- Cast: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, James Frain, Paul Schneider, Hal Holbrook, Tim Guinee, Dan Lauria, Tatum Etheridge, Ken Foree, Mark Povinelli, Scott MacDonald, Richard Brake, Jim Norton, Calvin Dean, Brad Greenquist, Donna W. Scott, Tracy Phillips, E.E. Bell, Abbie Dunn, Emerson Brooks, Jim Jansen, Stephen Taylor, Niko Novick
- Director: Francis Lawrence
- Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Sara Gruen
- Producers: Gil Netter, Erwin Stoff, Andrew R. Tennenbaum
- Executive Producer: Kevin Halloran
- Art Direction: David Crank
- Casting: Denise Chamian
- Costume Design: Jacqueline West
- D.O.P.: Rodrigo Prieto
- Editor: Alan Edward Bell
- Makeup: Kate Biscoe
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Jack Fisk
- Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.
A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.
Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: California, USA; Georgia, USA; Tennessee, USA
- MPAA Warning: Moments of intense violence and sexual content
- Production Budget: $38 million
- Production Companies: 3 Arts Entertainment, Crazy Horse Effects, Flashpoint Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures
- Production Schedule: 20 May 2010 - 4 August 2010