Open Water Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Open Water Script


            Hey, Don. It's Daniel.

            Listen. Don't put the boiler in until I get back.

            The framing inspection isn't before a couple of weeks,

            So we got plenty of time.

            I'll check in with you guys in a couple of days, ok?

            Take care. Bye.

            First thing I will do is try to find another producer.

            There's gotta to be somebody else in town who could help us out.

            Just for the pre-game.

            Hold on just a second, Cal.

            Hey, just one second.

            I gotta go.

            Call me back if you need me. Good luck!

            Ok, bye.

            Hey, I'm so sorry.

            What's up?

            I got stuck in the phone with Cal.

            The crew hasn't even made it to the arena yet.

            That's not good.

            I don't know what they gonna do.

            Are all the lights out?

            No. They're all on.

            Just checking.

            Are you sure you want to load that thing with you?

            I don't even think we can get online there.

            Oh, we can. I checked.

            All set?

            Let's just try to remember...

            It's Cal.

            Hey, just a second.

            This is supposed to be a vacation.

            I know. And boy, do we need one.

            Hey, what's up?

            Well, that could work.


            We're all set for the morning. We have to be at the dock at  :  .

            Did you have a little shower?



            I'm so glad I made you bring this.

            There's gotta be thundershowers tomorrow night late.

            Looks like it's gonna be crowded in the boat tomorrow.

            I hope it's not a cattle boat.

            We'll just do our own thing. Did you ask?

            No. They seem pretty relaxed.

            Why is it so hot here?

            Air conditioner is blasted.


            - We didn't come for the room. - That's for sure.

            Considering how much time we had to put this whole thing together,

            I'm amazed if we got anything.

            I'm not complaining.

            Yes, you are.

            Alright, I'm done.

            Want to check your email?

            No. I'm on vacation, remember?


              That tasted good.

              His face!

              You too.

              Yeah. It's different. I'm a girl.

              - Yeah? - Yeah.

              So how are you?


              A little stressed. Still I guess.

              It's about work?

              Yeah, work, life.

              Maybe I can get you to think of something else.

              You ok?

              I might not be in the mood.

              Just thought like you might be a second ago.

              Could go either way, I guess.

              Maybe I need to give you a little nudge.

              Yeah, I'm not in the mood.

              That wasn't the direction I was trying to nudge you in.

              Sorry. I'm just tired.

              It's been a long day.

              We can talk.

              Nah, you are right.

              We should get some sleep.

              I'm wiped.

              Very funny.

              All right, ladies and gentlemen...

              Welcome aboard the world famous "Reef Explorer".

              My name's Davis.

              I'm going to be one of the guides on board our vessel today.

              Also driving your boat with, huh, Linda

              and Junior. Junior is gonna be the next guide on board our vessel.

              We are going to be knocked to a dive site called "Magic Kingdom".

              Now things you want to look for down there on this dive:

              spotted eels, spotted morays,

              enough of stingrays in the sand, there's angelfish, parrot fish,

              tropical fish, barbed beauties...

              Is there any big fish like sharks or anything?

              Yeah. We're going out to the open ocean,

              so chances are you probably might see a shark or three.

              But, you know, like I tell everybody who see a shark,

              if you don't want to see it, close your eyes.

              No problem.

              Sharks over here are not very aggressive towards human beings,

              so therefore you don't really have to worry about sharks.


              Ok, that's enough guys. Enjoy the ride out.

              Ok, guys. I need to have your attention for just a few minutes.

              We are going to be entering the water in a minute.

              Once that everybody has entered their gear, what we want you to do is

              a buddy system to enter the water first.

              Once that buddy systems are in the water, we are going to have guided divers,

              and myself, Linda, and Junior, is gonna help you guys get into water.

              Linda is on surface support, so

              if you surface in a distance away from the boat,

              You want to let her know that you are OK.

              You start to let her know you are OK by giving her a big "O" over your head.

              If you are not Ok, you do the international distress signal.

              The international distress signal is simple,

              very easy to do. It's like this:


              Ok? All right?

              Very easy, very simple.

              Once everybody's in the water,

              I want you to make your way to the white float ball.

              The white float ball is at the stern of the boat.

              - We want you to huh... - May I sit there?

              - Excuse me. - I'm sorry. Go ahead. I'm sorry.

