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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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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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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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Nancy Wilson's score has never been given an official commercial release. Though a CD was designed and pressed (including artwork and liner notes) it was only sent to Academy voters from Oscar consideration. As of 2013, only a couple tracks have been released for free on Cameron Crowe's website. See more »


In the closing credits, there is a credit for The Who's performance of "Baba O'Riley" from the documentary The Kids Are Alright. Actually, the short clip of The Who (seen during the montage in the final scene of the film) is footage of their performance of "Won't Get Fooled Again" from the same film. 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 Jules and Jim (1962) See more »


Keep On Pushing
by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of MCA Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sweet and Sour
7 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The sweet is never as sweet without the sour." This quote was essentially the theme for the movie in my opinion. Tom Cruise plays a young man who was handed everything in his life. He takes things for granted and it comes around full swing in this great movie with a superb twist. This film will keep you engaged in the plot and unable to pause it to take a bathroom break.

Its a movie that really makes you step back and look at your life and how you live it. You cannot really appreciate the better things in life (the sweet), like love, until you have experienced the bad (the sour). The theme will really get you to "open your eyes".

Only complaint is that the movie gets very twisted at points and is hard to really understand. I think the end is perfect though. I recommend you watch it and see for yourself.

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