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Stay (2005)

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This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writer:

David Benioff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Dr. Sam Foster
Ryan Gosling ... Henry Letham
Kate Burton ... Mrs. Letham
Naomi Watts ... Lila Culpepper
Elizabeth Reaser ... Athena
Bob Hoskins ... Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo ... Dr. Beth Levy
BD Wong ... Dr. Ren
John Tormey ... Custodian / Piano Mover #1
José Ramón Rosario ... Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
Becky Ann Baker ... Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
Lisa Kron Lisa Kron ... Paramedic #2
Gregory Mitchell Gregory Mitchell ... Dance Instructor
John Dominici John Dominici ... Boy / Young Henry
Jessica Hecht ... Boy's Mother
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Storyline

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal. Written by Anonymous

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Between the worlds of the living and the dead there is a place you're not supposed to stay.


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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El umbral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,188,199, 23 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,626,883, 27 November 2005
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The color yellow is used prominently throughout the film. It represents sunshine, happiness, loyalty, joy, optimism, remembrance and warmth. It energizes mood and relieves depression. It's the lightest and brightest color on the color wheel. It's an attention getter - one reason taxi caps are painted yellow and in most countries traffic lights and signs are yellow, meaning caution. Even some blind people can detect the color yellow. On the other hand, it represents cowardice and deceit. Judas is often depicted wearing yellow. See more »

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During the chess game, the move "king's rook to e3" was announced. In fact the rook was moved to e1. The next move, "knight to c3, check," didn't put the king in check and Sam didn't move the knight there. See more »

Quotes

Henry Letham: What are you, a substitute shrink?
Sam Foster: I guess you could call me that.
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Connections

Featured in Writing the Music for 'Stay' (2006) See more »

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Angel
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Andrew Vowles (as Andrew Vowles) and Horace Andy (as Horace Andy)
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Misses the mark
20 March 2008 | by travisyoungSee all my reviews

Ultimately it's a richly textured, multi-faceted look at the relationship between guilt and love, death and life. Suicidal themes run amuck, so, as you can imagine, there are many dark, intense scenes between talented actors. And the performances really are great, as is the mind-bending cinematography. But its way overwritten...the truly brilliant "interesting plot device" mingles but never bonds with the characters or dialogue, so everything falls flat. It's not rewarding, because insignificant elements overshadow details crucial to experiencing the intended impact of the film.

If you want to see an astonishingly filmed, well acted movie, here it is, have fun...But Stay breaks the first commandment of film-making because it takes itself more seriously than its subject. At the end of the day, the message the filmmakers seem to communicate is, "see what we did!" instead of "see what we mean."


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