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Memento (2000)

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A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.



(screenplay), (short story "Memento Mori")
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Top Rated Movies #49 | Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 56 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »



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Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. Written by Scion013

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Some memories are best forgotten


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amnesia  »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,488, 18 March 2001, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After being impressed by Carrie-Anne Moss' performance as Trinity in The Matrix (1999), Jennifer Todd suggested her for the part of Natalie. While Mary McCormack lobbied for the role, Christopher Nolan decided to cast Moss as Natalie, saying, "She added an enormous amount to the role of Natalie that wasn't on the page." See more »


After fleeing Dodd, while driving to the hotel, Leonard is reading the description that Natalie wrote down for him. You hear him 'thinking' what she's written down. He 'says' that Dodd is staying at the Mountcrest Inn, yet it is written as the Monterest Inn. See more »


[first lines]
Leonard Shelby: [voiceover] So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room.
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Written by Daniel May
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Best Movie of 2001 (Thus Far)
15 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Incredible, riveting and powerful. What else could I say? This movie has all of the qualities of classic film noir as well as the magnitude of an original, unique concept that has been tried and tired before but works here.

Guy Pearce has been underrated for years (just think back now to Priscilla and can you believe this is the same guy) and finally might get the recognition here that was at least well-deserved of him back for LA Confidential. Powerful perfomances, well developed story with suspensful buildup of what our main character pieces together little by little makes this a must see.

Easily in my top 100 of all time.

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