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Memento -- A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.

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Director:
Writers:
Christopher Nolan (screenplay)
Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori")
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Release Date:
11 October 2000 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some memories are best forgotten
Plot:
A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 47 wins & 34 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Christopher Nolan 
 
Writing credits
Christopher Nolan (screenplay)

Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori")

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... co-executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Elaine Dysinger .... co-producer
Aaron Ryder .... executive producer
Emma Thomas .... associate producer
Jennifer Todd .... producer
Suzanne Todd .... producer
William Tyrer .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Julyan 
 
Cinematography by
Wally Pfister (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
 
Production Design by
Patti Podesta 
 
Set Decoration by
Danielle Berman 
 
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Scott H. Eddo .... key makeup artist (as Scott Eddo)
Larry Waggoner .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jenifer Chatfield .... post-production supervisor
Page Rosenberg-Marvin .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Musteric .... second second assistant director (as Michael J. Musteric)
Robert Ohlandt .... second assistant director: second unit (as Robert J. Ohlandt)
Christopher Pappas .... first assistant director
Michelle Pappas .... second assistant director (as Michelle 'Muggs' Pappas)
Marlon Smith .... first assistant director: second unit
Chris Edmonds .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fanée Aaron .... draftsperson (as Fanee Aaron)
Patrick Bolton .... swing gang
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist (as Mark Bristol)
Randy Budka .... set painter
Andrew Max Cahn .... draftsperson
Erik Carlson .... assistant art director (as P. Erik Carlson)
Lamont Carson .... propmaker
Walsh Carvalho .... swing gang (as Walsh Creek Carvalho)
Tessa Chasteen .... assistant property master (as Tessa 'Lucky' Chasteen)
Derek Christensen .... stand-by carpenter
Julia D'Agostino .... art department assistant
Dan Dorfer .... head painter foreman
Sean Fallon .... property master
J.J. Fleisher .... swing gang
Lilly Frank .... stand-by painter
Katie Gonzalez .... propmaker (as Katie Sanner)
William F. Graves II .... propmaker
Jay Hadley .... art department assistant
Jeff Leahy .... set painter
Gabriel Lopez .... propmaker
David Mocsary .... leadman
Marilyn Morgan .... on-set dresser
Liz Ruckdeschel .... art department assistant
Paul A. Still .... construction coordinator
Dan Wilson .... propmaker
Kenny Abney .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charlie Ajar Jr. .... sound recordist
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... adr supervisor (as Norval Crutcher III)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... dialogue editor (as Norval Crutcher III)
William Fiege .... sound mixer (as William M. Fiege)
Diana Flores .... adr recordist
Gary S. Gerlich .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Alan Holly .... adr mixer
William Hooper .... sound effects editor
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Dean Minnerly .... foley artist
Robert Muchnicki .... foley artist (as Rob Muchnicki)
Patrick O'Sullivan .... sound effects editor
Albert Romero .... foley mixer
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel Webb .... assistant sound editor
Ace Williams .... boom operator
Marilyn Graf .... foley editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Andrew Sebok .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brian Avery .... stunts
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (as Chris Doyle)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Steve Hulin .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator (as Julius Leflore)
Monte Rex Perlin .... stunts (as Monte Perlin)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bodin .... best boy grip
Kevin Chickanis .... key grip: second unit (as Kevin Chickauis)
Eric M. Davis .... lamp operator
Kenny Davis .... dolly grip
Cory Geryak .... gaffer
Bob Hall .... camera operator
D.J. Harder .... first assistant camera: second unit (as David J. Harder)
Toulouse Holliday .... best boy grip: second unit (as Shane Toulouse Holliday)
Richard James Hughes .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Rich Hughes)
Dan Lynch .... grip
Jim McComas .... best boy electric
Greg McEachen .... lamp operator (as Gregory E. McEachen)
Daniel C. McFadden .... second assistant camera
Jason Newton .... key grip
Daniel Rothenberg .... still photographer (as Danny Rothenberg)
Daniel C. Rothenberg .... still photographer (as Danny Rothenberg)
Landon Ruddel .... gaffer (as Landen Ruddell)
Joaquin Sedillo .... director of photography: second unit
Philip Shanahan .... first assistant camera (as Phil Shanahan)
Don Spiro .... lamp operator
R. Michael Stringer .... grip
Rachel Wells .... lamp operator
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Terrence Harris .... casting associate (as Terence Harris)
Wendy O'Brien .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Laoparadonchai .... set costumer
Laura Marolakos .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jamie Burris .... post-production assistant
Don Capoferri .... color timer
Mike Grant .... first assistant editor
