PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
While in New York City auditioning for Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Toni Collette also auditioned for this film as an afterthought. She said the scene in the car toward the end of the film, which was the audition scene, was the scene that really drew her to the film.
It's getting cold.
Malcolm Crowe: That is one fine frame; one fine frame that is. How much...
Malcolm Crowe: ...does a fine frame like that cost, do you think?
Anna Crowe: I never told you, but you sound a little like Dr. Seuss when you're drunk.
All of the ghosts that Cole sees are wearing the same clothes and have the same bodily damage that had when they died. Even the ones who don't know they're dead still show their wounds. Malcolm's wound never shows up until he realizes he's dead. Additionally, he's able to wear different clothes and interact with his tape recorder, use files and other equipment.
Cole says, "They only see what they want to see," which neatly and intentionally explains why Bruce doesn't see his own blood until he realizes he's dead. Likewise, ghosts constantly interact with the real world, hence Cole's scratches, the poisoned girl's ability to give Cole the VHS tape, etc. Regarding Bruce's clothes, it appears he only adds/removes his jacket, but either way the explanation that he sees what he wants to see should be sufficient.
The Spanish phrase "I don't want to die" that was played on the tape recorder in Malcolm's office is repeated after the credits.
English, Latin, Spanish
$26,681,262 (USA) (6 August 1999)
$293,501,675 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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