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Dragonfly (2002)

A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patients' near death experiences.

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Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Brandon Camp (story), Mike Thompson (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Joe Darrow
Susanna Thompson ... Emily Darrow
Joe Morton ... Hugh Campbell
Ron Rifkin ... Charlie Dickinson
Kathy Bates ... Mrs. Belmont
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Jeffrey Reardon
Jacob Smith ... Ben
Jay Thomas ... Hal
Lisa Banes ... Flora
Matt Craven ... Eric
Casey Biggs ... Neil Darrow
Leslie Hope ... Charisse Darrow
Peter Hansen ... Phillip Darrow
Mary Beth Fisher ... Eulogist
Kim Staunton ... Intake Nurse
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Storyline

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

When someone you love dies... are they gone forever?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio de la libélula See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,216,025, 24 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,063,805, 7 April 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,353,400
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The character Joe Darrow was written with the intention of Harrison Ford taking the part. Ford turned down the role to take a year off from movies. See more »

Goofs

After Dr. Darrow jumps a few stories into a raging river, gets dragged through the rapids and nearly drowns in a bus he gets rescued, but the following day his clothes are neatly pressed, clean and neat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Emily Darrow: [over the phone] It's bad, Joe. They're evacuating the villages. We're about to be washed out. We're hearing gunfire now.
Joe Darrow: Can you... can you get to Calamar? Can you get across the border to Columbia?
Emily Darrow: They're putting us on the bus. I don't know where they're taking us. Joe? Joe?
Joe Darrow: Emily!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD also features the following scenes:
  • Joe performing surgery and Hugh asking him if he's comfortable playing God
  • Joe seeing the boy Jeffrey in his house before waking up from a dream; an alternate end to the dinner where Joe is called away from dinner with the Darrows - they briefly discuss how they tried to get him to go into private practice and then he has a flashback to him and his wife listening to their unborn child
  • the bit from the trailer with Emily emerging from the hospital elevator mentioned earlier
  • and another bit where Joe sees a beckoning Emily in the hospital as a nurse discusses a eye transplant.
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Connections

Referenced in Pulse (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Randy Coleman
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Gavin MacKillop
Performed by Zoo Story
Courtesy of 3:33 Music Group
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Not Kevin Costner's Best Work
4 August 2002 | by warmcozySee all my reviews

The ending was the best part of this movie. The twist in the ending gives some credibility to the journey of the lead character, but Kevin Costner's character exhibited characteristics one would not expect of a doctor, let alone head of the emergency room. This gave Costner's character less credibility throughout where even the good twist at the end couldn't salvage it. There were also some relationships that could have been better developed. This movie seemed to focus primarily on Kevin Costner's character through placing utmost importance on his perspective when development would have been better achieved through more insightful development of the relationships that support him. For example, the character's relationship with his supervisor could have been less cold, maybe reflected more of a complex camaraderie. I believe these relationships (the supervisor, Kathy Bates as the next-door neighbor) could have offered more insight into the relationship between Joe Darrow and his wife Emily than was reflected in the film.

All in all, I was disappointed with the film. It had a great premise that needed a deeper message, a stronger pull throughout the film. It's best asset was the twist at the end. I like Kevin Costner as an actor, but this didn't seem to challenge him enough.


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