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Stay (2005)

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A psychiatrist attempts to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writer:

David Benioff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Dr. Sam Foster
Ryan Gosling ... Henry Letham
Kate Burton ... Mrs. Letham
Naomi Watts ... Lila Culpepper
Elizabeth Reaser ... Athena
Bob Hoskins ... Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo ... Dr. Beth Levy
BD Wong ... Dr. Ren
John Tormey ... Custodian / Piano Mover #1
José Ramón Rosario ... Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
Becky Ann Baker ... Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
Lisa Kron Lisa Kron ... Paramedic #2
Gregory Mitchell Gregory Mitchell ... Dance Instructor
John Dominici John Dominici ... Boy / Young Henry
Jessica Hecht ... Boy's Mother
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Storyline

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal. Written by Anonymous

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Between the worlds of the living and the dead there is a place you're not supposed to stay.


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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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The color yellow is used prominently throughout the film. It represents sunshine, happiness, loyalty, joy, optimism, remembrance and warmth. It energizes mood and relieves depression. It's the lightest and brightest color on the color wheel. It's an attention getter - one reason taxi caps are painted yellow and in most countries traffic lights and signs are yellow, meaning caution. Even some blind people can detect the color yellow. On the other hand, it represents cowardice and deceit. Judas is often depicted wearing yellow. See more »

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During the chess game, the move "king's rook to e3" was announced. In fact the rook was moved to e1. The next move, "knight to c3, check," didn't put the king in check and Sam didn't move the knight there. See more »

Quotes

Sam Foster: What's this?
Henry Letham: I burned myself.
Sam Foster: You burned yourself? Why?
Henry Letham: Practicing for hell.
Sam Foster: Why do you think you're going to hell?
Henry Letham: Because of what I did. Because of what I'm gonna do.
Sam Foster: What are you going to do?
Henry Letham: [mimes a gun to his head]
Sam Foster: You're going to try to kill yourself? And how serious should I take this threat?
Henry Letham: Saturday at midnight. It's what I'm going to do.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was censored to achieve a 15 rating. A line of dialogue describing a suicide technique was altered. The original line was restored in the 2006 18-rated DVD. See more »

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Featured in Writing the Music for 'Stay' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Andrew Vowles (as Andrew Vowles) and Horace Andy
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Dreaming of Life
20 July 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After a car accident on a bridge, the psychiatrist Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) assumes the case of the survivor Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), who apparently torched and car and promises to commit suicide three days later. Sam decides to investigate deeper what happened with Henry, and feels that he is becoming detached from reality with his findings about the case. He asks his girlfriend Lila Culpepper (Naomi Watts) to help himself to stay lucid, while trying to solve the intriguing situation of Henry.

I am a great fan of director Marc Foster, with his dramatic "Everything Put Together" and "Monster's Ball", and the wonderful "Finding Neverland". However, "Stay" is absolutely different from the foregoing movies, being a kind of "Sixth Sense" or "Jacob's Ladder" with a David Lynch style. The screenplay is very intriguing and challenging, with weird situations, and there is a catch in the end with Sam Foster vision when the truth is finally disclosed. The beautiful cinematography gives the sensation of a dream, or nightmare, to the viewer. This compelling film is attractive and deserves to be watched more than once. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Passagem" ("The Passage")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,188,199, 23 October 2005

Gross USA:

$3,626,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,483,797
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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