When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writers:

Charlie Kaufman (story), Michel Gondry (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Joel Barish
Kate Winslet ... Clementine Kruczynski
Gerry Robert Byrne ... Train Conductor
Elijah Wood ... Patrick
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Frank
Mark Ruffalo ... Stan
Jane Adams ... Carrie
David Cross ... Rob
Kirsten Dunst ... Mary
Tom Wilkinson ... Dr. Mierzwiak
Ryan Whitney Ryan Whitney ... Young Joel
Debbon Ayer ... Joel's Mother
Amir Ali Said ... Young Bully
Brian Price Brian Price ... Young Bully
Paulie Litt ... Young Bully (as Paul Litowski)
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Storyline

Much to his surprise, timid Joel Barish is shocked to discover that the love of his life, sparky Clementine, has had him erased from her memory. To pay her back in the same coin, poor Joel summons up the courage to undergo a painless but intricate medical procedure to do the same, utterly unaware that darkness is an essential part of the light. Now, as hurt and angry Joel's ugly recollections of Clementine gradually fade away, giving way to a soulless black void, suddenly, he begins having second thoughts, toying with the idea of stopping the irreversible process. In the end, is ignorance really bliss? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Would you erase me? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Virtually all of the most bizarre and fascinating scenes in this movie were created with old fashioned camera, editing, lighting, and prop and set tricks. The use of digital effects was very limited. The striking kitchen scene with Joel as a child was created with an elaborate forced perspective set-up similar to some used by Peter Jackson in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. See more »

Goofs

When Clementine and Joel see each other again at the diner near the beginning of the movie, the shadow of the camera is visible off to the left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joel: [voice over] random thoughts for Valentine's day, 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits don't begin until about twenty minutes into the film and after much action and plot. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Mr. Blue Sky
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
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That's not OVERRATED!
6 August 2018 | by tariksaygiliSee all my reviews

Before the i watched this movie, everyone said it's overrated, overrated, oooooooverrated. And after these returns i thought it's overrated. WHATEVER This movie has a good story and awesome acting performance. But, most important for me: AWESOME EDITING!!! Lovely soundtrack and cool side story into the bargain! ENJOY IT!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,175,198, 21 March 2004

Gross USA:

$34,400,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,036,715
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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