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Stir of Echoes -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Richard Matheson (novel)
David Koepp (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 September 1999 (USA) See more »
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Some doors weren't meant to be opened. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Horribly underrated See more (367 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
David Koepp 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Richard Matheson (novel "A Stir of Echoes")

David Koepp (screenplay)

Produced by
Judy Hofflund .... producer
Gavin Polone .... producer
Michele Weisler .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jill Savitt 
 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
 
Production Design by
Nelson Coates 
 
Art Direction by
David W. Krummel  (as David Krummel)
 
Set Decoration by
Susie Goulder 
 
Costume Design by
Leesa Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Jim Beinke .... makeup effects design and supervision
Villamor Cruz .... makeup effects crew (as Vilamor Cruz)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist
Lun Yé Hodges .... key hair stylist
Tara McCarthy .... additional hair stylist (as Tara Ann McCarthy)
Linda Melazzo .... key makeup artist
Suzi Ostos .... additional makeup artist
Paul Palos .... makeup effects crew
Lilo Tauvao .... makeup effects crew
Laine Trzinski .... assistant hair stylist (as Elaine Cascio)
Chip Williams .... assistant makeup artist
Chip Williams .... special makeup effects artist
Chet Zar .... makeup effects crew
James Lacey .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bill Block .... executive in charge of production
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager (as Tom Busch)
Robert Hoffman .... post-production supervisor
Laura Stuart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carla Corwin .... first assistant director
Don H. Julien .... second assistant director (as Don Julien)
Robert Schick .... second second assistant director (as Bob Schick)
 
