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The Number 23 (2007) Poster

(2007)

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Jim Carrey claims to have been obsessed with The Number 23 long before being a part of the movie. His production company is called JC 23 Entertainment. It was coincidence that his father was an accountant and he played the saxophone, like his character in the movie.
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Jim Carrey was paid exactly $23 million to act in this movie.
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This is the 23rd project Joel Schumacher has directed.
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The plot is largely based on the philosophical writings of William S. Burroughs, who came to believe that the number 23 held mystical significance after encountering it during significant moments in his life. Burroughs eventually wrote the screenplay "The Last Words of Dutch Schultz" around this concept, in which he used the deathbed ramblings of mobster Dutch Schultz as a springboard for telling a story based around Schultz's life - which, in Burrough's vision, revolved around recurrences of the number 23.
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The DVD contains exactly 23 chapters.
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(at around 48 mins) The telephone number for the King Edward Hotel (which is printed on the room keys) is 555-1232. Not only is there a 23 and a 32 (a reverse 23) in the second half of the number, but 5+5+5+1+2+3+2 is equal to 23.
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At the time of his death, director Joel Schumacher made 23 theatrical films.
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The DVD length is 1:41:08. 14+1+8=23.
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Other instances of the number 23 connected (sometimes very tenuously) with the movie:
  • The last time Jim Carrey and Joel Schumacher worked together was in Batman Forever (1995). In that film, Carrey's character (the Riddler) also showed an obsession for numbers, which he used to represent letters of the alphabet in his riddles. The numbers were 1, 8, and 5. Batman figured out that 1 and 8 were meant to be 18. 18 + 5 = 23.
  • The number 23 is a W, and in "Batman Forever" there is a scene of Carrey underneath a W (the gate outside Wayne Manor).
  • The dog in the movie is named NED. N is the 14th letter of the alphabet; E is the fifth; and D is the fourth. 14 + 5 + 4 = 23.
  • The numbers on Isaac's car is 023 5HJ, H is the eight letter in the alphabet and J is the tenth, 5 + 8(H) + 10(J) = 23.
  • The store front numbers that Fingerling is standing in front of while watching Fabrizia & Phoenix add to 23 (12, and 110).
  • The film was released in the US on February 23, 2007.
  • The number of Walter Sparrow's footlocker 85307 = 23 (8+5+3+7).
  • The PO Box that Carrey and his family mail the boxes to is "P.O.Box 977". 9+7+7=23.
  • His birthday is February the 3rd, 2/3, 23.
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(at around 41 mins) Walter Sparrow makes a connection for the Oklahoma bombing and the number 23 (the bombing took place on 19 April (4/19) 4+19=23. The al-Qaeda terrorist attacks took place on 9/11/2001 (9+11+2+0+0+1=23).
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Danny Houston says of the book, "Of course there are far too few books where the main character plays the saxophone." He went on to play the Axeman, a jazz saxophonist, in American Horror Story: Coven
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There are 23 coincidences at the beginning of the movie
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The number of letters in the 2 main actors names (Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen) is 23. (Elisabeth Shue was originally cast in the female lead, but had to decline because she was pregnant, so the part went to Madsen.)
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The hotel in the movie was The King Edward Hotel. King Edward VIII was born on June 23, 1894. In real life, the King Edward is near Jim Carrey's hometown of Newmarket, ON.
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(at around 23 mins) The apartment across from the suicide blonde is 959. 9+5+9=23.
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(at around 9 mins) When we first see the book "The Number 23" in the bookshop where Agatha buys it, the book is on the shelf facing out, not tucked in between any books. Because of this, 23 books are visible on the shelf behind it.
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IMDB list this movie as "The Number 23 (2007). 2+3+2+0+0+7=14, there are 9 letters in "The Number". 14+9=23.
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In several countries this movie premiered 23 of March 2007.
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(at around 9 mins) The address number of the store where Agatha Sparrow finds the book is 599. 5 + 9 + 9 = 23.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) The park has a sign that states "The Steps to Heaven - Dedicated June 9, 1931". The numbers add up 23.
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Under "Nathaniel's Institute" on the wall placard, "Psychiatric Care Facility" contains 23 letters. On the side of the van, "Animal Control Department" contains 23 letters.
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The film came out on DVD in the UK on July 23rd 2007
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The car Walter drives is a 1976 International Harvester Scout II. 1+9+7+6=23.
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The author of the book's 'name' was Topsy Kretts which, if pronounced quickly, sounds like 'Top Secrets'
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Jim Carrey's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #15.33 (2007) to promote the film on 2/15/2007, Carrey explains the premise of the movie at 12:11 AM EST. 12+11=23.
