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Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.

  1. Christopher Nolan

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jonathan Nolan


Top Billed Cast

  1. Guy Pearce

    Guy Pearce


  2. Carrie-Anne Moss

    Carrie-Anne Moss


  3. Joe Pantoliano

    Joe Pantoliano

    Teddy Gammell

  4. Mark Boone Junior

    Mark Boone Junior


  5. Russ Fega

    Russ Fega


  6. Jorja Fox

    Jorja Fox

    Leonard's Wife

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 53m

Budget $9,000,000.00

Revenue $39,723,096.00


Release Information

  • March 16, 2001
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

We all lie to ourselves to be happy.

It's not until a film like Memento comes along, or that you personally have to deal with someone close who suffers a form of this subject to hand, that you get jolted to remember just how your memory is such a prized and treasured thing - and crucially that it's one of your key safety devices.

Christopher and Jonathan Nolan crafted one of the best films of 2000 based on those facets of the human condition. Their protagonist is Leonard Shelby, played with stupendous believability by Guy Pearce, who is suffering from a memory amnesia caused by a trauma t... read the rest.

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