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The Number 23 (2007)

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Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.


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On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth. Written by <>

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Número 23  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,206,087 (UK) (23 February 2007)


$35,063,732 (USA) (23 March 2007)

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Logan Lerman characters name is Robin Sparrow. Robin and Sparrow are both two types of birds. A robin being the red breasted bird and the sparrow being a small finchlike Old World bird related to the weaverbirds, typically with brown and gray plumage. See more »


in the movie, Walter sparrow was turning 32, their son is aged 13/14. but Walter sparrow said that he met her wife when he was 23, how could their son be 13/14? See more »


[first lines]
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freaky and cool
6 September 2007 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

The trouble with many actors that do only a particular type of film, is that once they go outside of their box, it's just too weird. This is true to Jim Carrey. We've become so accustomed to his comedy flicks that this throws us off guard. I kept waiting for him to crack jokes, but they never came. This is a true drama/thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.

Carrey plays a man who starts reading a book that more and more sound like it was written just for him. Then strange occurrences of the number 23 keep popping up and the story gets weirder and weirder. But trust me, stick with it--the twist is a jaw dropper.

I have to say it was a bit odd to see Carrey in the sex scenes-- I kept waiting for him to jump up and say "ssssssmokin!!!" I thought overall it was a great movie.

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