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Stir of Echoes (1999)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  10 September 1999 (USA)
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After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.

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Tom's a regular guy, a utilities lineman, married, with a young son, his wife is pregnant; he hangs out with long-time pals in a Chicago neighborhood. At a party, his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, and he goes into a deep trance. Before waking him, she suggests that he keep his mind open. That night he sees flashes of violence and the ghost of a young woman. His young son, too, is "a receiver," but while the boy is calm and coherent in his conversations with spirits, Tom is confused and agitated. Over time, the young woman's story comes to the surface, and Tom begins a hunt for her body that puts him and his usually understanding wife, Maggie, in grave danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some doors weren't meant to be opened. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,811,664 (USA) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

£818,213 (UK) (16 June 2000)
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Trivia

In an earlier version of David Koepp's script, there were some important differences from the finished movie:
  • Maggie Witzky's hypnotist sister Lisa was actually a brother called Philip.


  • To find out what was wrong with him, Tom Witzky had an MRI scan done by a cousin of Maggie's, a neurologist named Elizabeth.


  • We found out that Tom Witzky had first met his wife while working as a lifeguard. His psychic abilities helped save her from drowning.


  • Instead of accusing the Witzkys of having something to do with her sister's disappearance, the young babysitter was worried they were abusing their son. Tom found out she was being abused by her stepfather and chased him out of town.


  • At the end of the movie, Maggie gave birth to a girl with the same psychic abilities as the couple's son.


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Goofs

The number of Tom and Maggie's house changes during the flashbacks. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake Witzky: [to someone] Okay. Guess who came over to play...
[singing]
Jake Witzky: Superheros. I was Black Power Ranger. He was Batman.
Tom Witzky: Jake, you okay in there buddy?
Jake Witzky: I'm okay.
[to whoever else]
Jake Witzky: Can I ask you a question?
Tom Witzky: Okay, time to hit the sack.
[coming into the bathroom]
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

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Paint It Black
Performed by Gob
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Worldwide copyright owner ABKCO Music, Inc. (EMI)
Courtesy of Landspeed Records and Nettwerk Productions
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Great movie, released at the wrong time...
31 March 2000 | by (Canada, eh?) – See all my reviews

(A) The Sixth Sense and Stir of Echoes must have been the two movies of '99 that I enjoyed the most. Both had good scripts and stories; they were interesting, mysterious, dark, weird -- those are my kinds of movies! They are also a proof that the mysteriousness of ghosts is something we will never tire of or not think to be intriguing.

Stir of Echoes was somewhat similar to Sixth Sense but it was also in many was DIFFERENT. First of all, it (SOE) is dealing with hypnosis and has a more 'criminal' as well as supernatural theme.

This movie is spectacular and the reason it was not recognized as such, is because it was released just a few weeks after The Sixth Sense - a movie which had already satisfied the audience with its supernatural theme. And because The Sixth Sense was such a hit, Stir of Echoes was shoved aside and didn't get the recognition it deserved. Don't get me wrong! I loved Sixth Sense, but this movie is also very good and if you liked The Sixth Sense, I highly recommend you see it!


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