A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.



Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Rating: 15
Directed By: Dick Clement
Written By: Ian La Frenais (screenplay), Bill Persky, Dick Clement
Released: 1985
Runtime: 115 minutes


Michael Caine as Governor Baxter Thwaites
Valerie Perrine as Pamela Weintraub
Brenda Vaccaro as Dolores Thwaites
Leonard Rossiter as Sir Malcolm Veveridge
Billy Connolly as Delgado Fitzhugh


The story is set in the fictional Caribbean British colony of Cascara.

Widely ignored by the British Government, media and general public, local Governor Baxter Thwaites is having an easy life in his small and peaceful colony.

That peace is disturbed when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering water – at the standard of the finest table water brands (and laxative companies as it contains a substance that makes you “shit like clockwork”).

Different parties, including Downing Street, the Cascara Liberation Front, the White House and the Cubans take interest in the future of the island and threaten to destroy the cosy way of life enjoyed by the island’s inhabitants.

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