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Movie propaganda

After the tragic death of his wife, Emily (Susanna Thompson), who worked as a grief counsellor for terminally ill children, Doctor Joe Darrow (Kevin Costner) begins to care for her patients. When a child undergoes a near death experience and claims to have seen his wife on the other side, he becomes convinced that she's trying to contact him from the next world and goes to dangerous extremes to validate his belief.

Persons of interest

  • Kevin Costner .... Joe Darrow
  • Joe Morton .... Hugh Campbell
  • Ron Rifkin .... Doctor Charlie Dickinson
  • Linda Hunt .... Sister Madeline
  • Susanna Thompson .... Doctor Emily Darrow
  • Kathy Bates .... Miriam Belmont
  • Robert Bailey Junior .... Jeffrey Reardon
  • Jacob Smith .... Ben
  • Jay Thomas .... Hal
  • Lisa Banes .... Flora
  • Matt Craven .... Eric
  • Casey Biggs .... Neil Darrow
  • Leslie Hope .... Charisse Darrow
  • Peter Hansen .... Phillip Darrow
  • Brandon Camp .... Storywriter
  • Mike Thompson .... Storywriter
  • David Seltzer .... Screenwriter
  • Brandon Camp .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Thompson .... Screenwriter
  • Tom Shadyac .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Not exactly The mothman prophecies.

Dragonfly is a romance with spooky bits, based on the premise that white American doctors are rich and can afford to go off into the jungle to look after sickly natives without losing their home through an inability to pay the mortgage. White American doctors can also afford to go off into the jungle to look for dead people without having to save up enough money to afford the international travel, the hirage of a plane with pilot/guide, the visas, the inoculations, etc.

With true Hollywood heroism, Kevin Costner takes on whole countries, walks blithely through cultural differences, ignores those in authority, uses friends as dumping grounds for all sorts of emotional baggage and ends up winning through despite the unbeatable odds and his own inherent conservatism.

Fortunately he has a friendly neighbourhood lesbian who's been through the whole "losing a partner" thing before and can offer sage advice about that, as well as a friendly neighbourhood nun who's been through the whole "life after death" thing and can offer sage advice about that, as well as a friendly neighbourhood white water rafter who's been through the whole "weird icons on a map" thing and can offer sage advice about that. It's all very convenient.

Anyhoo, there are a lot of chicks with tissues out there in movieland ready to watch Dragonfly and be surprised, amazed, spooked and then have a good cry. Don't let my inherent cynicism get the better of you.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English, German, Italian, Czech
  • Picture: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Special features:
    • Commentary
    • Deleted scenes:
      • Playing god
      • Late night visitor
      • Advice on the racketball court
      • Memories of Emily
      • Awaken by dragonflies
      • Am I dreaming? part 1
      • Am I dreaming? part 2
      • The crib
    • Featurettes:
      • Betty Eadie segment
      • Spotlight on location
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, Closed captions, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Czech, Croatian, Hungarian, Slovenian

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 8 August 2002
DVD rental: 8 January 2003
VHS rental: 8 January 2003
DVD retail: 30 April 2003
VHS retail: 30 April 2003

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