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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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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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Did You Know?


There are multiple occasions when the number (or time) 9:09 is displayed prominently. (David's watch, the chalkboard, a kid wearing a blue shirt that says #9 and of course all the mentions of cats (who according to various myths, have nine lives). Crowe has stated in multiple interviews that this is an homage to the Beatles and their song Revolution #9. See more »


When David pulls up to his office early on, there are cars parked in front of and behind him. In the next shot, from the side, those cars have disappeared. 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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Crazy Credits

The end credits are done to a background of a skyscape changing the various colors of the day. See more »


References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Doot Doot
by Rick Smith (as R. Smith), Alfred John Thomas (as A. Thomas) and Karl Hyde (as K. Hyde)
Performed by Freur
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Frightening, sad, touching and so underrated
15 January 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I had heard some not too good things about this movie and had probably seen the low score here at IMDb and that's why I had avoided it. Today they showed Vanilla Sky on TV and as I had nothing better to do... and as it turned out, I would have had a hard time finding anything better to do. Vanilla Sky is a frightening, sad and touching movie, actually one of the best I've seen in a while. I was surprised by how I was affected watching it. It's hard to explain, but during the movie your feelings towards the characters and your perception of what is going on changes and it's quite an emotional journey. Vanilla Sky really touched me in a way that is very rare for a movie, or any media for that matter.

I really recommend everyone to watch this movie. Regardless of what you have heard about it.

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