Mato .... color timer (as Mato Der Avanessian)
Cybele O'Brien .... apprentice editor
Michael Matsumoto .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... post-production services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Klotz .... music supervisor
Mikael Sandgren .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Robert Blatchford .... driver
Bruce Callahan .... driver
John Cardos .... driver (as John Bud Cardos)
Gary DeVoe .... driver (as Gary Devoe)
Dan Duffy .... driver
Joe Feeney .... transportation captain (as Joseph R. Feeney)
Denise Fligg .... driver
P. Gerald Knight .... transportation coordinator
Charles Newland .... driver
Shaun Ryan .... driver
Steve Shoemaker .... driver (as Steve 'Shoe' Shoemaker)
Keven Simmons .... driver (as Keven Hale Simmons)
Travis Stake .... driver
Dan O. Wiseman .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brent Amelingmeier .... executive: Newmarket
Terrence Beasor .... adr voice
Elizabeth A. Bergman .... post-production accountant (as Elizabeth Bergman)
Jose Carrillo .... chef helper
Rene Cogan .... executive: Newmarket
John B. Crye .... executive: Newmarket (as John Crye)
Vicki Davis .... adr voice
John DeMita .... adr voice (as John Demita)
Judi M. Durand .... adr voice (as Judi Durand)
Russ Fega .... location manager
Bennett Fidlow .... additional legal services (as Bennett J. Fidlow)
Efrain Figueroa .... adr voice
Greg Finley .... adr voice
Jeff Fischer .... adr voice
Antonio García .... chef
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor (as Steven R. Gehrke)
David Guilbeau .... craft service (as Cajun Guilbeau)
Linda Hawkins .... executive: Newmarket
Erika Hemmerle .... assistant: Jennifer Todd
Rafael Hernandez .... chef helper
Doris Hess .... adr voice
Frank S. Johnson .... assistant: Suzanne Todd (as Frank Johnson)
Monica Kenyon .... key set production assistant (as Monica M. Kenyon)
Christina Kim .... assistant production coordinator
Kenneth Kim .... executive: Newmarket
Chad Lane .... stand-in
Amanda Lawrence .... publicist
Scott Leclau .... executive: Newmarket
Larry T. Lewis .... production coordinator
Ed McGrady .... production assistant
Denise Mora .... first assistant accountant
Bob Neill .... adr voice
Jonathan Nolan .... production assistant (as Jonah Nolan)
Scott Pierce .... stand-in
Debra Pollack .... executive: Newmarket
William M. Povletich .... production accountant (as William Povletich)
Michelle Purple .... assistant: Suzanne Todd (as Michelle Glass)
Jasan Sherman .... assistant location manager (as Howie Sherman)
Audrey Tallard .... production assistant
Marianne E. Titiriga .... assistant: Jennifer Todd (as Marianne Titiriga)
Rhonda Wheelan .... craft service
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven .... executive: Newmarket
Anthony Woods .... first aid
Jenny Worman .... stand-in
Charlie Yook .... production assistant
Ruth Zalduondo .... adr voice
John B. Crye .... story editor (uncredited)
Bridgette Kelley .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Frederic Perrin .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Howard Abramson .... special thanks
Dan Aloni .... special thanks
Chris Andrews .... special thanks
Keya Khayatian .... special thanks
Nancy Kirhoffer .... special thanks
Gleb Klioner .... special thanks
Stephanie Reuler .... special thanks
Vanessa Ryder .... special thanks
Michael Schenkman .... special thanks
Michael Schlitt .... special thanks
Todd Schulkin .... special thanks
Diane Upson .... special thanks
Patrick Wachsberger .... special thanks
Cal Worthington .... special thanks
Henry Wrenn-Meleck .... special thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and some drug content
Runtime:
113 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 | Ireland:18 (original rating) | Ireland:15 (re-rating) | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (censored version) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Spain:16 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #37211)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In one scene, Leonard quickly passes in front of a comic book store. The Batman logo is displayed prominently on the store's window. Christopher Nolan later directed Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While noting down Teddy's license plate number SG13 7IU, Leonard writes it as SG13 71U, which is how it gets tattooed on his leg at Emma's. However, at the beginning of the movie, when Natalie sends Leonard a package containing details about Teddy, the License number mentioned is SG13 7IU. Leonard checks this with the License number tattooed on his leg and does not realize the difference.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Vengeance (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Do the BoogalooSee more »

FAQ

What is the book Leonard's wife is reading?
Is Teddy lying or truthful during his exposition?
What does Natalie want from Leonard?
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54 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Some memories are best forgotten. You have to appreciate how original a movie ‘Memento' really is!, 6 February 2003
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

Losing your memory would have to go close to one of the worst experience anyone could ever suffer from. In the movie ‘Memento', we get to see how bad it is to suffer from short term memory loss. It also gives us the chance to see how far a patient of such a disease will go to remember what is most important to him. In the vain of ‘Pulp Fiction', Memento is a movie that has to be seen to be believed. It is no wonder that this movie is so popular with the movie going public around the world.

