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Vanilla Sky (2001)

A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Aames
... Sofia Serrano
... Julie Gianni
... McCabe
... Brian Shelby
... Edmund Ventura
... Thomas Tipp
... Rebecca Dearborn
... Aaron
... David's Assistant
... Colleen
... Lynette
... Emma
... Peter Brown
Jhaemi Willens ... Jamie Berliner
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Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David's party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn't sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nebo boje vanile  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,015,518, 16 December 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,614,858, 28 April 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,388,341, 28 January 2013
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Trivia

Cameron Crowe says that there are 428 references to pop culture made in the film - 429 if you include one made in error. See more »

Goofs

In the car crash scene: one shot (from inside the car) shows the car about to hit the wall, and then it switches to an exterior shot of the car, and it's halfway between the bridge and the wall. See more »

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[first lines]
Sofía: [in Spanish] Open your eyes.
Sofía: [in English] Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open you...
[David wakes up and pushes the snooze button on his alarm]
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References Lost Highway (1997) See more »

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Agaetis Byrjun
(1999)
by Orri P. Dyrason, Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson
Performed by Sigur Rós
Courtesy of Fat Cat / PIAS Recordings
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Made me think
13 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Vanilla Sky" was a wonderfully thought out movie. Or rather, "Abre Los Ojos" was well thought out. I watched that movie late one night, excited about what was to come. I wasn't disappointed. By the end of the movie, I was awstruck. I couldn't get it off my mind. The whole idea of it just blew me away. The ending, was more of a surprise than Shyamalan could ever do. The plot line was also something that kept me interesting through and through. The cast, superb. It was an all around wonderful movie. The kind of movie you can watch again and again and always find something new. I've seen it four or five times and I'm always finding something new. It's a movie to keep you interested forever.


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