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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 49 wins & 44 nominations See more »
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(1813 articles)
User Reviews:
Confusion, uncertainty, and paranoia as an art form: possibly. See more (1988 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Erin Franklyn .... grip (uncredited)
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During Teddy's line "You don't have a clue, you freak!", director Christopher Nolan felt that Joe Pantoliano, who played Teddy, did not quite nail the end of the line, so he decided to rerecord the last two words to his liking, delivering them himself. Therefore, in the final film, the words "you freak", as we hear them, are actually being said not by Pantoliano, but by Nolan impersonating Pantoliano's voice. Pantoliano was unaware of the dubbing until an interview for "Anatomy of a Scene: Memento" (????).See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Leonard is able to remember that he has a problem with his memory because he has conditioned himself to look at his "Remember Sammy Jankis" tattoo. Similarly he has conditioned himself to check his pockets for Polaroids to remind himself of other essential day-to-day facts. Alternatively, it could be because Leonard has Korsakov's syndrome, sometimes caused by acute trauma. In some cases the patient knows that they have the disorder. Arguments have been presented both for and against this but, in the end, it's the reality that the movie presents us with and so, for 113 minutes at least, it's true.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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FAQ

Leonard's Finances: How much does he have, where from? How does he keep track?
"I've Done It" Tattoo - is it real?
After Dodd blocks the jaguar in, how does Leonard escape?
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232 out of 316 people found the following review useful.
Confusion, uncertainty, and paranoia as an art form: possibly., 25 January 2001
Author: Pseudo-geordie boy from newcastle, UK

If I told you the entire plot of this film it really wouldn't matter as it is an exquisite paean to the subjectivity of memory and therefore is in itself ambiguous; the ‘truth' of it is up to you. You come out of the cinema questioning yourself, your memories, your truths. Nothing in this film is as it seems, and yet paradoxically everything is as it seems. We see everything through Guy Pearce's characters' (Lenny) eyes, unfortunately he has no short-term memory so cannot form new memories. He would have already forgotten the first sentence of this review. He lives in snapshots of life; his only form of memory is his Polaroid camera, just like in the excellent German film Wintersleepers; also (partly) about a short-term memory disorder.

In this film Lenny takes snapshots to remember who people are, where he now lives, his car, everything. As you can imagine this is perfect for paranoia, suspicion, uncertainty, confusion, and betrayal. And that's exactly what you get in extreme doses. The difference between this film and Wintersleepers however is that Memento is entirely from Lenny's perspective. This therefore creates an imaginative, creatively unsurpassable film. The film begins where it should end, so far so trite, but here's the beauty, we, like Guy Pearce, learn in fragments what's going on. It is therefore perfect for those who love to second guess what's going to happen, who did what, who's doing what and why. The beauty of this film though is that my interpretation could be so different from yours, and neither of us could be sure whose interpretation is the right one; if there is a right one at all. Nothing is certain, nothing is clear. Another beauty of this film is the way it is filmed and edited. Pieces are shown a number of times with no real linear link between them, just like it would be if we ourselves had a memory disorder, and then they are cut up and edited next to things that happen either before or after it. It's just like holding ten different and linearly distinct Polaroids in your hand and having a short-term memory disorder. Excellent.

I'm not even sure if watching it again will make things any less ambiguous, but then who cares? The ambiguity is what makes this a great film, if it wasn't so cut up, or from Lenny's perspective it would be both very short and trite; and lacking in tension, suspense and interest. But as it stands it has all three, isn't trite and says so much about humanity. Oh, and the plot? It really doesn't matter, all you need to know is that everything about this film is indicative of the subjectivity of memory, of our experiences and interpretations of all that happens to us. Nothing will seem as black and white as it did beforehand. It will make you question every memory you have, almost as much as possessing a psychology degree, as I do! So, go and see it: be confused, acknowledge the frailty of all you know to be true, and then imagine the freedom of actually being Lenny, and then the horror of having nothing, nothing but the reliance of a pen and a Polaroid camera to know who you are.

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