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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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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

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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Some stories are real. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama en el agua 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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Trivia

The character of the film critic Harry Farber is named after the late critic, painter, and writer Manny Farber (who unfortunately passed away two years after this film's theatrical release), who was often described as "iconoclastic." See more »

Goofs

Before Cleveland Heep dives into the pool after Story, he takes his glasses off. After Story saves him, his glasses appear and disappear during shots, especially during the sequence where he is talking to the tenants. 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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Bom Bom Bom
Written by Lillian Berlin, Eve Berlin and Bosh Berlin
Performed by Living Things
Courtesy of Jive Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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7 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lady in the Water (2006)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

M. Night Shyamalan's latest was apparently thought up as a story to put his kids to sleep so it's a damn shame the viewer has to suffer for him not wearing a condom. A landlord (Paul Giamatti) discovers a water nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) in his swimming pool so he must try and figure out who she is, what her purpose is and how to get her home before a hairy creature kills her. I enjoyed the director's first three films (not counting the first two, which I haven't seen) and I was hoping for some sort of a comeback after the dreadful The Village but this film is pretty bad as well. Even after two stinkers in a row I'm not willing to say the director is done for but perhaps it's time to bring in a co-writer. The story is as stupid and silly as the "twist" in The Village but at least that film was mildly interesting up to a point. The story of the water nymph is just downright uninteresting from the very start but I kept hanging in there hoping something would happen but it never did. Shyamalan tries to get a message across but fails horribly. The performances are all a mixed bag starting with Giamatti, who can be a damn good actor but he needed a lot more direction here. The comic undertones he plays with his character here are out of place for the film. Howard didn't impress me much either. I'm going to guess this film had a pretty big budget but I think it would have worked a lot better with a $5,000 budget being directed by someone like Jess Franco. You have a lonesome guy and a beautiful nymph who likes to go around naked. I'm sure Mr. Franco could have done a lot more with that set up than what's here.


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