Water Daybill Movie Poster Original 1985 Michael Caine
Daybill Poster.Water is a 1985 British comedy film directed by Dick Clement and starring Michael Caine. It was scripted by Clement and Ian La Frenais. The film was one of three movies that HandMade Films (Beatle George Harrison’s Company) intended to shoot in 1984, the others being A Private Function and a comedy from John MacKenzie, The Travelling Man (which ultimately would not be made). It was written by the experienced comedy duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, who had just made Bullshot (1983) for HandMade. The role of Sir Malcolm Leveridge was originally offered to John Cleese. Cleese read the script and turned it down; Leonard Rossiter played the role instead, in what turned out to be Rossiter's last film. George Harrison normally did not get too involved in production of HandMade's films. However he helped out on Water by appearing in the concert at the end and getting his friends Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr to appear. "George was very leery of appearing in his own company's movies," says Clement, "that was a big help to the film. We called in a few favours and, obviously, the Harrison connection didn't hurt. The film was released in London in January 1985 and was briefly in the top ten box office listing.