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Vanilla Sky (2001)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Mystery, Romance  |  14 December 2001 (USA)
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A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David's Assistant
Oona Hart ...
Peter Brown
Jhaemi Willens ...
Jamie Berliner


Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David's party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn't sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to ... Written by Huggo

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Forget everything you know, and open your eyes. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nebo boje vanile  »

Box Office


$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,015,518 (USA) (14 December 2001)


$100,614,858 (USA) (26 April 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At the start of the movie, when David wakes up with Julie Gianni, her cell phone ringtone is "Row Row Row Your Boat" but at the moment she answers the call and the music stops, the next lyric would have been "Life is but a dream". See more »


In the scene where David is taking his "mug" shots, it shows his height as just shy of 6', but he is 5'7". See more »


[first lines]
Sofía: [in Spanish] Open your eyes.
Sofía: [in English] Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open you...
[David wakes up and pushes the snooze button on his alarm]
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References The Game (1997) See more »


The Nothing Song (Njosnavelin)
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Vanilla sky all time movie
26 November 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I'm from Romania i'll try to speak in English. All i want to say about this movie is that it is and will be my all time number one. Seen it above 30 times at least and will see it for many years now. It has all the little things i like in a movie , it's very touching makes me cry . Shows a whole lot of twisted love things and questions about love and reality , and the true things that matter for different people. It so happens that for me this matters the most , the love , the soul of a man , he's inner being, and this i see in this movie. Perhaps for me it's much more than a motion picture , it's a proof in my mind that it could really exist and that you most make the best out of every moment you live with your soul mate. It's a long way from reality to sci-fi , but .. what if. What if all the capitalism disappeared and economy would go down , would fall? We would all be concerned about other issues and my thought is that , on your death bed , the bigger thing you remember , is not the wealth , not the adventure , not the countries you visited and the people that remember you. But the true friends and your true love and the hope that after you die , all will be god damn perfect and people would be good and care more. WATCH THIS MOVIE and probably it will guide you through your life like it did to me :) Hail from Romania

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