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The Number 23 (2007)

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A number is just a number. Or is it? See more »

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

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23 February 2007 (USA)  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,206,087 (UK) (23 February 2007)

Gross:

$35,063,732 (USA) (23 March 2007)
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Logan Lerman character's 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 »

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(at around 9 mins) When Agatha is proceeding to the bookstore, the van in the street behind her disappears between shots. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Tosh.0: Crystal Light Dancers (Reunion) (2010) See more »

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The Banality of Evil
Written by David Sylvian and Burnt Friedman (as Bernd Friedmann)
Performed by Nine Horses
Courtesy of Samadhisound LLC
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This is an excellent movie.
25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this on release night and I have to say that it was awesome. The acting is great, the camera shots are great, and the story is great. I also loved the film noir style shots.

I feel that a majority of people posting negative comments about this movie (mostly before it was even out) are simply haters.

If you feel disappointed because this has Jim Carrey in it and it's not a comedy please do not be. Jim Carrey is an excellent actor and displays the dramatical emotion side of him very well in this movie, see also "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". But, of course, there is humor in the less dramatic parts of the movie.

I definitely recommend seeing this movie.


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