              Is that your mask? I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

              - You didn't bring your mask? - I brought it. I don't know what happened.

              It was supposed to be here.

              Sorry, sorry everybody. I'm just, you know...

              Anxious to dive. I don't wanna... Do you have extra masks on the...

              - Linda, did you bring an extra mask? - You have an extra mask, Linda?

              No, I don't have an extra mask.

              - Junior? - Anyone?

              Does anyone have an extra mask?


              You can't dive without a mask.

              Yeah, I understand that.

              Thank you, Travis.

              Davis, Davis. I'm sorry guys. Go on.

              Alright guys. The dive is going to be at a maximum drop of    feet, so...

              Therefore, we are going to be down there for about    minutes.

              You are ready?


              - Are you ok? - Yeah, I'm ok.

              I can't equalize my ears.

              Ok. Are you going to report to the guardian,

              trying to get equalized?

              I don't think I can go down.

              Alright, do me a favor. Inflate your BC,

              put the regulator in your mouth

              and swim back towards the platform.


              Up, stand up, stretch your knees up.

              - How was it down there? - I didn't get down.

              You didn't. Why not? What happened?

              I can't get my ears equalized.

              You feel all right?

              Yeah, I'm good. Thanks.

              You mind if I borrow this? Is it ok?

              I'll bring it right back. Save some time. Yeah?

              - Sure. - Thank you. God bless you. I Love you.

              Are you going down now?

              Yeah, Linda, I'm going down.


              The only problem I have is

              you don't have a buddy right now.

              I don't need a buddy. I've dived all my life.

              Unfortunately you do if you're on our boat, sir.

              Your boat.

              Give me a break. Find a buddy for me.

              Someone down there's coming back up.

              Can you dive with me?

              Unfortunately, if I don't find you a buddy, I can't let you go, sir.

              I love high water. I'm diving in the finest. Help me.

              Come on, dive.

              - What's your name? - Brian.

              Are you ready to go, Brian? We're set. See? I got a buddy.

              All set.

              - Sir, your regulator. - Regulator.

              - Yes, sir. - Yeah, got one of those.

              Have a good time.

              Thank you.

              There's a place in Heaven for you.

              I love you. Thank you.

              It was great, man.

              - Yeah, I'm good. You good? - Yeah.

              Thanks buddy. I appreciated.

              Thanks a lot.

              You are an angel. I needed that.

              - Did you see that shark down there? - Yeah.

              Did everybody enjoy their dive?


              That's good.

              Have we got everybody?

              Daniel, where is the boat?

              It's a good question.

              I guess it's one of those.

              You gotta be kidding me.

              It better be one of those.

              But which one do you think?

              I don't know.

              - Did you get us lost? - No.

              So we are in the right spot?

              Yes. I'm   % sure.

                %? Why only   %?

              'cause the boat is not here.

              There is a coral head exactly    feet below us.

              I marked it on the way down.

              Yeah. I can still see the stocks.

              The stocks?

              Yeah, there's three prawn, like a forked thing

              right below us.

              You are unbelievable.

              You can still find some of those little coral formation

              in the middle of the ocean, but

              you get lost going to my mother's.

              I need an incentive.

              You love my mother.

              They obviously cannot see us.

              You think it's time to swim?

              Swim where?

              I don't know. I think...

              That one is the closest.

              Honey, it's a bad idea.


              Because we are not sure that's our boat.

              And if it's not our boat,

              That means we could swim farther from our boat.

              Besides, you know how far away that is?

              It's really far.

              It's farther than that.

              And if it's not our boat, they can pull away at anytime.

              And our fucking boat, wherever the hell it is,

              will have a hell of time trying to find us.

              You're going somewhere?

              Just my face.

              I hate to tell you this, but,

              I didn't see anything that looks like any kind of coral formation.

              Could you just show me? I'd just feel better. Sure?

              See it? Cause I don't see anything.

              - Shit! - What?

              You don't see it, because it's not there.

              So does that mean...

              ...that since we've surfaced, we're drifting.

              Oh, shit. But what does that mean? Should we swim?

              Goddam it. We wasted all this time.

              Honey I hate to tell you this, but swim or not,

              we're going where this current decides.

              Are they moving?

              Hey! Yes.

