The Number 23

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By on July 27, 2009

Category: 25
All Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Release Year: 2007
Country: USA
Runtime: 98
Rating: (0)
Languages: English
Director: Joel Schumacher
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS

  • The truth will find you.
  • First it takes hold of your mind…then it takes hold of your life.
  • A number is just a number. Or is it?

  • Writing by: Fernley Phillips – (written by)

    Produced by: Richard Brener – executive producer
    Mike Drake – executive producer
    Toby Emmerich – executive producer
    Linda Fields – associate producer (as Linda Fields Hill)
    Beau Flynn – producer
    Keith Goldberg – executive producer
    Fernley Phillips – co-producer
    Eli Richbourg – executive producer
    Tripp Vinson – producer
    Brooklyn Weaver – executive producer

    Cast: Jim Carrey – Walter Sparrow / Fingerling
    Virginia Madsen – Agatha Sparrow / Fabrizia
    Logan Lerman – Robin Sparrow
    Danny Huston – Isaac French / Dr. Miles Phoenix
    Lynn Collins – Suicide Blonde / Mrs. Dobkins / Young Fingerling's Mother
    Rhona Mitra – Laura Tollins
    Michelle Arthur – Sybil
    Mark Pellegrino – Kyle Flinch
    Paul Butcher – Young Fingerling / Young Walter
    David Stifel – Hotel Clerk
    Corey Stoll – Sergeant Burns

    Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
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    Plot Outline: Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.
    Plot: On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by “23,” he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth.

    Movie Quotes: Walter Sparrow: She had a face that was meant to smile.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Douglas would like to thank Joe Cronin for his help in making this film.

    Goofs: We know about 9 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Factual errors: In the film, Walter Sparrow claims that the serial killer Ted Bundy died on January 23. Ted Bundy was actually executed on January 24, 1989.

    Trivia: There are 19 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Elisabeth Shue was originally cast in the female lead, but had to decline because she was pregnant.
    • This is the 23rd project Joel Schumacher has directed.
    • 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.” 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 address of the bookstore is 599. 5+9+9=23. – Walter's room at the asylum was 318. 31-8=23. – The number of letters in “Animal Control Department” – The apartment number across from the suicide blonde's apartment (959) – 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 Walter's car add up to 23 (906 8TC, 9+0+6+8=23, 20(T)+3(C)=23) – The numbers on Issac'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 87305 = 23 (8+7+3+5) – 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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