Art Department
Ernesto Alicea .... laborer
Frank Battaglia .... labor foreman
Terry Baughman .... set designer
Michael Beavers .... carpenter (as Michael J. Beavers)
David Best .... painter
Wendy Bonn .... painter
Wendy Bonn .... props creation & painting
Wendy Bonn .... scenic artist
Scott Borisy .... swing gang
Mary A. Brady .... assistant set dressing buyer (as Mary Brady)
Carmen Caputo Jr. .... carpenter
Steve Cassettari .... swing gang
Brian Cho .... art department coordinator
James Cimbalista .... paint foreman
Helmer Claesson .... on-set dresser
Ray Conchado .... laborer (as Ray Concardo)
John Coven .... storyboard artist
Ronald Coy .... painter
Robert DeVaughan .... carpenter
Jeff Dieter .... swing gang
George DiSalvo .... carpenter
Ralph Divizio .... carpenter
Phillip Ellman .... lead man
Randy J. Eppers .... carpenter (as Randy Eppers)
Paul Fountain .... laborer
Kenneth J. Gagnon Jr. .... assistant property master (as Ken Gagnon Jr.)
Gene Garza .... laborer
James Gerhardt .... carpenter
Ron Grenko .... carpenter
Lawrence Hammer .... set dresser
Lawrence Hammer .... swing gang (as Larry Hammer)
James Handley .... carpenter
David Hansen .... painter
James Hartnett .... construction foreman (as Jim Hartnett)
Damon Hennessey .... laborer
Amelia Hochberg .... assistant set dressing buyer
Scott Horwitz .... laborer
Daniel Hunt .... carpenter
Craig Jackson .... carpenter
Lester Johnson .... on-set painter
Lester Johnson .... painter
Michael Joyce .... plasterer
John P. Kenny III .... construction coordinator (as John Kenny III)
Kevin Kenny .... carpenter
Richard King .... carpenter
Lynett Koetz .... assistant set dressing buyer
Judy Kropsch .... assistant set dressing buyer
Anthony Maentanis .... laborer
Anthony Mell .... carpenter
Elaine Miller .... painter
Mike Monckton .... paint foreman
Katherine Morgan .... art department assistant
Bruce Mullins .... carpenter
Derek T. Mullins .... tattoo designer
Michael Murtaugh .... painter
Bob Myers .... labor foreman
Gerry Navarrete .... painter
Russell O'Connor .... carpenter
Chuck O'Malley .... carpenter
John O'Malley .... carpenter
Jill M. Pappas .... carpenter
Darryl Parker .... carpenter
Patricia Paulicki .... painter
Chris Peterson .... painter
John Rigden .... property assistant
Hugo Santiago .... set designer
Marc Alan Schneider .... carpenter
Thomas Schweis .... carpenter
John Simpson .... painter
Wilmer Snow .... painter
Gary Speckman .... set designer
Kelly Stamper .... assistant to designer
Warren Stern .... location foreman
Glenn Stevens .... carpenter
Marlene 'Mars' Strentz .... set dressing buyer
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master
Darryl Turner .... carpenter
Devin Tuuri-Derby .... painter
Rosario Varela .... artwork: Lisa
Donald Volpe .... laborer
Paul Volpe .... laborer
Robert Waddell .... carpenter (as Bob Waddell)
Graham Walker .... location foreman
Gregory Weber .... painter
James Weber .... painter
Tim Wilp .... lead scenic
Dan Yates .... carpenter
Jacob Zawacki .... carpenter
Ken Sowinski .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carmen Baker .... supervising sound editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ted Barela .... sound crew
Jim Brookshire .... dialogue editor
G.W. Brown .... adr supervisor
Guy Carbonneau .... second sound engineer (as Guy Charbonneau)
Tim Chau .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... sound
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Dodd .... additional boom operator
Robert Dodd .... additional cable operator
James Fahlgren .... sound crew
Kurt Nicholas Forshager .... sound effects editor (as Kurt N. Forshager)
Jim Gaudio .... additional boom operator
Jim Gaudio .... additional cable operator
Rich Green .... foley artist
Eric Johnston .... sound crew
Doc Kane .... adr mixer (as Louis 'Doc' Kane)
Steve Kohler .... dubbing recordist
Adam Kopald .... sound effects editor
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Donald J. Malouf .... sound effects editor (as Donald Malouf)
Martin Maryska .... sound designer
Reggie McGuire .... sound effects editor
L.E. Mobile .... sound recordist
Piero Mura .... foley editor
Neil Porter .... dubbing recordist (as Neal Porter)
Daniel Richter .... production sound mixer (as Daniel J. Richter)
Scott D. Smith .... production sound mixer (as Scott Smith)
Chris Sparkes .... dubbing recordist
Todd Toon .... supervising sound editor
Mark A. Tracy .... first assistant sound editor
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Scott Warren .... boom operator
Scott Weber .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Roger Barski .... on-set special effects laborer
Rodman Kiser .... on-set special effects foreman
John D. Milinac .... on-set special effects (as John Milinac)
David Simone .... on-set special effects laborer
Roy Unger .... director of photography: special effects, ghost tests unit
Mark Weidling .... on-set special effects laborer
 
