Dragonfly (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Mystery  |  22 February 2002 (USA)
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A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patients near death experiences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Darrow
Hugh Campbell
Mrs. Belmont
Jeffrey Reardon
Neil Darrow
Charisse Darrow
Phillip Darrow
Kim Staunton ...
Intake Nurse


Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When someone you love dies... are they gone forever?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio de la libélula  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,216,025 (USA) (22 February 2002)


$1,912,216 (Spain) (23 August 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alison Lohman had a small role as a cancer patient but was cut out of the movie. Since she shaved her hair off for the part, she had to wear a wig throughout her next movie, White Oleander (2002). See more »


As Darrow is opening the door to the kitchen, after the scene with the swinging ceiling light, a woman wearing a white long sleeve V neck blouse is visible, standing in the hall behind him. See more »


[first lines]
Emily Darrow: [over the phone] It's bad, Joe. They're evacuating the villages. We're about to be washed out. We're hearing gunfire now.
Joe Darrow: Can you... can you get to Calamar? Can you get across the border to Columbia?
Emily Darrow: They're putting us on the bus. I don't know where they're taking us. Joe? Joe?
Joe Darrow: Emily!
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) See more »


Written by Randy Coleman
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Gavin MacKillop
Performed by Zoo Story
Courtesy of 3:33 Music Group
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2.5 - 3 Star Review, Content Over Form
28 February 2004 | by (North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

Setting aside several brilliant, but slashing technophile reviews, the experience of the story is more important than the mechanics, or the fact that several trendy notions have been graphed together. I don't care that it is New Age, Old Age, Stone Age... whatever. I don't even care that Costner doesn't seem to know where anything is going. I don't care if the director knew either. This is a story about the spirit of the only person absent from the film. The thing that drives the fictional Emily in the fictional tale is more compelling than anything else. What mother would not defy death to see this plot to conclusion? The broader message is most uplifting, the very powerful, spiritual, magical force that is love. It isn't too difficult to mine this treasure from the mud. Overall, I found the story very interesting and it survives the mediocrity of dialog and implausibility of the doctor's behavior at the hospital. The movie is even better on the second viewing. Sue me, but I really liked it.

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