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Lady in the Water (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 July 2006 (USA)
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Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.


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Cleveland Heep, a stuttering apartment superintendent, encounters a girl named Story swimming in the complex's pool. He soon learns that she comes from the Blue World, and has a message for mankind. Will he be able to help her complete her mission? Written by JRF

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some frightening sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama en el agua  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,044,396 (USA) (21 July 2006)


$172,454 (Chile) (29 September 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


M. Night Shyamalan, delighted after he discovered unknown Cindy Cheung, was shocked to hear that her agent demanded 1 million dollars for her role in the film. Night was prepared to pay the SAG minimum, $65,000. They settled at $100,000. See more »


Given the length of the words mentioned, 9-across cannot touch 27-down in a crossword puzzle, as Mr. Dury says interpreting the puzzle while Story is in the shower (it would have to be at least 19 letters long to do so). See more »


[first lines]
Cleveland Heep: [narrating] Once, man and those in the water were linked. They inspired us. They spoke of the future. Man listened and it became real. But man does not listen very well. Man's need to own everything led him deeper into land. The magic world of the ones that live in the ocean, and the world of men, separated. Through the centuries their world, and all the inhabitants of it stopped trying. The world of man become more violent. War upon war played out, as there were no guides to listen...
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Crazy Credits

After the movie has ended, and all of the credits have scrolled, there appears the following dedication from M. Night Shyamalan: "To my daughters, I'll tell you this story one more time. But then go to bed." See more »


Referenced in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Church (2015) See more »


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Written by James Wong and Michael Lai
Performed by Josephine Siao Fong-Fong
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

Imagination = GOOD!
20 July 2006 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Lady in the Water brings M Night back to the American pop culture spotlight, where he belongs! It is so refreshing to see so much imagination back into the theatres! Lady in the Water is so different from any other movie choice out today and I think it is bold and creative of M Knight to bring his creativity to the big screen.

Also, the concept of the entire movie taking place in one apartment complex is brilliant. Many different types of people are brought together by the "Cove" and of course by the mystical Lady.

Paul Giamatti can add another classic into his resume as he works his way into being one of the best present day screen actors. The other characters of the movie are very entertaining, especially the Asian mother daughter duo who understand the legend of the Lady better than anyone.

Get ready for a major burst of imagination when you go to see Lady in the Water! Thinking about the movie afterwards will only make you love it even more…

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