Visual Effects by
Alec Bartsch .... digital artist: BFTRE
Casey Cannon .... visual effects supervisor: BFTRE
Glenn Cannon .... video playback supervisor: BFTRE
Brent O. Coert .... visual effects coordinator: BFTRE (as Brent Coert)
Hitoshi Inoue .... digital artist: BFTRE
Fred Lacayanga .... I/O manager: BFTRE
Travis Langley .... technical director: BFTRE
Van Ling .... visual effects supervisor: BFTRE
Josh Saeta .... digital artist: BFTRE
Debra Sanderson .... visual effects editor: BFTRE
Gunther Schatz .... digital artist: BFTRE
Kerry Shea .... visual effects production manager: BFTRE
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist: BFTRE
Derick Tortorella .... technical supervisor: BFTRE
Todd Vaziri .... lead digital artist: BFTRE
Nadine Casamayou .... assistant editor: BFTRE (uncredited)
Kristine McPherson .... visual effects editor: BFTRE (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James Fierro .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Mark G. Pavuk .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Randy Popplewell .... stunts
Kenneth Remer .... stunts
Bobby Stuart .... stunts (as Bob Stuart)
Larry C. Tankson .... stunts (as Larry Tankson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Beck .... rigging grip
Sam Bertone .... electrician
Paul Bianco .... additional electrician
Alphonse Blumenthal .... gaffer
Kelly R. Borisy .... key grip (as Kelly Borisy)
Fernando Bridges .... additional electrician
Travis Busenbark .... grip
Frank Byrne .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Frank Burns)
Karel Capek .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mark Castelaz .... additional grip
Luis Cato .... additional electrician
Theodore A. Corso .... additional electrician (as Theodore Corso)
Ronald Crededio .... additional grip
Gerrit Dangremond .... camera operator: "b" camera
Charles W. DelGreco .... rigging grip (as Charles DelGreco)
James Dennison .... additional grip
Roger Doherty .... generator operator
Martin Ferguson .... additional grip
Joey Fishman .... additional grip
Fred Folmer .... best boy grip
John P. Friday .... best boy electric (as John Friday)
Linda Gacsko .... second assistant camera
Christopher Glasgow .... additional electrician
Timothy Hale .... camera technician
Jim Handley .... grip (as Jim Handly)
Rory Herbster .... electrician
Steven Hiller .... first assistant camera (as Steve Hiller)
Jacqui Howell .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jacqueline Howell)
Dave June .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael Kohnhorst .... director of photography: second unit
Eric Leach .... camera technician
Ron Leahy .... additional grip (as Ronald Leahy)
Stanley Mack .... additional grip
Brian McKinley .... additional electrician
Donna McLain .... additional grip
Steve Meyers .... rigging best boy gaffer
Thomas Mullaney .... rigging grip
Chris Mulsoff .... additional camera operator
Dave Murphy .... additional electrician (as David Murphy)
Charles Orr .... rigging key grip (as Charles 'Chip' Orr)
Don Parsons .... rigging electrician
Sean Peacock .... gaffer: second unit
Frank Perl .... camera operator
Walter J. Piers .... grip (as Walter Piers)
Peter Ploger .... additional camera operator
Ray Pope .... electrician
Rob Pound .... additional grip
Rolland Pudil .... rigging grip
Bill Reilly .... additional electrician
Rick Rios .... electrician
James Ritchie .... rigging gaffer
Chris Ryerson .... grip
Robert P. Sanchez .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Robert Sanchez)
Mike A. Scheitler .... additional electrician
Kristine Scott Schultz .... camera loader
Bill Sears .... rigging electrician (as William Sears)
Thomas Sedor .... additional grip (as Thomas J. Sedor)
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Dean Simmon)
H. David Stephenson .... additional electrician (as David Stephenson)
Jason Storandt .... dolly grip
Christy Taddeo .... additional grip
Alan Thatcher .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rick Thomas .... additional grip
Tim Thompson .... additional grip (as Timothy Thompson)
Matthew Tufano .... additional electrician
Roy Unger .... director of photography: ghost tests unit
Greg Van Horn .... electrician (as Gregory R. VanHorn)
Andy Walzer .... video assistant
Glen Weiberg .... video engineer
Michael P. Weinstein .... still photographer (as Michael Weinstein)
David Williamson .... additional grip
Kevin Wisor .... additional electrician
Bill Wruer .... additional camera operator
Dino P. Yario .... grip (as Dino Yario)
Daniel Yates .... additional electrician
Andrew Yuncza .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Randall E. Flinn .... casting assistant (as Randall Flinn)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Mickie Paskal .... casting: Chicago
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (as Mark Ridge)
Rachel Tenner .... casting: Chicago
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mardie Anderson .... costumer: Kevin Bacon (as Mardie Hughes)
Stella Cottini .... costume supervisor
Gina Marie Ome .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
John Axelrad .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Rob Neel .... colorist
Fred C. Vitale .... assistant film editor
David Hamme .... colorist (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maria Alonte .... executive in charge of music: Nettwerk Productions
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Charlie Bouis .... score recordist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Ken Gruberman .... music preparation
James T. Hill .... electronic score producer (as J.T. Hill)
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator
James Newton Howard .... score producer
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Shawn Murphy .... score recordist
David Olson .... music editor
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Jim Weidman .... supervising music editor
 
