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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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This time, the door cannot be locked. 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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Ecos mortales  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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£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

At the beginning of the movie. Lisa tells Tom that his baby will be born in June, and will be a Gemini, like the Scottish chick in the band Garbage. Lisa is referring to Shirley Manson. Manson was actually born in August and is a Virgo. 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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Referenced in Playback (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Thrilling and interesting
16 May 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Actually, I found this movie more satisfying than "Sixth sense". It doesn't have a stunning payoff like "sixth sense" (what film does?), but until the, in some ways hasty, conclusion, it's well made, scary and, since I have a knowledge of occult things through a good friend, rather believable. Kevin Bacon is credible in his part and so do Illeana Douglas. Kathryn Erbe however is stuck with nothing to do for large chunks of the movie. Effectively and atmosphericly shot, with some effective jolts that made me jump. To some, the conclusion may be a little simple and drawn-out, but I thought it was satisfying and filled to the brim with suspense. I find that the digging in the cellar/garden is a nice build-up for the finale, not that it goes on forever as a previous reviewer stated. It's only one thing that bothers me about the ending, and it is that too little is explained and a few threads of the story are totally abandoned. But that's only a minor complaint. For the most part, this is a creepy, interesting, well-made, scary and well played little thriller.


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