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Dragonfly (2002)

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

Director:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

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:

$21,500,000, 18 August 2002
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Alison Lohman had a small role as a cancer patient but was cut out of the movie. Since she shaved her hair off for the part, she had to wear a wig throughout her next movie, White Oleander (2002). See more »

Goofs

As Darrow is opening the door to the kitchen, after the scene with the swinging ceiling light, a woman wearing a white long sleeve V neck blouse is visible, standing in the hall behind him. 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 Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Star
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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Interesting premise falls flat in final acts
5 April 2005 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

There is something strange about 'Dragonfly'. It is not a thriller in its subject but it deals with it as if it's a thriller. Even more strange, in some scenes it actually succeeds in that. I mean, when your wife has died and she is trying to reach you from the other side is something else than simply seeing dead people. Your wife probably has the best intentions and although it is creepy you do not have to be scared of your dead wife. I guess. The man who thinks his dead wife is trying to reach him is Joe Darrow (Kevin Costner). Is he going mad, a premise for a dramatic film, or is he really connecting to the other side?

At times where his wife is communicating with Joe, at least to Joe's knowledge, the film breaths a creepy atmosphere with a cinematography and score that make things suspenseful. But the film does not have its focus on whether Joe is going mad or not, but on how scary it is when a dead person talks to you. That there is actually suspense shows that there is some nice film-making to be found here. The premise is interesting, although not that new, but especially the final act in the film goes wrong at crucial points. There is a moment where I thought the film was over, I will not reveal where, but at that time certain things were left in the middle. It felt like the right ending. But then the film continues, providing it with an ending that must have popped into many heads from the audience, probably dismissed by a lot for being too ridiculous.

Still, the premise and the first hour are good enough to keep us entertained and although it should not work as a thriller, it does. Watching it like that without thinking too much could help you like this film in one way or another.


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