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A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patients near death experiences.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.8/10 (18,384 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Tom Shadyac

Stars: Kevin Costner, Susanna Thompson, Joe Morton

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Writers: Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson


Kevin Costner

Joe Darrow

Susanna Thompson

Emily Darrow

Joe Morton

Hugh Campbell

Ron Rifkin

Charlie Dickinson

Kathy Bates

Mrs. Belmont

Robert Bailey Jr.

Jeffrey Reardon

Jacob Smith


Jay Thomas


Lisa Banes


Matt Craven


Casey Biggs

Neil Darrow

Leslie Hope

Charisse Darrow

Peter Hansen

Phillip Darrow

Mary Beth Fisher


Kim Staunton

Intake Nurse

When someone you love dies… are they gone forever?


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Release Date: 22 February 2002

Filming Locations: Arcadia, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000


Opening Weekend: $10,216,025
(24 February 2002)
(2507 Screens)

Gross: $30,063,805
(7 April 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The character Joe Darrow was written with the intention of Harrison Ford taking the part. Ford turned down the role to take a year off from movies.


Crew or equipment visible:
As Darrow is opening the door to the kitchen, after the scene with the swinging ceiling light, a woman wearing a white long sleeve V neck blouse is visible, standing in the hall behind him.


[first lines]

Emily Darrow:
[over the phone]
It's bad, Joe. They're evacuating the villages. We're about to be washed out. We're hearing gunfire now.

Joe Darrow:
Can you… can you get to Calamar? Can you get across the border to Columbia?

Emily Darrow:
They're putting us on the bus. I don't know where they're taking us. Joe? Joe?

Joe Darrow:

User Review


Rating: 9/10

Call me an soppy silly man, but I loved this movie. I loved every
sentimental sugar-coated silly second of it. I don't believe in life after
death and I think near death experiences are hallucinations, but this
grabbed hold of me and didn't let go. I was genuinely surprised and
by the ending. Great movie.