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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suicide Blonde / Mrs. Dobkins / Young Fingerling's Mother
Laura Tollins
Kyle Flinch
Hotel Clerk
Sergeant Burns
Father Sebastian
Walter Soo Hoo ...
Chinese Restaurant Owner
Dr. Alice Mortimer


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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First it takes hold of your mind...then it takes hold of your life. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,206,087 (UK) (23 February 2007)


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

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Did You Know?


The Sparrows' car's license plate reads "906 8TC". 90 divided by 6 is 15, add 8 and you get 23; and T is the 20th letter in the alphabet, and C is the 3rd. And by simply adding the numbers in the plate we still get 23: 9+0+6+8=23. See more »


(at around 1h 1 min) When Walter Sparrow enters in the post office while Dr. Sirius Leary is opening the boxes, we can clearly see sheets of Neutral Density filters placed on the windows behind Walter Sparrow. See more »


[first lines]
Walter Sparrow: A week ago, the only thing I thought was out of the ordinary was that it was my birthday.
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Written by Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin
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User Reviews

A well written thought provoking story
23 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went into this movie with the notion that I would be seeing another version of the Magestic. I was completely blown away. The visuals are stunning and once you get past Joel's use of the blurred past, you are captivated by his use of colors and imagery. The acting is also good, Carrey has his witty one liners which will please fans. I was captivated and fooled which means to me that there was good acting and writing.

I give this movie an 8/10 due to the questions left by the twists. When you see it you will realize what I am talking about but other than that I do recommend this movie to anyone who loves psychological thrillers with twist endings.

P.s. don't see this because you like Jim Carrey...see it because you like the material.

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