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Stir of Echoes (1999)

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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 him.

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David Koepp

Writers:

Richard Matheson (novel), David Koepp (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary David Cope ... Jake
Kevin Bacon ... Tom
Kathryn Erbe ... Maggie
Illeana Douglas ... Lisa
Kevin Dunn ... Frank
Conor O'Farrell ... Harry
Lusia Strus ... Sheila
Stephen Eugene Walker Stephen Eugene Walker ... Bobby
Mary Kay Cook ... Vanessa
Larry Neumann Jr. ... Lenny
Jennifer Morrison ... Samantha (as Jenny Morrison)
Richard Cotovsky ... Neighborhood Man
Steve Rifkin Steve Rifkin ... Kurt
Chalon Williams Chalon Williams ... Adam
Liza Weil ... Debbie the Babysitter
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A man is hypnotized at a party by his sister-in law. He soon has visions and dreams of a ghost of a girl. Trying to avoid this, nearly pushes him to brink of insanity as the ghost wants something from him - to find out how she died. The only way he can get his life back is finding out the truth behind her death. The more he digs, the more he lets her in, the shocking truth behind her death puts his whole family in danger.

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Some doors weren't meant to be opened. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the scene in the Witzky's backyard where Tom is digging, Kevin Bacon was in a lot of pain, as he had pulled a muscle in his neck. Several "prop" lightweight picks were tested for the scene to try and ease his suffering, but in the end, it was opted to use the real (and heavier) pick, as the swings and impacts didn't look real enough on-screen. See more »

Goofs

When Tom breaks the window with a stone a Virgin Mary statue is visible behind it. The glass falls to pieces and the statue collapses to the floor. When the camera comes back to the window, Virgin Mary is still standing there, behind the broken window, as nothing has happened. 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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Alternate Versions

In the bathroom scene where Maggie disrobes, the television version shows her wearing black panties rather than her bare buttocks as in the original. See more »

Connections

References The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »

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Breathe
Performed by Moist
Written by David Usher, Mark Makowy, Jeff Pearce and Kevin Young
Published by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o EMI April Music (Canada) and Like a Scarf Music
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc. under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Bacon 'Cooks' As An Unwilling Medium...
4 December 2008 | by cchaseSee all my reviews

I have always admired and marveled at Kevin Bacon's versatility as an actor. From the likable fish-out-of-water guy who trips the light-fantastic through a piece of fluff like FOOTLOOSE, to putting everything on the line to play a pedophile in the unnerving THE WOODSMAN, there's hardly anything he can't - or won't do - to show his amazing range.

That being said, STIR OF ECHOES still holds what is for me one of his all-time Top Five performances.

He plays Tom Witzky, a regular mug living with his family in a working-class suburb of Chicago. Though he loves his family, hotter-than-hot wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) and precocious son Jake (Zachary David Cope), he's also a man becoming bored with his life. He wants to do and be something more than who and what he is.

Obviously, the old adage "be careful what you wish for" went right over Tom's head.

At a party for family and friends, Tom volunteers to be hypnotized by his flaky sister-in-law, Lisa (the always excellent Illeana Douglas), who makes a powerful suggestion to Tom that his mind takes literally. What happens next will change his life and everyone's around him forever.

A 'doorway' has been opened inside Tom's head that allows him to communicate with the dead, and for them to reach out and touch him...whether he wants to or not. When the "nightmares" that he's been having begin to intensify, Tom knows he must find a way to close that doorway for good before he loses his family...and his sanity. The urgency is heightened when he discovers how sensitive he was before the hypnotic suggestion, in the most chilling way possible...it seems that son Jake can see and talk to the dead as well.

In the tradition of THE CHANGELING, LADY IN WHITE and THE SIXTH SENSE, the focus of Tom's visions comes from one apparition in particular, who won't leave him or his family in peace until he can figure out what it wants and why. The situation provides fodder for one intense and terrifying performance, and with help from a strong supporting cast, Bacon comes through like a champ.

When movies like this are adapted from older works by classic authors, I usually proceed with the greatest caution. But Richard Matheson's creepy novel has been skillfully transformed by David Koepp, a man who knows a little bit about balancing thoughtful plotting and dialogue with outright terror, (as in APARTMENT ZERO) and the outstanding job he does here will make you think twice the next time somebody wants to 'put you out' at a party with something more than just shots of Captain Morgan...


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Release Date:

10 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,811,664, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$21,142,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,142,914
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Artisan Entertainment See more »
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1.85 : 1
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