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Lady in the Water (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 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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It's not under the bed. 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  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$42,272,747 (USA) (22 September 2006)

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Did You Know?


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


(at around 4 mins) When Mr. Heep introduces Mr. Farber to Young-Soon Choi, he tells him that she lives down in apartment 8A. However, later on (at around 21 mins) when Mr. Heep goes to see Young-Soon and her mother the number on the door says 16B. 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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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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