Kevin Costner rescues the girl from Dennis Hopper's oil tanker lair. Hopper dies shortly afterward when his jet-ski collides with two other smokers' jet-skis. The group find Dry Land and settle there, but Costner goes back to the sea. What's good about the ending, though, is that dry land is the top of Mount Everest. Therefore, by leaving, Costner will not find any other dry land.
Helen: You've been there, haven't you? Dryland? You know where it is.
Mariner: Yeah, I know where it is.
Helen: And uh, and we're going?
Mariner: You and I are. The kid we gotta pitch over the side.
Mariner: My boat's tore up. I'm taking on water. [Points to filtration system.] I'd be lucky to get half a hydro ration out of that.
Helen: You know, I said I won't drink.
Mariner: For twelve days? [Helen nods.] No. It's better that one of you dies now, than both of you die slow.
Helen: Wait. Wait. We saved your life. We got you out.
Mariner: No. You got me out so you could get out. We're even.
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