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This insider said that the Waterworld numbers didn’t look that bad on paper back then, and would fare better on the bottom line if made today.
NY Times (1995)
"Waterworld" is a big, brawny, overzealously bizarre epic punctuated by daring action scenes, which are sloppily assembled (the sky or ocean color seldom matches in any two consecutive scenes) but still exciting.
In the old days in Hollywood, they used to brag about how much a movie cost. Now they apologize.