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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

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A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

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Rowan Joffe

Writers:

Rowan Joffe, S.J. Watson (based on the novel by)
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Complete credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Christine
Colin Firth ... Ben
Mark Strong ... Dr. Nasch
Ben Crompton ... Warehouse Caretaker
Anne-Marie Duff ... Claire
Adam Levy ... Ben
Gabriel Strong Gabriel Strong ... Boy on Bike
Flynn MacArthur Flynn MacArthur ... Boy in Dream (as Flynn Macarthur)
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Adam
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Storyline

Forty year old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. Written by Nebzyl

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Rated R for some brutal violence and language | See all certifications »

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This movie marks Nicole's and Colin's 2nd on-screen collaboration, after The Railway Man (2013). See more »

Goofs

Claire tells Christine (while the latter is at home) that she can meet her at Greenwich Observatory and be there "in an hour". As Christine was taken to Ascot District Hospital from home, it is reasonable to assume she lives in Berkshire - and therefore would not have been able to reach Greenwich Observatory in less than an hour as she is seen waiting for Claire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine: Who are you?
Ben: I'm your husband... Ben.
Christine: What?
Ben: We got married in 1999. That was 14 years ago. Christine, you're 40.
[hands her her clothes]
Ben: You had an accident. It was a bad accident. You had head injuries. And you have problems remembering things.
Christine: What things? What...?
Ben: Everything. You store up information for a day, and when you wake up in the morning, it's all gone. You're back to your early 20s. You'll be okay. Just... trust me.
Christine: I'm scared.
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You Keep Me Hangin' On
Performed by The Supremes
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier (uncredited) and
Eddie Holland (as Holland, James Jnr)
Published by Jobete Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Solid enough, but not the best memory loss movie
30 September 2014 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

In 1995, there was a movie called "While You Were Sleeping", a romantic vehicle for Sandra Bullock, but this 2014 similarly-titled work is very different: a thriller with Nicole Kidman in the central role as Christine, a woman who suffered a serious assault years ago and now forgets everything each time she sleeps. Two men are trying to help her, husband Ben (Colin Firth) and therapist Dr Nash (Mark Strong). Like most standard thrillers, we find that our assessments of the principals swing back and forth before 'the big reveal'.

There is a sub-genre of movies involving limited memory - think "Blink", "The Bourne Identity" or "50 First Dates" to name just a few - and "Before I Go To Sleep" is not the best of them (that would be "Memento") but, if one does not think too much about the implausible narrative, this is entertaining enough, helped by good source material (the best-selling novel by S J Watson) and the solid acting (Kidman with a good English accent, Firth not as straighforwardly charming as he is usually, Strong not as as unremittingly threatening as he is so often).


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,843,347, 2 November 2014

Gross USA:

$3,242,457

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,669,776
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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