Memento (2000)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 53 mins

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Embedded with action and suspense, this psychological thriller chronicles the complex and confusing life of Leonard Shelby, who has short term memory loss resulting from an injury he sustained which was associated with the murder of his wife. He remembers his life prior to the incident, such as being an insurance claims investigator. He has learned to cope with his memory loss through dealing with a man named Sammy Jankis, a person he investigated professionally who also had short term memory issues. Some of these coping mechanism are to have a system of where to place things, talk to people face-to-face if possible rather than on the telephone as to be able to gauge their true intention, take Polaroids and write copious notes, the most important of those which he tattoos on his body so that they become permanent. Leonard's current mission is to find and kill his wife's murderer, who he believes is a man named John G., a name which is tattooed on his body. Over the course of a day, Leonard is assisted in this mission by a few people seemingly independent of each other, including a man named Teddy and a woman named Natalie. However, each time he meets them, he has no idea who they are, why they are helping him and if indeed they are working toward the same goal as him...
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Cast: Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano

Crew: Christopher Nolan (Director), Wally Pfister (Director of Photography), David Julyan (Music Director)

Rating: MA (Australia), 16 (Germany)

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Release Dates: 11 Oct 2000 (India)

Tagline: Some memories are best forgotten.

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Did you know? Although the opening scene is literally shown backwards every single sound effect is in fact a normal" forward-played sound effect. The only sound played backwards is Teddy screaming, "No!" Read More
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as Natalie
as Leonard
as Teddy
as Leonard's Wife
as Blonde
as Jimmy
as Tattooist
as Waiter
as Sammy Jankis
as Doctor


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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Some memories are best forgotten.
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Ghajini (Tamil)
Factual Mistake
Possibly deliberate: A shot shows Teddy's Driver License with its expiry date clearly visible: 02/29/01. But the year 2001 is no leap year, thus there is no 29th day in February.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Dodd pulls his red vehicle into view after Leonard turns off the road to see what he was harassing him about, the camera crew is reflected on the side as the truck moves from the right side of the frame to the left.

When Leonard burns Catherine's hairbrush in the fire, you can see that Catherine's book is also burning next to it before Leonard has put it into the fire.

Character Error
When Leonard is sitting in his pick-up writing down Teddy's license number, he writes "FACT 6" without checking how many other facts there are first.
Christopher Nolan's first choice for the role of Leonard was Alec Baldwin.

According to Christopher Nolan, Carrie-Anne Moss shot her whole part for the film in eight days.

Christopher Nolan's white Honda Civic can be seen parked next to Leonard Shelby's Jaguar at the motel.

Although the opening scene is literally shown backwards every single sound effect is in fact a normal" forward-played sound effect. The only sound played backwards is Teddy screaming, "No!"