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The names Jim Carrey and Joel Schumacher add up to 23 letters.
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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.
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The main character, Sparrow, had an obsession with the saxophone. The standard, student sax has 23 keys without the neck. But, with the neck, which one needs to play the sax, the student sax has 24 keys. Nowadays student saxes come with an added high F# key, so they have 25.
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(at around 48 mins) When Walter first drives to the King Edward Hotel the 'O' and the 'T' of the 'Hotel' are broken, however, the 'H', 'E' and 'L' are lit up. 2 unlit letters and 3 lit letters. 2 and 3 = 23.
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(at around 1h 5 mins) The office Agatha Sparrow visits is number 318, 31 - 8 = 23.
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The end credit song "The banality of evil" was written by composer David Sylvian. Sylvian was born on February 23 1958 (1+9+5+8= 23). The song features a long and almost "desperate" saxophone solo: saxophone is the instrument Fingerling/Sparrow plays throughout the movie.
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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.
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(at around 32 mins) Walter Sparrow asks his wife why she choose that specific color of red to paint the wall. The color is RED #5: R=18, E=5, D=4, 18+5+4 = 27 + 5 = 32, which is 23 backwards. He goes on to make other connections to the numbers 23 and 32 during that minute of the movie.
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110, 6 in binary (4+2+0), is the address of the Lucky Pawn Shop that Fingerling is standing in front of as he looks at Dr. Phoenix on the ground. It is found in other places too (like in one of the numbers the "Suicide Blond" wrote: 110/66/63).
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The hospital where Walter was rehabilitated after his suicide attempt and granted a new lease on life is the Nathaniel Institute, from the biblical name meaning "Gift of God".
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The doctor at the mental hospital who helped rehabilitate Walter (and later went mad) is named "Sirius Leary", which means "Dog, Beware" (or, when reversed, "Beware the Dog") an obvious reference to Ned, who physically attacks Walter and directs him to his past crimes.
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(at around 48 mins) When first seeing the sign for King Edward Hotel, the "O" and "T" lights are out. "O" is number 15, and "T" is 20. 1+5=6 divided by 2 (The number of blacked out letters) equals 3, 3+20=23. However by the end of the movie, the all letters are fully lit.
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Robert De Niro turned down the role of Walter Sparrow/Fingerling.
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Life gave Walter a second chance to live with a family of three.
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Issac French explains that the number 23 is considered evil because 2 divided by 3 results in .666...6666 etc. (which would actually be shortened to .667, if we're going to three decimal places).
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Around the 8:03 mark: "Agatha's Cake Shop's" street number is 6+9+8=23.
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At 1:03:25 mark, there's a yellow sheet on a wall with the price 5.99. All numbers added to result in 23.
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In the film, Walter/Fingerling witnesses four suicides. Jonathan Brandis, whose Pacific Bell commercial was used in the box office smash Dumb & Dumber (1994) starring Carrey, was found dead from suicide by hanging on November 12th, 2003. 11+12 = 23.
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A character played by an uncredited Bud Cort commits suicide by slashing his own throat. Charles Rocket, a co-star of Jim Carrey's in Earth Girls Are Easy and Dumb & Dumber, is reported to have killed himself the exact same way on October 7th, 2005. However if you convert that date to an additional problem the sum is 24, not 23.
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Lesli Margherita's debut.
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Jim Carrey's birthday is 6 days before January 23rd.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sparrow writes his book in King Edward Hotel. On the sign, the letters "OT" are flashing. Adding these together adds up to 35. "King" (K+I+N+G) = 41, and "EDWARD" (E+D+W+A+R+D) =55. Adding these numbers individually (3+5+4+1+5+5) = 23.
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Actress Virginia Madsen and actor Danny Huston, both starring in this film, were once married in real life.
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The note Walter (Jim Carrey) leaves for Agatha (Virginia Madsen) before he leaves to spend the night at the King Edward Hotel contains 23 words - "Ag, I don't want you to be worried. I just need one night to clear my head. Please don't give up on me."
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(at around 1:23 mins) Walter Sparrow rents out the 23rd room at the King Edward Hotel and begins writing the pages and chapters of what would become the book "The Number 23".
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(at around 1:22 mins) Walter Sparrow stabs and murders his girlfriend Laura Tollins and then the scene cuts to him burying her body at the base of the 23rd step of the "Steps to Heaven" in Casanova's Park. The time stamp 1:22 mins adds up to 23.
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At the end, at Laura Tollins' grave, the pastor is reading from the Bible: the passage is the beginning of Psalm 23.
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