The Water Diviner

April 24th, 2015


The Water Diviner

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An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.4/10 (22,321 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Russell Crowe

Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Writers: Andrew Knight, Andrew Anastasios

Jai Courtney - Lt-Col Cyril Hughes
Isabel Lucas - Natalia
Olga Kurylenko - Ayshe
Russell Crowe - Connor
Megan Gale - Fatma
Damon Herriman - Father McIntyre
Ryan Corr - Art
Jacqueline McKenzie - Eliza
Cem Yilmaz - Cemal
Yilmaz Erdogan - Major Hasan
Deniz Akdeniz - Imam
Dylan Georgiades - Orhan
Dan Wyllie - Captain Charles Brindley
Michael Dorman - Greeves
Robert Mammone - Colonel Demergelis

Taglines: A father's journey in search of his sons


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Country: Australia, Turkey, USA

Language: English, Turkish, Greek, Russian

Release Date: 26 December 2014

Filming Locations: Burra, South Australia, Australia

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Did You Know?

In the credits, Russell Crowe congratulates the South Sydney Rabbitohs on their 21st premiership, they are an Australian Rugby League team which Crowe co-owns. See more »

The Turks storm the (empty) ANZAC trenches on the 20th December 1915. The movie portrays this as a sunny day with hot weather. In reality snow and frost appeared as far back as November with as many as 16,000 cases of frostbite and exposure reported for November alone. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

Not going to give it 10 out of 10 stars, because you should always save your 10. However, this movie is close to perfect. Very loosely based on what might have been a true story (a war record that mentioned that 'only one father came looking for his sons' at Gallipoli after the war). Really well acted. The war scenes conveyed some of the horror without being gratuitous in the violence or gore. There was some shown, but only briefly, and really just enough to set the scenes. The movie is well- paced, well edited and doesn't drag. The lead actors (including the young Turkish boy) were all perfectly cast. At the start of the 100th anniversary year of the Gallipoli landings, this is a story that was well worth telling. Great job, Russell Crowe.


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