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Stay (2005)



Critic Consensus: A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.

Movie Info

Marc Forster's psychological thriller Stay stars Ewan McGregor as Sam Foster, a psychologist who begins to feel his grip on reality slipping away because of one of his patients. Ryan Gosling plays Henry Letham, a patient who has been offering disturbing predictions that have come true. When he claims that Henry will kill himself in three days, the psychiatrist sets off on a journey to help him. Written by David Benioff, the film co-stars Naomi Watts.more
Rating: R (for language and some disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Benioff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2006
Box Office: $3.3M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Ewan McGregor
as Sam Foster
Ryan Gosling
as Henry Letham
Naomi Watts
as Lila Culpepper
Kate Burton
as Mrs. Letham
Bob Hoskins
as Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo
as Dr. Beth Levy
B.D. Wong
as Dr. Ren
Jessica Hecht
as Boy's Mother
Michael Gaston
as Sheriff Kennelly
Mark Margolis
as Business Man
Mary Testa
as Waitress
Gregory Mitchell
as Dance Instructor
John Tormey
as Piano Mover #1
John Dominici
as Boy/Young Henry
Sterling K. Brown
as Frederick/Devon
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Piano Mover #2
Becky Ann Baker
as Paramedic #1
Lisa Kron
as Paramedic #2
Michael Devine
as Security Guard
Jolly Abraham
as Young Woman
Oni Faida Lampley
as Waitress #3
Jarleth Conroy
as English Man
Noah Bean
as Student Guide
G.A. Aguilar
as Bicyclist
Vito Violante
as Officer #2
Douglas Crosby
as Psych Ward Paramedic...
Blaise Corrigan
as Psych Ward Paramedic...
Hank Eulau
as Noodle Man
Mam Smith
as Dancer #1
John Selya
as Dancer
Tom Titone
as Dancer
G.A. Aguilar
as Bicyclist
Douglas Crosby
as Psych Ward Paramedic...
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News & Interviews for Stay

Critic Reviews for Stay

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (40)

Stay is interesting, but it's hard to recommend to anyone but the small cadre of David Lynch devotees who will inhale anything with a whiff of similarity to their favorite auteur's scent.

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Top Critic

In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

It is both straightforward and abstract, using cinematic tricks to put the audience in Sam/Henry's headspace. The result is a bit a sense of intentional vertigo that may cloud the films ultimately humanist point.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

A sappy melodrama touted in a supernatural angle...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling all lower their box office merit with this unbaked psychological thriller about a suicidal man (Gosling) taunting his eccentric psychologist (McGregor) after surviving a horrible car accident.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

The effect is something indescribably cinematic, as the inner mechanics of the mind's eye are vividly translated onto the big screen. Beautiful, haunting and ultimately transcendent...

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Stay



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Ryan plays a young student who is distraught after his parents and girlfriend are killed in a car accident. He tells his psychiastrist that he will kill himself in 3 days. Ewan locates all the people who have been in contact with Ryan in an attempt to find him and save him.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Ryan Gosling dazzles once again in this film, in a deep, mind twisting tale on the edge of sanity, that will gradually lose you if you allow it.

I've seen this film several times now and have to admit, this is the first time I have watched it and got the ending!

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Stay Quotes

Lila Culpepper: There's too much beauty to quit.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
Sam Foster: Bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art because it documents human failure.
– Submitted by Miles C (3 years ago)
Sam Foster: If this is a dream, the whole world is inside it.
– Submitted by Dipta C (4 years ago)
Henry Letham: An elegant suicide is the ultimate work of art.
– Submitted by Dipta C (4 years ago)

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