The Lake House (2006)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 39 mins

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Embedded soulful romance and fantastic mystery, this offbeat love story touchingly traces the evolution in the relationship between a frustrated architect living in 2004 and a lonely doctor living in 2006. The two meet via letters left in a mailbox at the lake house they have both lived in at separate points in time; they carry on correspondence over two years, remaining separated by their original difference of two years. For Alex the time goes from 2004 to 2006. For Kate the time goes from 2006 to 2008. What is the mysterious connection that has brought them together? They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.
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Cast: Christopher Plummer, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock

Crew: Alejandro Agresti (Director), Alar Kivilo (Director of Photography), Paul M Van Brugge (Music Director), Rachel Portman (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Release Dates: 16 Jun 2006 (India)

Tagline: How do you hold on to someone you've never met?

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Did you know? Simon Wyler's death date is listed as October 6, 2004. October 6 is also the birthday of Swiss architect Le Corbusier, one of the two architects mentioned as his influences when he designed the Lake House (the other is Frank Lloyd Wright). Read More
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as Simon Wyler
as Alex Wyler
as Kate Forster
Supporting Actress
as Morgan
as Henry Wyler
as Cove Patron
Supporting Actress
as Waiter
Supporting Actress
as Mona
Supporting Actress
as Mulhern
Supporting Actor
as Kate's Mother


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Executive Producer




Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Key Grip


Music Editor


Sound Designer
Foley Artist
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Editor
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Set Decorator
Set Designer
Prop Master


Casting Director
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Costume Supervisor


Associate Editor
Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Performer

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Producer
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panavision Genesis, Panavision Panaflex, Panavision PSR, Panavision System 65, Super Panavision-70
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
How do you hold on to someone you've never met?
What if you found the one you were meant for... but you lived 2 years apart?
During a scene set in 2004, the Paul McCartney song "This Never Happened to Me Before" is featured prominently. This song is on the album "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," which was released on September 13, 2005.

The taxicabs in the film have the same color license plates in 2004 and 2006, even though Illinois taxi license plates are reissued annually with different colors. The blue plates shown in the film are the 2005 series.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Alex realizes it's Valentine's Day, he asks his brother "Valentine's Day, 2006?" but his mouth clearly says 2004.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Kate is writing to Alex asking him to call her July 10, 2006 at 9:05 p.m., she mouths "July 10, 2004", but we hear 2006.

Audio/Video Mismatch
While looking through the pictures she says " the year 2004" but her mouth says 2002.

Audio/Video Mismatch
Mona's words at the job site, as she's talking to Alex in the beginning, don't match her mouth.

Character Error
When Alex catches up with his dog, Jack, at Morgan and Kate's house, Alex tells Morgan that Jack is a she, not a he. A few moments later, Alex's girlfriend, Mona, catches up with Alex and his dog. She says about the dog, "Oh, I see you found him."

Character Error
When Jack is finally caught, Alex clearly and loudly says "girl" when talking to the dog, but Morgan still refers to the dog as a male.

When Alex shows his brother the lake house in 2004, he mentions that the house has no way to reach the water and that there should be a staircase so that you could go swimming. He adds the stairs himself later on. However, when Alex receives the book of his father's memoirs, he looks at a photo of his father and himself, a child, at the lake house. There are clearly stairs leading down to the water underneath the house, but the stairs did not exist until Alex added them in 2004.

When we first see the lake house tree, the shape of the leaf is different from the leaf that is present in two years later. The first doesn't appear to be the same type of Maple.

When Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) finds out that his dad is in the hospital he gets to the front desk to ask about his Dad's room. In that scene his sweat shirt was zipped up but when the attendant Anna Klyczynski (Shohreh Aghdashloo) realises he is the son of Simon Wyler ('Christopher Plummer') and comes round to talk to him his zipper is down.
Sandra Bullock states that she felt compelled to name the dog "Jack" after the character of Keanu Reeves in Speed (1994) - the first movie the two of them made together.

The actual house did not exist and was built for the movie, then dismantled. In using Google Earth to see the house, enter 41.7142, -87.8901 in the window on the Fly To tab. This will take you to the center of the lake. Zoom to the clearing on the eastern shore. Then select April 29, 2005 as the date.

Sandra Bullock revealed in an Entertainment Weekly interview that the title house had running water but no toilets.

The name of the exclusive restaurant in the film is "Il Mare". "Il Mare" is also the name of the house and the International title of the Korean film upon which "The Lake House" is based, Il Mare (2000).

The lake house measured 2000 square feet and sat on top of steel beams ten feet above the waterline. It used 35 tons of steel and required nearly 100 carpenters, welders and painters to build it.

The Lake House used was located on Maple Lake, a small and well known haunted fishing lake located in Willow Springs, IL.

The song featured at Kate's birthday party is "This Never Happened Before" by Paul McCartney. However, this song was released on his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, which at the time of her party (2004) had not yet been released.

This is Keanu Reeves's third film involving time travel, the first two being Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991).

The address of the building in Chicago at which Sandra Bullock lives is 1620 Racine. This would place it in the same block as the apartment belonging to Sean Connery in The Untouchables (1987) (Connery's character lived at 1634 Racine).

First movie to be released simultaneously on DVD, HDDVD and Blu-ray Disc.

John Cusack was the first choice for the role of Alex Wyler, but he declined.

The construction site that Reeves' character is working on is real. It is owned by Pulte Homes and is the Madison Park Community in Aurora, Illinois.

The movie Kate watches on TV is "Notorious" by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman

The location of the lake house, on Maple Lake, is located in the same Forest Preserve and is approximately 1 kilometer away from the site of the world's first nuclear reactor, CP-1, which was constructed during World War II's Manhattan Project in the Forest Preserve.

It seems both Alex and Kate drive vehicles that are also two years apart: Alex's pickup looks like a 1966 Chevy and Kate's Mustang is apparently a 1968.

Alejandro Agresti: man using breath spray on the train, beside Sandra Bullock.

Simon Wyler's death date is listed as October 6, 2004. October 6 is also the birthday of Swiss architect Le Corbusier, one of the two architects mentioned as his influences when he designed the Lake House (the other is Frank Lloyd Wright).