Directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Richard LaGravenes, "Water For Elephants" stars Robert Pattinson as 'Jacob Jankowski', Reese Witherspoon as 'Marlena', Christoph Waltz as 'August', Mark Povinelli as 'Kinko/Walter', Jim Norton as 'Camel', Scott MacDonald as 'Blackie', Ken Foree as 'Earl' and Paul Schneider as 'Charlie O'Brien' :
"...As a young man, 'Jacob Jankowski' (Pattinson) was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the 'Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth'. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for the older Jacob (Hal Holbrook), now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
"...It was there that he met 'Marlena', (Witherspoon) the equestrian star married to 'August' (Waltz), the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met 'Rosie', an un-trainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show.
"The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival..."
"Water For Elephants" opens April 22, 2011.
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