Stir of Echoes

September 10th, 1999


Stir of Echoes

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Still of Kathryn Erbe in Stir of EchoesStill of Zachary David Cope in Stir of EchoesStill of Jennifer Morrison in Stir of EchoesStill of Kevin Bacon in Stir of EchoesStill of Illeana Douglas in Stir of EchoesStill of Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Erbe in Stir of Echoes

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.0/10 (34,758 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: David Koepp

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe

Tom's a regular guy, a utilities lineman, married, with a young son, his wife is pregnant; he hangs out with long-time pals in a Chicago neighborhood. At a party, his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, and he goes into a deep trance. Before waking him, she suggests that he keep his mind open. That night he sees flashes of violence and the ghost of a young woman. His young son, too, is "a receiver," but while the boy is calm and coherent in his conversations with spirits, Tom is confused and agitated. Over time, the young woman's story comes to the surface, and Tom begins a hunt for her body that puts him and his usually understanding wife, Maggie, in grave danger.

Writers: Richard Matheson, David Koepp

Zachary David Cope - Jake Witzky
Kevin Bacon - Tom Witzky
Kathryn Erbe - Maggie Witzky
Illeana Douglas - Lisa Weil
Kevin Dunn - Frank McCarthy
Conor O'Farrell - Harry Damon
Lusia Strus - Sheila McCarthy
Stephen Eugene Walker - Bobby
Mary Kay Cook - Vanessa Damon
Larry Neumann Jr. - Lenny
Jennifer Morrison - Samantha Kozac (as Jenny Morrison)
Richard Cotovsky - Neighborhood Man
Steve Rifkin - Kurt Damon
Chalon Williams - Adam McCarthy
Liza Weil - Debbie Kozac, the Babysitter

Taglines: in every mind there is a door that should never be opened.

Release Date: 10 September 1999

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,811,664 (USA) (12 September 1999) (1888 Screens)

Gross: $21,133,087 (USA) (2 January 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Kathryn Erbe's tattoo on her back reads "T + M" (standing for her husband Terry and her daughter Mave) and features a heart around the letters. This inspired the exact same tattoo placed on the inside of Kevin Bacon's forearm, which stands for the two actors characters, Tom and Maggie.

Continuity: When Tom is digging, his hands are dirty. When he starts arguing with his wife and waving his hands around, they are clean.

[first lines]
Jake Witzky: [to someone] Okay. Guess who came over to play...
Jake Witzky: Superheros. I was Black Power Ranger. He was Batman.
Tom Witzky: Jake, you okay in there buddy?
Jake Witzky: I'm okay.
[to whoever else]
Jake Witzky: Can I ask you a question?
Tom Witzky: Okay, time to hit the sack.
[coming into the bathroom]

User Review

Great movie, released at the wrong time...

Rating: 10/10

(A) The Sixth Sense and Stir of Echoes must have been the two movies of '99 that I enjoyed the most. Both had good scripts and stories; they were interesting, mysterious, dark, weird -- those are my kinds of movies! They are also a proof that the mysteriousness of ghosts is something we will never tire of or not think to be intriguing.

Stir of Echoes was somewhat similar to Sixth Sense but it was also in many was DIFFERENT. First of all, it (SOE) is dealing with hypnosis and has a more 'criminal' as well as supernatural theme.

This movie is spectacular and the reason it was not recognized as such, is because it was released just a few weeks after The Sixth Sense - a movie which had already satisfied the audience with its supernatural theme. And because The Sixth Sense was such a hit, Stir of Echoes was shoved aside and didn't get the recognition it deserved. Don't get me wrong! I loved Sixth Sense, but this movie is also very good and if you liked The Sixth Sense, I highly recommend you see it!


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