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The Number 23 (2007)

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Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

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Joel Schumacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Walter Sparrow / Fingerling
Virginia Madsen ... Agatha Sparrow / Fabrizia
Logan Lerman ... Robin Sparrow
Danny Huston ... Isaac French / Dr. Miles Phoenix
Lynn Collins ... Suicide Blonde / Mrs. Dobkins / Young Fingerling's Mother
Rhona Mitra ... Laura Tollins
Michelle Arthur ... Sybil
Mark Pellegrino ... Kyle Flinch
Paul Butcher ... Young Fingerling / Young Walter
David Stifel ... Hotel Clerk
Corey Stoll ... Sergeant Burns
Ed Lauter ... Father Sebastian
Troy Kotsur ... Barnaby
Walter Soo Hoo Walter Soo Hoo ... Chinese Restaurant Owner
Patricia Belcher ... Dr. Alice Mortimer
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Storyline

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A number is just a number. Or is it? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Número 23 See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,107,000, 25 February 2007

Gross USA:

$35,193,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,566,815
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 48 mins) When Walter first drives to the King Edward Hotel the 'O' and the 'T' of the 'Hotel' are broken, however, the 'H', 'E' and 'L' are lit up. 2 unlit letters and 3 lit letters. 2 and 3 = 23. See more »

Goofs

(at around 37 mins) A segment in the opening credits states that the Mayans believed the world would end on December 23, 2012, while in the film, Danny Huston's character reads that the Mayans believed that the world would end on December 12, 2012. In actuality, the Mayans did not believe the world would end in December 2012; they believed a new world would be created. (The date of this is still widely disputed as well, with some sources placing the date as December 21, 2012.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Walter Sparrow: A week ago, the only thing I thought was out of the ordinary was that it was my birthday.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated version runs 3-4 minutes longer. See more »


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The Banality of Evil
Written by David Sylvian and Burnt Friedman (as Bernd Friedmann)
Performed by Nine Horses
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So much wasted potential
20 February 2007 | by mrmatt14See all my reviews

Hrmm... where to start.

Matthew Libatuque is about as good of a cinematographer as there is working, and for the visually inclined out there, this one is a feast.

Jim Carrey.... hrmm... Jim Carrey. I like it when comic actors play dark, as long as it's done well. He does this one well, but he's still the wrong actor for the role. There's a difference between being dark and playing dark, and unfortunately, he was just playing. This one was SCREAMING for Colin Farrell, but instead we get Jim Carrey proving that he really can act.

But as for the movie, I can simply say it's a mixed bag, and the fault there goes to Joel Schumacher. He gets credit for being a mainstream director who likes the dark material, but once again (*ahem* 8mm) he either doesn't understand the material, or isn't willing to stick up for it's integrity in the face of his big studio bosses. Either way, David Fincher could have done wonders with this, or Christopher Nolan, or any of the other directors who have a talent with solid, dark material.

The ending is the ultimate fault of the movie. Obviously, some suspension of disbelief is required for something like this, but the ending so strains credulity that it ruins some otherwise noteworthy work in the rest of the film. There are so many excellent directions this could have gone, but Schumacher opted for clever, and that relegates this one to little more than a renter.


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