              Oh God.

              Please let this be them.

              - It's gotta be, right? - Yes.

              - They're coming right this way. - Yep.

              You realize that's a distress signal.

              We are in distress.

              Daniel, did you just pee?


              You're so disgusting.

              You said you are a little cold.

              Daniel, was that a shark?

              Maybe, or a dolphin.

              If it was a dolphin, you'd be on your way over there to play with it,

              so you obviously think it was a shark.

              - That's all we need right now. - That's ok.

              You were patting a shark less than an hour ago.

              Please, that was nothing but a big old catfish.

              It was more than two hours ago.

              You know, now I'm starting to really get cold.

              It's ok.

              Oh, Jesus Christ!

              I thought he said they never come that close.

              They also said the boat would be here.

              It's gone.

              It was probably just curious.

              A couple of bodies floating up in the middle of nowhere,

              I'm sure it's not something it sees everyday.

              Oh, Daniel. Where the hell are they?

              Oh, you gotta be kidding me.

              It makes me feel better.

              But what do we do if it comes back?

              I don't know.

              Do we splash? Do we stay still?

              You are the one who watches "Shark Week".

              First of all, we should be in a cage.

              No, we should be on land.

              - Sharks are attracted to wounded fish. - Ok.

              So I guess you just not splash around too much.

              - Just sort of... - Stay still?

              Try to stay still.

              Oh, God.

              Ok. I can't stand not knowing if it's under me.

              - I'm just gonna look, ok? - Ok.


              Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte in "Grace Quigley"

              and Nick Nolte and John Malkovich in "Mulholland Falls".

              How's that for a quick.

              Always quick.

              All right. It's your turn.

              I, hum...

              You know, I really don't feel like playing.


              Feel hungry?

              Of course.

              I'm starving.

              - Ouch! Shit! - What?

              Something just bit me here...

              What? Where?

              I don't know. It's right down by my ankle.

              Oh, God. It kills.

              Goddam it! It burns!

              I don't see anything.

              - Did it get you? - Yes!

              - What is it? - I don't know,

              but the fucker really stung me. It hurts.

              - Let's get the hell out of here. - Okay.

              - I think we are away from them. - Is that far enough?

              Anything? You got anything?


              Damn, those fuckers stung.

              I know.

              Where did it get you?

              On my ankle, on my leg.

              Through your wet suit?

              I don't know. I guess so.

              So are you ok?

              No. I'm not ok.

              Are you ok? We find our boat, we'll be ok.

              Oh, come on, honey.

              I know, I know, I know. I'm sorry.

              It really sucks,

              but we're going to get through this, ok?


              I know I know.

              God, okay.

              I've just never heard of anything so fucked up in my entire life.

              Who's ever heard of two people getting

              left in the middle of the ocean before?

              I have actually.

              - You have? - Yeah.


              Dive magazines.

              It's a lot more common than you think.

              Well, thanks for telling me when we got certified.

              Over there.

              Oh, my God. Oh, Daniel.

              Oh, God. Please, please, please, let just be them.

              Oh, God. I don't even care if it's not them.

              Just please see us and pick us up.

              I don't think they can see us.

              Wish we had more sun.

              - They can't see us. - I know.

              They are leaving.


              Stay close.

              What if they don't know we're missing?

              There's no way.

              They took a head count on the boat. I saw it.

              Our stuff is on board. We have their tanks.

              And we know we've drifted.

              It may take them a while, but they will find us.

              I hate to tell you, but I think my dramamine is running off.

              - You're getting nauseous? - Yeah.

              - Honey, I could kill those fuckers. - I know.

              It's just all this going up and down of the weights, I think.

              You're probably getting dehydrated.

              Yeah? But we can't drink the water, right?

              No. I should've told you that before.

              You didn't, did you?

              A little.

              Honey, stop.

              It will give you diarrhea, and make you even more dehydrated.

              Great. "Shark Week"?

              "Disasters At Sea", History Channel.

              I guess this means I have to stop complaining

              about you watching so much television.

              But I didn't know I might get something out of this.

              I'm really, really not feeling well.

              Oh, man.

              You think maybe if I took my weights out.

              then it wouldn't pull on me so much?

              Just keep the belt, drop the weights.

              You'll see'em try to charge us for those.

