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The Number 23 (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  23 February 2007 (USA)
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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:
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

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?


This is the 23rd project Joel Schumacher has directed. See more »


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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Tear You Apart
Written by Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin
Performed by She Wants Revenge
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User Reviews

A Great Surprise!
3 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading many of the reviews on here I had doubts about this movie. As I watched and the end was clearly in sight I was worried because many reviews on here said the ending was the worst part. However, in my surprised amazement it worked quite well. I liked how the movie doesn't seem to have a single plot as the movie rolls on, but I thought this is what made it great, keeping you guessing all the time.

Another great thing was the characters had very well defined personae. Each approaching the story with different views and not always doing the predictable thing.

What makes this movie even greater is the fact that it had such poor reviews because when you go to see a movie with high expectations and it doesn't live up to them it will always render a poor personal rating of the movie, but when the movie is given bad reviews or is overlooked and turns out well it seems much better.

Though the movie was quite good, it will probably have little affect on Jim Carrey's career simply because it is not his typical role and it is unlikely he will land another role like this one in a movie that is just as good.

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