Transportation Department
Joseph A. Alfano .... driver (as Joseph Alfano)
Ramon C. Anderson .... driver (as Ramon Anderson)
Mike Bremer .... driver
Gregory Cagle .... driver
Paul Cipich .... transportation captain
Bob Costello .... driver
Antimo Fiore .... driver (as Antimo Fioré)
Chris Frigo .... driver
Steve Hardy .... driver
James Hogan Jr. .... driver
James Hogan Sr. .... driver
Joseph Losavio .... driver
Henry Matesi .... driver
John P. McAuliffe .... transportation coordinator (as John McAuliffe)
John Nallen .... transportation co-captain
Tom O'Malley .... driver
Steven O'Toole .... driver
David Oczkowicz .... driver
Jim Plamas .... driver
John Schmidt .... driver
Thomas Schrul .... driver
Charles Turibio Sr. .... driver
Daniel Valente .... driver
Robert C. Vos .... driver (as Bob Vos)
Spero Zappas .... driver
Michael Zebell .... driver (as Michael Zbell)
Greg Zebrauskas .... driver
 
Other crew
Matt Adler .... adr voice
Jesus Alvarado .... catering assistant
Todd Bachmann .... assistant production coordinator
Carol Bair .... stand-in: Kathryn Erbe
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Anne Berger .... key set production assistant
Brian Bruskrud .... assistant accountant
Vivian Cannon .... production executive: Hufflund/Polone
Jack Clancy .... construction medic
John Clancy .... additional medic
Tom Creedon .... hand piercee
Robert Cribben Jr. .... construction medic
Michael D. Cronin .... additional medic (as Michael Cronin)
Carlos Crume .... office production assistant
Jacque E. Day .... location scout (as Jacque Day)
Michelle A. De Mayo .... post-production accountant (as Michelle A. Pante)
Wileen Dragovan .... location manager
Dominique Fichera .... assistant: Ms. Weisler
Greg Finley .... adr voice
Jeff Fischer .... adr voice
Jim Freer .... main operator
Will Gatlin .... craft service
Richard Grant .... auricle central systems
Russell Green .... set production assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice (as Barbara Iley)
Jeffrey Hurt .... craft service
Amy James .... set production assistant
Bob Jones .... hand piercing supervisor
C. David Jones .... set production assistant (as Charles Jones)
Karen Kay .... hand piercer
Carlyle King .... adr voice
Renee Kitterman .... set production assistant
Nicole Kleppe .... assistant: Mrs. Hufflund
Thomas Koch .... construction medic
John Lafayette .... adr voice
David Leonard .... set production assistant
Cliff Lissner .... office intern
Kathryn Madden .... set medic (as Kathy Madden)
Scott A. Martin .... stand-in
James R. McAllister .... assistant location manager (as James McAllister)
David McCharen .... adr voice
Richard McGregor .... adr voice
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Mr. Bacon
Janice Naehu .... assistant: Mr. Koepp (as Janice Pumehana Naehu)
Mary Nars .... set production assistant
James Nicolay .... assistant: Mrs. Hufflund (as Jim Nicolay)
Margaret J. Orlando .... production coordinator
Carrie Oviatt .... construction accountant
Andrew Paulo .... other crew
Teresa Phelps .... set production assistant
Terrie Quinlan .... studio teacher
David Randolph .... adr voice
Owen J. Rice .... location assistant (as Owen Rice)
Diane Salerno .... product placement
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Barbara Tuss .... script supervisor
Collette VanLoon .... assistant chef (as Colette Van Loon)
Bill Vergos .... office production assistant
Raymond Vicari .... police advisor
Rick Ward .... additional medic (as Patrick J. Ward)
Doug Wax .... stand-in: Kevin Bacon
Heather White .... set production assistant
Allen Wong .... first assistant accountant
Christopher Wright .... additional medic
James York .... additional medic
Ruth Zalduondo .... adr voice
Andrew Golov .... studio executive (uncredited)
Timothy Scott Ralston .... studio projectionist (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... studio assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brian De Palma .... special thanks
John Kamps .... special thanks
Neil Landau .... special thanks
Steven Soderbergh .... special thanks
Andrew Kevin Walker .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language
Runtime:
99 min
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Trivia:
During the hypnosis session, Kevin Bacon is told to imagine a movie theatre where everything is painted black (walls, chairs, everything but the screen). Later, during the rape scene, a stereo plays the Rolling Stones song "Paint it Black", performed by Gob.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Tom is using the lineman's handset on the telephone pole, the leads pull out of the box while he is talking. This would have ended the call.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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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Horribly underrated, 12 November 2000
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

