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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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This time, the door cannot be locked. See more »

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

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10 September 1999 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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£221,500 (UK) (26 May 2000)

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£818,213 (UK) (16 June 2000)
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Trivia

The bar front used in the block party sceen is not a real building. It was lit in a parking lot on Evergreen and Milwaukee Avenues on the near north side in Wicker Park, right off the Damen (Blue Line) El stop. Also, the Old Style sign hanging in front of the bar is how many bars in Chicago look, but most of the time the sign reads "Old Style On Tap". See more »

Goofs

When Kevin Bacon's character is digging in the back yard and has to move the water hose, he turns the faucet in the on direction and then unhooks it. When he moves it to the other faucet, he turns the faucet in the off direction then tries to turn it on. 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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Followed by Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007) See more »

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Rio de Generic
Performed by The Mighty Tartans
Written by Danny Pelfrey and Mark Stephen Ross
Published by Amusicam Publishing (EMI) and Tonalvision Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Amusicom Records
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Why'd they call it that?
23 May 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I mean, apart from that being the original book's name. There's no direct reference to the title anywhere through the movie. That's the only thing that bothered me through the whole movie, really. Guess it just unsettled me. Except that Einstein wasn't a Gemini, he was born in March. He was a Pisces. But that's irrelevant.

There are lots of little things that make this movie great. There are so many bits where you expect something to happen, but it doesn't. That makes you look for the next one, when it really *must* happen this time, for sure. And it doesn't. Again. So you're kept on the edge of your seat, waiting for something scary to jump up and frighten you half to death. But it doesn't. For all its spooky and weird subject-matter, Stir of Echoes keeps it simple, and in doing so makes itself even more climactic.

Where The Sixth Sense was spooky, this movie is frightening. It's like when you watched Dr Who as a kid and hid behind the couch because you couldn't bear to watch. Kevin Bacon is fantastic, and loses his mind quite convincingly. The 'Dig' sequence, along with the total madness that follows, reminds me of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. And that book was spooky enough.

Zachary David Cope (why do all kids have three names nowadays?) is also brilliant as little Jake, although Kathryn Erbe as Maggie leaves a little to be desired. She's too flat - not enough emotion. And I love the way all the little things are tied up, especially the end sequence with Jake in the car...

If you liked The Sixth Sense, this is not quite the same standard, although it's pretty close. If you didn't like The Sixth Sense because you didn't think it got personal enough, this one's for you. Although I don't think anyone's going to get remotely close to the ending of The Sixth Sense for a very very long time.

7½/10.


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