              Oh, hey. We should put our gloves on.

              How are your stings?

              Still there.

              They're the one thing I think the salt water is actually helping.

              This glove isn't helping them.

              I don't feel very good.

              Why don't you lay back for a little bit?

              - Yeah? - Yeah. Just lay back.

              - I'm sorry. - It's ok. I got you.

              - Just relax. - Ok.

              - There you go. - Ok.

              Just for a few minutes.

              Just relax.

              Close your eyes.

              Daniel, I have to pee.


              It's gonna be warm for a minute.



              Oh, God. Daniel!



              Daniel, I'm over here.


              Oh, thank God.

              It's ok. I got you.

              - Oh, my God. What happened? - I don't know.

              - Are you all right? - I'm fine. You ok?

              What happened? Where did you go?

              I must have fallen asleep and we drifted apart.

              - Jesus. - I'm sorry.

              You scared the hell out of me.

              I'm so sorry.

              It's ok. I'm glad you are here.

              Oh, my God.

              It's ok.

              How long are we sleeping?

              God, I'm so out of it.

              Jesus, we've been in the water for   hours.

              Daniel, I feel something on my leg.


              I don't know. It hurts.

              It's your sting?

              The wrong leg.

              Oh, my God. it really hurts.

              We just try to keep...

              I don't see anything.

              I can't either. It's on the back.

              I just can't tell. Hurt all over the whole thing.

              Just leave it alone. Ok? Don't tap it.

              I'm not touching it.

              Well, something is touching it.

              It's not me, honey. I'm not here. My hands are all here.

              - Something is tapping on it. - I will take a look.


              Oh, God. I feel sick.

              I'm sorry, honey. I threw up.

              Fish gotta eat too.

              Speaking of which, the thing patting at your leg,

              is just a little cleaner fish.

              What about my leg?

              A little cut.

              - How could it get cut? - I don't know.

              Maybe you rub it against my knife over sleeping, or something.

              Oh, come on. It wasn't a shark, was it?

              - No, honey. - Are you sure?

              No. If it was a shark, your leg would be gone.


              And most, it was a teeny little barracuda

              just checking to see if you tasted good.

              Oh, God. Is it deep?

              No, it's not deep.

              - Let's swim out this puke. - Ok.

              Come on.

              That's far enough, you think?


              Oh, baby. I'm sorry.

              I'm sorry.

              Rinse your mouth a little bit.


              Just don't swallow any, ok?

              Spit it back out.

              Can still feel that tapping.

              - What, the fish? - Yeah.

              Try not to focus on this. Relax.

              Here you go.

              What is it? Are you ok?

              It's leg cramp.

              Can I help you?

              Is there anything I can do?

              I got it. Ouch!

              We are really falling apart, aren't we?

              Oh, God. Oh, Honey. Oh, God.

              They're gone. They're gone.

              Jesus, Daniel. What kind are they?

              The big ones.

              I'm serious. Are they the bad kind?

              I have no idea.

              Oh, my God.

              No, no, no. Be still.

              Don't splash around.

              Oh, my God. This can't be normal.

              Honey, oh, honey.

              I don't know what is worse,

              seeing them or not seeing them.

              Seeing them.


              This is truly un-fucking believable.

              The best part is that we paid to do this.

              We paid to be out here.

              We paid those incompetent fuckers to drop us out

              in the middle of the fucking ocean.

              We wanted an ocean view. Boy, did we get it?

              You feel better?

              I wouldn't exactly call it better.

              You finished yelling?

              That could be.

              Oh, good. You're not the only one stuck out here, you know.

              What? Are you mad at me?


              Why? Because I was yelling?


              Fine. You be mad.

              It's a great vacation, honey, isn't it?

              So now we entered no talking phase, uh?

              Could you maybe answer one last question?

              Has this somehow over the hours become my fault?

              Let's just drop it.

              Of course.

              You believe what you want to believe.

              But I know for certain that we were in the right spot.

              It's not just a matter of being in the right spot.

              It's being there on time.

              We were on time. We were early. He said   :  .

              Do we always have to get it so close?

              For God's sake,

              Why don't we stay with the group?

              We always have to do things different than everybody else.

              We shouldn't have spent so much time with that god damn eel.

              Well, that's a nice touch, adding "we".

