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.

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  1. Christopher Nolan

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jonathan Nolan


Top Billed Cast

  1. Guy Pearce

    Guy Pearce


  2. Joe Pantoliano

    Joe Pantoliano

    Teddy Gammell

  3. Carrie-Anne Moss

    Carrie-Anne Moss


  4. Stephen Tobolowsky

    Stephen Tobolowsky


  5. Harriet Sansom Harris

    Harriet Sansom Harris

    Mrs. Jankis

  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

Homepage http://www.otnemem.com/

Release Information

  • March 16, 2001
    R, Theatrical



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