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Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 8 July 2005 (USA)
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A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Kôji Suzuki (novel), Hideo Nakata (film Honogurai mizu no soko kara) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Dahlia
John C. Reilly ... Mr. Murray
Tim Roth ... Jeff Platzer
Dougray Scott ... Kyle
Pete Postlethwaite ... Veeck
Camryn Manheim ... Teacher
Ariel Gade ... Ceci
Perla Haney-Jardine ... Natasha / Young Dahlia
Debra Monk ... Young Dahlia's Teacher
Linda Emond ... Mediator
Bill Buell ... Mediator
J.R. Horne J.R. Horne ... Man in Train
Elina Löwensohn ... Dahlia's Mother
Warren Belle ... UPS Man
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Supervisor
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Storyline

Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she arrives, there are mysterious occurrences and there is a constant drip from the ceiling in the only bedroom. There are also noises coming from the apartment directly above hers, though it would appear to be vacant. Is the apartment haunted or is there a simpler explanation? Written by garykmcd

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Some mysteries were never meant to be solved. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agua turbia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,939,251, 10 July 2005

Gross USA:

$25,473,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,357,079
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The heartbeat heard during Dahlia's migraines are from an ultrasound scan of this film's editor Daniel Rezende's wife, who got pregnant at the beginning of production. See more »

Goofs

(at around 18 mins) In the custody office when Dahlia is arguing with Kyle over hers and Ceci's relocation, Dahlia takes out a newspaper cutting detailing how good the school near her new apartment is; she holds it up with her right hand. In the following shot the article has switched hands, and Kyle snatches it from her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Dahlia: If you ever need me, I'll be right here.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated version adds one scene (dream sequence) but removes the dream/reality scene (where Dahlia dreams that her daughter returns from her father) and the scene where Ceci calls Dahlia. In the end the unrated version runs ca 1 minute shorter. See more »

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Referenced in High Chaparall: Robert Englund (2004) See more »

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Itsy Bitsy Spider
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Adept Psychological Thriller--But Not for Kids
24 June 2006 | by voyager1560See all my reviews

I agree with the user comment above in regard to the fact that teenagers will not appreciate this film. I kept telling myself as I was watching it, that it is not a movie that kids will understand. I shouldn't say 'all' kids, but probably most. Ironically, this is a movie that kids should see because they can learn about elements that a good movie usually contains: developed characters, a good plot, and excellent acting, to name a few. Not to mention that the movie gives the viewer a lot to think about and is an expertly crafted piece of psychological suspense.

There are reasons this movie will most likely not appeal to young people. To begin with, it is NOT a horror movie. It might be marketed to look like one, but it is more of a psychological thriller of sorts. So many kids will go to it expecting blood, gore and action, but get a literate, story-driven film instead--one in which thinking is required to fully understand what is going on. This is a movie that requires "active" viewing, just as if one were to read a well written novel with round characters, symbolism, and whatever other elements it may have to raise it beyond the level of mediocrity.

Unlike a more conventional horror movie like Boogeyman (which I also liked for other reasons), Dark Water is rooted in psychology and the inner and outer conflicts the characters attempt to overcome. It is also a film adept in creating a dark, disturbing mood. In fact, I was really impressed with its ability to play with one's emotions and fears so strongly. As another use noted above, it's almost as if the 'horror' is subliminal. The viewer doesn't necessarily have to see it in order to feel it. I think this is partly because we've all dealt with bits and pieces of what some of the main characters have to go through here. Some of their own discomfort seems familiar to us.

It is sad that many younger people cannot appreciate movies of this nature.


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