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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Bedtime Story See more »

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  »

Filming Locations:


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?


Contrary to popular belief, the creatures in the film are not based on any mythological creatures and were all invented by M. Night Shyamalan. The only creature to be based off of an existing illustration is the Narf which is inspired by water sprites, nymphs, and water-faeries. See more »


Story says that she is forbidden to talk about her blue world to humans and therefore communicates with sign language when talking about her world yet she tells Cleveland everything he needs to know about how to spot a scrunt in grass through a walkie-talkie. 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

Childlike illustrations appear over and under some of the end credits. See more »


References Calamity Jane (1953) See more »


Written by Willie Beck, Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner), Marshall E. Jones (as Marshall Jones),
Ralph Middlebrooks, Clarence Satchell, James L. Williams and Marvin Pierce (as Marvin R. Pierce)
Performed by Sly & Robbie (as Sly and Robbie)
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great Novel Storyline
18 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I highly enjoyed this movie. It fits nicely with M. Night's body of work while carving out a more unique niche in his genre. It has good tempo with consistent theming that are punctuated with some comedic relief absent in his previous endeavors. The characters are nicely developed, and keep you guessing for a bit of the movie as it is not as predictable as you may think. All in all it was one of the more refreshing and original movie going experiences I have had in awhile. I would recommend this film whole heartedly, but some thematic elements and sequences may be a bit too frightening for younger children. As with original fables and fairy tales, it has scary elements imbued in it that are effective in their points. Enjoy.

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