Film review: Waterdance, The

Published: Friday, May 29 1992 12:00 a.m. MDT

"The Waterdance" is a rough R-rated film, with quite a bit of profanity, vulgarity and some explicit sex and nudity. But it is also the moving story of a man who must come to terms with his life after a debilitating accident.

Eric Stoltz stars as a writer who has a hiking accident, breaks his neck and then finds himself in a hospital surrounded by others who have lost the use of their limbs. And he's not the only one with a chip on his shoulder.

The other two main paraplegics here are played by Wesley Snipes and William Forsythe, and all three offer excellent performances in what are heavy emotional roles. Also good is Helen Hunt as a married woman in love with Stoltz.

Based on a true story, the life of writer/co-director Neal Jimenez, the film has its share of cliched and over-the-top moments, but the investment by this fine troupe of actors - in particular Stoltz - helps the emotions hit home even when the story seems familiar.

"The Waterdance" is rated R for sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, violence and drugs.