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Principal photography of this film took over one year. Because all cast and crew members had other full-time jobs they were only able to film on Saturdays about 15 minutes of footage until photography had been completed.
This is Christopher Nolan's directorial debut with a feature-length film.
Christopher Nolan came up with the idea for the film because he had his home broken into and wondered what the people thought as they went around looking at his belongings.
The clock that Cobb steals is the same clock as in Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000).
The whole film is shot almost entirely handheld, single camera.
The second apartment Bill and Cobb break into has a Batman sticker on the door. Christopher Nolan would later go on to direct "The Dark Knight Trilogy", which consists of Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Christopher Nolan never studied film-making at university. He studied English Literature at University College London, and used the film society there to shoot the opening dialogue scene between Bill and the policeman.
The surname Cobb is also used by the character Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception (2010).
The production budget of the film is only six thousand dollars, which makes it one of the least expensive films in history.
The alias used by Bill in the bar is Danny Lloyd. Danny Lloyd is the name of the lead child actor in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). Christopher Nolan is a fan of Kubrick and considers him to be one of his primary influences.
Bill's posters include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Casablanca (1942), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Shining (1980), and Marilyn Monroe.
The famous "Here's Johnny" picture from The Shining (1980) is shown in Bill's apartment.
One of the things Bill has stolen is the soundtrack to the movie Trainspotting (1996).
There is a painting by Mark Rothko hanging on the wall of Young Man's room, visible when he visits it with Cobb.

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Christopher Nolan: [credit card break-in] Cobb attempts to break into a flat using a credit card. The same method is used in Memento (2000) and Insomnia (2002).

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