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Lady in the Water (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 21 July 2006 (USA)
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Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

Director:

M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... Cleveland Heep
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Story
Jeffrey Wright ... Mr. Dury
Bob Balaban ... Harry Farber
Sarita Choudhury ... Anna Ran
Cindy Cheung ... Young-Soon Choi
M. Night Shyamalan ... Vick Ran
Freddy Rodríguez ... Reggie
Bill Irwin ... Mr. Leeds
Mary Beth Hurt ... Mrs. Bell
Noah Gray-Cabey ... Joey Dury
Joseph D. Reitman ... Long Haired Smoker
Jared Harris ... Goatee Smoker
Grant Monohon Grant Monohon ... Emaciated Smoker
John Boyd ... One-Eyebrow Smoker
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Storyline

The super Cleveland Heep finds a woman swimming in the swimming pool of the condominium during the night; he slips, hits his head on the floor and faints in the water, and she rescues him. He discloses that she is a "Narf" called Story, a character of bedtime stories, that is chased by a "Scrunt" and she needs to return to her Blue World with an eagle. Cleveland convinces the tenants to help and protect Story. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A Classic Bedtime Story For A New Generation See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some frightening sequences | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Narf is what Pinky's catch phrase is in the Warner Brothers cartoon, Pinky and the Brain (1995). See more »

Goofs

(at around 4 mins) When Mr. Heep introduces Mr. Farber to Young-Soon Choi, he tells him that she lives down in apartment 8A. However, later on (at around 21 mins) when Mr. Heep goes to see Young-Soon and her mother the number on the door says 16B. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cleveland Heep: [narrating] Once, man and those in the water were linked. They inspired us. They spoke of the future. Man listened and it became real. But man does not listen very well. Man's need to own everything led him deeper into land. The magic world of the ones that live in the ocean, and the world of men, separated. Through the centuries their world, and all the inhabitants of it stopped trying. The world of man become more violent. War upon war played out, as there were no guides to listen...
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Crazy Credits

Childlike illustrations appear over and under some of the end credits. See more »


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Bittersweet Samba
Written by Sol Lake
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Courtesy of Almo Properties, LLC
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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I know I am in the minority here, but I enjoyed it
22 July 2006 | by the_scandal_chaSee all my reviews

First off, I can see why this film is going to be a box-office flop and why critics and audiences alike will not like it. I, who usually disagrees with most audiences, at least, thoroughly enjoyed this film. The storyline itself is rather ridiculous, I must say. Some girl shows up in a pool? She's a what-a narf? I went into the movie thinking I would hate it, but I came out knowing that I had seen a work of art. That's right. It was art.

First of all, it's a good family film, with enough tense moments to keep you watching, and enough laugh-out-loud moments to calm you down. It was refreshing for once to see a film with good, clean humour. The dialogue was not necessarily hilarious, but the actors, especially Paul Giamatti (Cleveland) delivered the lines extremely well.

The acting was tremendously well done also. Paul Giamatti is always fantastic, and while Bryce Dallas Howard seemed to act in the same manner as she did in The Village, she was still convincing. The ensemble cast worked well together. Some might bash M. Night for casting himself in a not-so-cameo role, but he proved that he can actually act! No, his performance will not win him an Oscar, nor should it, but I think there is definite talent there. I hope to see him in bigger roles, in films not his own.

The plot had many twists, maybe too many, but no matter. I kept trying to guess what was going to happen, but it I was always wrong. It was quite interesting.

What most made this film a work of art was the directing. M. Night has a rare talent that will go completely under the radar for this film because no one will see it. The camera angles were inventive-that's right, inventive. I may be one of the few who actually cares about camera angles and how a scene looks, but it looked great. The final product was polished.

I truly believe this film is M. Night's best work. He made the story up himself, wrote a screenplay that made us laugh, smile, cringe, and jump just a little, and directed a great ensemble cast including himself. Quite a feat.

So before everyone starts ranting about how stupid the storyline is or how "so-not-scary" the film is, just appreciate the uniqueness of the film, and remember what makes this film good. Forget the crazy story. It's everything else!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady in the Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,044,396, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$42,285,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,785,169
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SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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