              Especially since you wanted have nothing to do with that fucking eel.

              Do you honestly, seriously, honey,

              Do you honestly think that we got left behind

              because we were late?

              I'm serious.

              Do you have any idea how idiotic that sounds?

              Oh, so now I'm an idiot.

              We are where we are, aren't we?

              Yes, fine, because of me.

              You refused to swim.

              My God. There were boats all around us.

              You refused, and now, look, look around us.

              We are stuck in the middle of the ocean.

              With nobody.

              Even if we had been swimming for the last five hours,

              We would not be any closer to a boat than we are now.

              The only reason we are even out here in the first place,

              is because of your fucking job.

              - What? - If it were not for your job,

              We would not have thrown out our plan out of the window,

              Rush around the last minute, and

              Settled on this fucking trip.

              We would be at home,

              in the middle of our hectic lives,

              which right now sounds like heaven to me.

              And in a month's time,

              as we planned seven, seven months ago,

              we would be where we were supposed to be in the first place,

              and paying less than we are now to be shark bait.

              Oh, damn it.

              I can't even believe you bring all that up right now.

              You were the one that picked the dates.

              Yeah, out of my whopping two choices, this was the better date.

              I wanted to go skiing.

              Oh, God.

              I can't believe how far we've drifted.

              You think the current will take us over there?


              How's your leg?

              It's ok.

              You know, hurts a little bit, but it...

              it's ok.

              All right, let's go for it.

              - I love you. - I love you.

              We are gonna be fine.

              Other people going to vacations,

              they spend their days

              just laying around,

              eating and drinking.

              That sounds pretty good right now.

              Actually that could.

              This'll be the story we'll be telling

              for the rest of our lives.

              - Daniel. - What?

              Look. Wait.

              Oh, my God.

              Wait. They are five of them.

              Look. Hold on.

              Where those comes from?

              You know how dry my mouth gets when I'm diving,

              I wanted put them in the dive's bag

              but you had it,

              so I stuffed them in here at the last minute.

              Oh. Never thought anything could taste so good.

              Just hold me for a second, ok?

              I gotta make sure we don't lose these ones.

              I got you.


              - You're done? - Yeah.

              What is it?

              You are all right?

              Oh, my God.

              - I don't see it. - Are you ok?

              I don't know.

              I'm bit.

              Oh, my God, honey.

              I'm bit.

              The fucker bit me.

              Ok, Hold on.

              I'm gonna look.

              Oh, God. It fucking hurts.

              Daniel, breathe, ok?

              Stay right here.

              I'm gonna look. Ok?

              I'm gonna go look. You keep breathing.

              Daniel, listen to me.

              - I'm going to go look. You breathe. - I'm breathing.

              Ok. Stay where you are.

              I can't see.

              My leg is still there, right? I can feel it.


              It's all right, honey.

              You gotta put something on it.

              Ok. It's bleeding.

              It's bad, isn't it? It's bad.

              No. It's not that bad.

              Ok, I'm going to tie something around it.

              Just keep breathing for me, ok?

              I'm breathing.

              God, it fucking hurts.

              I'll put my weight belt tethering around it. You wait.

              This can't be happening.

              How could this be happening.

              I got bitten by a shark.

              We could actually be eaten alive by shark out here.

              We don't know anybody who's ever been bitten by a shark.

              There are always three or four guys

              there on the shark show.

              Hey, it's all right. It's not that bad.

              It's going to be fine, ok?

              You are going to have a nice scar to show your friends

              and that's it.

              Ok? Look at me.

              Look at me, baby.

              That's right. You are fine.

              You are not that bad.

              Just hurts right now.

              The salt water will make it get better

              It's ok. Just hold on.

              Just breathe.

              It's ok that it hurts.

              Oh, God. Something is trying to get to my foot.

              It's a big one.

              I love you.

              Stay still. Stay where you are.

              It's gonna be ok. You hold on.

              You hold on, Daniel.

              You don't leave me out here, by myself.

              You promise me you'll hold on.

              - My leg! - Daniel!

                Hello? Hello?

                It's the manager. Hello?

                - So what's the final weight on it? -  .  

                Give me a knife.

                How's that?


                That's what it ate.

                Check it out.

                Man, they really do eat anything.

                I wonder if it works.




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