DVD 113 mins IMDB 8.6 (114,768 votes) top 250: #23
Union Generale Cinematographique (2000)
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(2002 )
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Guy Pearce Leonard Shelby
Carrie-Anne Moss Natalie
Joe Pantoliano Teddy Gammell
Russ Fega Waiter
Jorja Fox Catherine Shelby
Stephen Tobolowsky Sammy Jankis
Harriet Sansom Harris Mrs. Jankis
Thomas Lennon Doctor
Callum Keith Rennie Dodd
Mark Boone, Jr. Burt
Mark Boone Junior Burt
Kimberly Campbell Blonde
Marianne Muellerleile Tattooist
Larry Holden Jimmy
Buzz Visconti Motel Guest (uncredited)

Director Christopher Nolan
Producer Jennifer Todd; Suzanne Todd
Writer Christopher Nolan; Jonathan Nolan
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Musician David Julyan; Monc
User Credit 1 Dody Dorn
User Credit 2 Cindy Evans

A man is determined to find justice after the loss of a loved one, even though he is incapable of fully remembering the crime, in this offbeat thriller. Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal rape and murder of his wife. But Leonard's problems are different from those of most people in his situation; he was beaten severely by the same man who killed his wife. The most significant manifestation of Leonard's injuries is that his short-term memory has been destroyed; he is incapable of retaining any new information, and must resort to copious note-taking and Polaroid photographs in order to keep track of what happens to him over the course of a day (he's even tattooed himself with a few crucial bits of information he can't get along without). Leonard retains awareness that his wife was brutally murdered, however, and he's convinced that the culprit still walks the streets. Leonard is obsessed with the notion of taking revenge against the man who has ruined his life, and he sets out to find him, getting help from Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), who appears to be a sympathetic barmaid, and Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), who claims to be Leonard's friend, even though Leonard senses that he cannot be trusted. Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 043396065987
Region Region 1
Chapters 19
Release Date 9/4/2001
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Violence, language and some drug content.
User Text 2 Some memories are best forgotten
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Trivia: Christopher Nolan's white Honda Civic can be seen parked next to Leonard Shelby's Jaguar at the motel. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: As Leonard stands at Dodd's door preparing to enter, there isn't a window on his left side. Once Leonard breaks into Dodd's room, a window appears to his left. (more)

[first lines]
Leonard Shelby: [voiceover] So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room.

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 26 nominations (more)