The Shape of Water Movie Quotes

The Shape of Water movie quotes show that you don't have to have a voice to be heard in the film about a mute janitor who forms a connection with a human-amphibian creature. Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed the film using a story he created, with Vanessa Taylor also working on the screenplay. The Shape of Water opened widely to critical acclaim in the United States on December 8, 2017.

In The Shape of Water, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a janitor at a government test facility in the 1960s. While she is mute and cannot speak, her friend and coworker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins) often help translate her sign language to spoken English. 

Elisa's life changes when the facility brings in a strange half-human, half-amphibian creature (Doug Jones). Despite strict orders from facility leader Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) to stay away from what he calls the asset, Elisa forms a unique bond with the creature, despite neither having the ability to communicate vocally. So when Strickland wants to dissect the creature for further study, Elisa is put in a risky situation where she must decide to what lengths she will go to protect her new friend. 

The Shape of Water joined the late 2017 movie release schedule that also included several other critically acclaimed films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman, The Post, and Bright.  


  • Save Him or Let Him Die
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    Save Him or Let Him Die

    Elisa: [in sign language] I can either save him or let him die.
    Giles: Look, it’s not even human.
    Elisa: [in sign language] If we do nothing, then neither are we.

    Elisa and Giles have a conversation about what to do with the creature in these The Shape of Water movie quotes. As Elisa explains in sign language, she needs to save him to save her own humanity. 

    17 votes
  • The Princess Without Voice
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    The Princess Without Voice

    Giles: If I told you about her, the princess without voice, what would I say? 

    Giles, the neighbor and friend of Elisa, asks himself what he could say about Elisa in these The Shape of Water movie quotes. While he calls her a princess without voice, he cannot immediately vocalize the rest.

    11 votes
  • He Sees Me As I Am
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    He Sees Me As I Am

    Giles: When he looks at me, he does not know how I am incomplete. He sees me as I am.

    Translating what Elisa signs in these The Shape of Water movie quotes, Giles explains how Elisa feels about the creature. Elisa says that the creature can see her the way she sees herself, which is a welcome change from how others often view her.

    18 votes
  • Think That's What the Lord Looks Like?
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    Think That's What the Lord Looks Like?

    Colonel Richard Strickland: You may think that thing looks human. It stands on two legs, right? But we’re created in the Lord’s image. You don’t think that’s what the Lord looks like, do you?

    Colonel Strickland shares his feeling about the creature and it's easy to see that he's not a fan. The half-amphibian, half-human being isn't exactly what Strickland sees as looking like his god. 

    9 votes
  • This Creature is Intelligent
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    This Creature is Intelligent

    Dr. Robert Hoffstetler: This creature is intelligent, capable of language, of understanding emotions.

    In this The Shape of Water movie quote, lab scientist Hoffstetler explains that the strange creature isn't a dummy. It might not be able to communicate by speaking, but it can surely understand, just like Elisa.

    5 votes
  • We Need to Take It Apart
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    We Need to Take It Apart

    General Hoyt: The Soviets want it. We know that much.
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    Colonel Richard Strickland: We need to take it apart, learn how it works.
    Dr. Robert Hoffstetler: I don’t want an intricate, beautiful thing destroyed!

    It's not entirely clear what the creature in the lab is, but it's certainly something many government agencies would love to have. To find out what it is, Strickland wants to dissect it, which would destroy it.

    5 votes