Leonard Shelby wears expensive, tailored suits, drives a late model Jaguar sedan, but lives in cheap, anonymous motels, paying his way with thick wads of cash. Although he looks like a successful businessman, his only work is the pursuit of vengeance: tracking and punishing the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that Leonard suffers from a rare, untreatable form of ‘amnesia'. Although he can recall details of life before his ‘accident' Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he is, where he is going, or why.

Christopher Nolan has made one great (but confusing) movie. His style in directing and editing ‘Memento' is quite unique, as no movie has ever been made quite like it before. The story being told in a backward kind of motion makes the audience have to think hard about what they are watching. It also makes the audience feel for a guy like Leonard, whose condition only gets worse and worse as the movie goes on. I am almost 100% sure that Nolan and his brother Jonathan, made up this story in the realisation that it was meant to be confusing. What is also cleverly done by Nolan is the use of black and white and then colour shots. In my opinion, the variations in these shots are used so it confuses the audience even more.

Guy Pearce's role in ‘Memento' shows me why he is so successful in Hollywood today. Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, a man on the hunt for his wife's killer. The only problem is that Shelby is suffering from ‘anterior-grade amnesia', a disease that cannot be treated. With ‘Lenny', I feel the audience suffers partly the same condition as he does, and partly does not, as we can remember what has happened in the present.

Memento's other main stars include corrupt cop ‘Teddy' (Joe Pantoliano). A friend said of Pantoliano's performance in Memento, ‘he was perfect for the role of ‘Teddy', as he comes across as the mysterious bad guy'. I could not agree more. There is also the character of Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) who is a lot like Teddy in her own way. What is similar about these characters is the way they use Leonard's condition to advantage their own situations.

Other characters include Sammy Jenkis (Stephen Tobolowsky), who is a victim we learn about from an old case when Leonard Shelby was an insurance investigator. There is Leonard's wife, Catherine (C.S.I.'s Jorja Fox) who is another fascinating character. Although we do not hear her say much, she is a vital part of this most confusing story. Add in the funny role of Burt (Mark Boone Jnr.), the motel clerk, who openly admits to Lenny that he is ripping him off, by giving him two rooms, but that he will not remember it happening anyway.

Yet in no way do any of the characters in ‘Memento' realise they are in a time reversed movie. I am sure that many of the performers would have had to read their scripts many times to understand what was happening from a cinematic point of view. But from an acting prospective, this would have been an easy experience to be part of. Memento also has some interesting devices to tell the story. The way Leonard tries to remember things in the present and the future, via notes tattoos and photographs, making them an important element within the movie. Without them, our hero would not be able to remember anything.

Nonetheless, memory is the most vital element in this movie, because without it, people are confused, isolated and abused, which is what happens to our ‘hero', Leonard. As Lenny mentions early on in the film, "Memory's unreliable ... Memory's not perfect. It's not even that good. Ask the police; eyewitness testimony is unreliable ... Memory can change the shape of a room or the colour of a car. It's an interpretation, not a record. Memories can be changed or distorted, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts." But it has to be ironic that Leonard is the one who narrates ‘Memento', when his recollections and memories of events are inaccurate and jaded. There are also some powerful scenes in ‘Memento'. The one ‘which sticks in my mind the most' has to be where Natalie abuses Leonard, calling his dead wife a ‘whore', snorting smartly ‘that you won't be even able to remember what I have said'.

So, if you watch this movie and it confuses you the first or even the second time, I can assure you that is how you are meant to feel, confused. If you hated watching ‘Memento' the way Christopher Nolan intended, then I can only recommend that you get a hold of the DVD and watch it in chronological order, as it will really help you. Memento also shows how bad ‘mental disease' patients can be abused by healthy people and what lengths sick patients will go to try and keep ‘sane'. Also, if a movie makes you think, then in some way it has been successful in doing something that many movies do not do – making you think. Those sorts of cinematic experiences are the ones that we need to cherish for life, as they are few and far between. Memento is one such experience.

CMRS gives ‘Memento': 5 (Brilliant Movie)











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