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Letham is an anagram of the word "Hamlet" which is referred to numerous times throughout the film.
When Sam wakes up in the first scene, there are some of Henry's paintings at the background.
Massive Attack's song "Angel" is prominently featured on in Doug Liman's Go (1999) and Marc Forster's Stay (2005) - movies with opposing titles.
This was the first screenplay David Benioff sold. It sold for $1.5 million.
At one point, David Fincher was attached to direct.
The colour yellow is frequently used in the movie (Sam's pants, the staircase railings etc.)
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The color yellow is used prominently throughout the film. It represents sunshine, happiness, loyalty, joy, optimism, remembrance and warmth. It energizes mood and relieves depression. It's the lightest and brightest color on the color wheel. It's an attention getter - one reason taxi caps are painted yellow and in most countries traffic lights and signs are yellow, meaning caution. Even some blind people can detect the color yellow. On the other hand, it represents cowardice and deceit. Judas is often depicted wearing yellow.
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This is the first film that director Marc Forster and actor Ewan McGregor worked on. The next movie they will do is Christopher Robin (2018).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In an interview with MTV.com, director Marc Forster revealed the reason why Sam's trousers are too short for his legs. It is because Henry's view of Sam is when he is crouching down, and his trousers pull up when he does this.
Many extras in this film are shown doubled, even tripled in background. Many times two or three people walking side by side are wearing the same clothes and carrying the same things.
When Sam leaves his apartment and Henry is waiting outside, as they walk downstairs the room they stop in front of to talk is number 21. At the end, when the camera is panning up away from the scene of the accident, the number on top of the ambulance is 2121. They also live on the 21st floor; the sign is visible when Sam and Lyla discuss trust after he confronted her about not taking her medicine. This is in reference to Henry's 21st birthday, the recurring theme.
Ryan Gosling operated the camera when he turns to look at the people staring at him in the scene where his head starts to bleed while he is in front of the jewelry store.
The Dream sequence of the falling down a spiral staircase was filmed in St. John's Cathedral in New York City.
The original ending of the movie had Henry standing on top of the bridge (where he is last seen with Sam before the "truth" is revealed). He is shown as gray and spirit-like, looking down on the events that are happening on the bridge.
The entire theme of the film is based on survivors guilt. Henry feels guilty for being the only who survived the accident.
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