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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake
... Tom
... Maggie
... Lisa
... Frank
... Harry
... Sheila
Stephen Eugene Walker ... Bobby
... Vanessa
... Lenny
... Samantha (as Jenny Morrison)
... Neighborhood Man
Steve Rifkin ... Kurt
Chalon Williams ... Adam
... 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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in every mind there is a door that should never be opened. See more »


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

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10 September 1999 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,811,664, 12 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,133,087, 2 January 2000
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In the scene where Tom gets angry after digging in the backyard, and kicks the bucket towards the wall, it was not supposed to hit and break the window. This was a "happy accident", and it was used in the film, as Kevin Bacon stayed in character, and continued the scene. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, Tom is getting his little boy out of the bathtub. He sticks the towel down into the water to grab the boy, but when he brings the boy out and is drying him off, the towel is mysteriously dry. See more »

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[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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Featured in Sight of Spirits: Channelling the Paranormal (2004) See more »

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Performed by Dishwalla
Written by J.R. Richards, Scot Alexander, Rodney Browning, George Pendergast, Jimmie Wood and Marc Waterman
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Administered by MCA Music Publishing, a division of Universal Studios, Inc.
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Why'd they call it that?
23 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

I mean, apart from that being the original book's name. There's no direct reference to the title anywhere through the movie. That's the only thing that bothered me through the whole movie, really. Guess it just unsettled me. Except that Einstein wasn't a Gemini, he was born in March. He was a Pisces. But that's irrelevant.

There are lots of little things that make this movie great. There are so many bits where you expect something to happen, but it doesn't. That makes you look for the next one, when it really *must* happen this time, for sure. And it doesn't. Again. So you're kept on the edge of your seat, waiting for something scary to jump up and frighten you half to death. But it doesn't. For all its spooky and weird subject-matter, Stir of Echoes keeps it simple, and in doing so makes itself even more climactic.

Where The Sixth Sense was spooky, this movie is frightening. It's like when you watched Dr Who as a kid and hid behind the couch because you couldn't bear to watch. Kevin Bacon is fantastic, and loses his mind quite convincingly. The 'Dig' sequence, along with the total madness that follows, reminds me of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. And that book was spooky enough.

Zachary David Cope (why do all kids have three names nowadays?) is also brilliant as little Jake, although Kathryn Erbe as Maggie leaves a little to be desired. She's too flat - not enough emotion. And I love the way all the little things are tied up, especially the end sequence with Jake in the car...

If you liked The Sixth Sense, this is not quite the same standard, although it's pretty close. If you didn't like The Sixth Sense because you didn't think it got personal enough, this one's for you. Although I don't think anyone's going to get remotely close to the ending of The Sixth Sense for a very very long time.

7½/10.


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