, which plays off of the themes of current political movements. But very well written and well made, and definitely worth watching.
This was a gift. It’s a very unexpected enjoyable movie about a man sleeping with a fish woman. Super bizarre but what else would you expect from a movie called “ the shape of water”. I don’t know why it’s enjoyable just like I don’t know why puppies make me smile.
Director Guillermo del Toro's best movie since Pan's Labyrinth - The Shape of Water won him a well deserved Best Director Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards and the movie won the Best Picture Oscar.
Del Toro originated the idea based on childhood memories of Creature from the Black Lagoon and co-wrote the screenplay and co-produced the movie.
This was so worth watching! It was an excellent movie that captured my attention from the beginning! I love stories that make you want to keep watching and waiting to see what happens next! I highly recommend seeing this!