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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cleveland Heep
... Story
... Mr. Dury
... Harry Farber
... Anna Ran
... Young-Soon Choi
... Vick Ran
... Reggie
... Mr. Leeds
... Mrs. Bell
... Joey Dury
... Long Haired Smoker
... Goatee Smoker
... Emaciated Smoker
... One-Eyebrow Smoker
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Cleveland Heep, a stuttering apartment superintendent, encounters a girl named Story swimming in the complex's pool. He soon learns that she comes from the Blue World, and has a message for mankind. Will he be able to help her complete her mission? Written by JRF

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

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21 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama en el agua  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,044,396, 23 July 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,285,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,785,169
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The plot of the movie is based on a bedtime story director M. Night Shyamalan wrote for his kids. See more »

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(at around 55 mins) While in Young Soon's apartment, the amount of milk on Cleveland's beard clearly changes between shots. See more »

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[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

After the movie has ended, and all of the credits have scrolled, there appears the following dedication from M. Night Shyamalan: "To my daughters, I'll tell you this story one more time. But then go to bed." See more »

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Referenced in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Church (2015) See more »

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Flowers
Written by Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda
Performed by Cibo Matto
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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An unexpected fairy's tale.
21 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I think the thing about this movie is that people may go in expecting it to be a weird horror/supernatural thriller. While it does have supernatural elements, its much more of, well, I guess a fairy tale. It's got some great scares but overall it will be enjoyed more if you know ahead of time your not going to be sitting on the edge of your seat.

The theme of "finding your purpose" definitely is poignant in this day and age, I love all the self reflexive humor as far as story structure goes too.

SFX were decent, not awe inspiring but good for what was required. The film is really about the characters though and their arcs. I'd say the film is much more for the introspective crowd than the hardcore comic kids who want plenty of screams.


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