In 1999, the media was in a frenzy about a new film that used real things to terrify and excite its audience. Stir Of Echoes was not it. Partly due to the studio's financial difficulties, Stir Of Echoes came and went by itself, unsung and unappreciated. Which goes to show that recognition in the Hollywood system does not go to innovators or the best storytellers. It is all about marketability, and while Stir Of Echoes had this, the companies involved in making or distributing it did not seem to want to spend the cash involved in taking advantage. Either that or Artisan and Fox decided to use it as their tax write-off for that year.

I have not read the novel by Richard Matheson, so I cannot comment on how faithfully the film follows its source. But that is irrelevant. When compared to its more big-name competitor, at least Stir Of Echoes has the courtesy to acknowledge its source. The film updates the story to a more modern era, thus saving a few dollars, since period pieces are expensive to make. In fact, the dramatic angle of the film keeps it rather cheap, since effects shots are few and far between. Not to mention the effects that do appear are fairly simple in nature. Indeed, Stir Of Echoes only cost about thirteen million to make, according to estimates. Which makes it all the more peculiar that Fox was unwilling to invest a little more effort in publicising the film.

Kevin Bacon is in fine, fine form as the film's central hero, a regular guy called Tom Witzky. Kathryn Erbe is also in great form as his wife, Maggie. Illeana Douglas is decidedly odd as his sister-in-law, Lisa. But the real surprise here is child performer Zachary David Cope. After the pretender, that pile of sachaarine garbage called The Sixth Sense, child stars had such a bad reputation that Zachary deserves a medal for portraying such a genuinely likable, layered character. Indeed, director David Koepp took one hell of a risk by placing so much of the responsibility for the plot on his shoulders. That it pays off is a testament not only to the strength of Zachary David Cope's performance, but to the strength of the material he was given. Indeed, all the best scenes in Stir Of Echoes involve interaction between Zachary, Kathryn, and Kevin.

I do think this film has its faults. Chief among them is that the story needed another ten minutes to properly develop. Plot threads like the group of psychics, a member of which helps put Kathryn Erbe's character on the path of greater understanding, needed better resolution. One moment, Maggie is asking this policeman why her husband is obsessed with a scene of memories to the exclusion of his job. The next moment, not only are details like the job forgotten, so too is the group and the policeman. Smoothing out intricate plot points such as this would have helped the story no end.

In the end, however, Stir Of Echoes is proof that the artistic work one does not hear about may just be the one that has more merit. If nothing else, it is worth watching to see a small ensemble cast that excels. Even small performances like Liza Weil's demonstrate a sense of dramatic flair that has long fled most of the rest of Hollywood. It is for this reason that I gave Stir Of Echoes an eight out of ten. It is worth watching just to see how badly misdirected the hype machine often is.

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