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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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Oona Hart ...
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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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Did You Know?


In the very beginning of the film, a whispering voice is heard: "Abre los ojos" (Spanish for "Open your eyes".) Vanilla Sky is a remake of a Spanish film titled Open Your Eyes (1997). See more »


When David awakes after sleeping in the street, the camera and equipment are reflected in the street puddles. 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 Twelve Monkeys (1995) See more »


Afrika Shox
by Neil Barnes, Paul Daley, Nicholas Rapoccioli and Afrika Bambaataa
Performed by Leftfield / Afrika Bambaataa
Courtesy of Hard Hands / Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Afrika Bambaataa performs courtesy of KLB / Wheels of Steel Records and Planet Rock Music
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This is an ace film
9 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is one of Tom Cruise's finest films. He captures the audiences imaginations with his role of David Aames. His character can relate to us all in some way.The story line is very clever and keeps the audience on edge throughout the whole film. I never really watched Cruise movies that much before but after seeing this it shows me his true talent. My favourite part in the movie is the end where it all comes to a big conclusion and he find out the truth. If you have not seen this yet you definitely should give it a try. It's one of those films that once you've started watching it you just got to see it until the end or it will keep you thinking and you will regret it. My opinion is you should just go buy it and take a risk thats what I did and it became one of my favourite films of all time. It's A* 10/10 I promise once you watch it, it will stick with you and you will like it forever.

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