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Encyclopedia > The Number 23
The Number 23
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Beau Flynn
Fernley Phillips
Tripp Vinson
Written by Fernley Phillips
Starring Jim Carrey
Virginia Madsen
Logan Lerman
Danny Huston
Mark Pellegrino
Lynn Collins
Rhona Mitra
Bud Cort
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) Flag of the United States February 23, 2007
Flag of the United Kingdom February 23, 2007
Flag of Argentina March 8, 2007
Flag of South Korea March 22, 2007
Flag of Thailand April 13, 2007
Flag of Australia April 25, 2007
Running time Netherlands: 98 min (theatrical version) / USA: 95 min
Language English
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The Number 23 is a suspense film starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Danny Huston, directed by Joel Schumacher. It was released on February 23, 2007 and was released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK). The plot involves an obsession with the 23 Enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23. This film is the second one pairing Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. The Number 23 is director Joel Schumacher’s 23rd TV-film project. This is also Carrey's first thriller. The motion picture premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008 (4+19=23). Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... 23 (twenty-three) is the natural number following 22 and preceding 24. ... 23 is a 1998 German movie about a young hacker Karl Koch, who supposedly committed suicide on May 23, 1989. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x740, 66 KB) Movie poster for the 2007 film The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Logan Wade Lerman (born January 19, 1992) is an American actor. ... Danny Huston is a Hollywood film director, the brother of actress Anjelica Huston, the son of legendary director John Huston, and the grandson of Academy Award-winning actor Walter Huston. ... Mark Pellegrino (b. ... Lynn Collins (born June 1, 1979) is an American actress. ... Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976) is an English actress. ... Harold and Maude, 1971 Bud Cort (born Walter Edward Cox on March 29, 1948) is an American film and stage actor, writer, and director. ... New Line redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Thailand. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Danny Huston is a Hollywood film director, the brother of actress Anjelica Huston, the son of legendary director John Huston, and the grandson of Academy Award-winning actor Walter Huston. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The number 23 appears in the practice of numerology. ... The number 23 appears in the practice of numerology. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot

Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey) is an animal control officer married to cake shop owner, Agatha (Virginia Madsen); they have a son, Robin (Logan Lerman). The film opens with Walter narrating the events of his recent birthday. He begins by describing how, when it was almost five o'clock, he received a call to catch a dog. The dog had been cornered in the basement of a Chinese restaurant, and gave chase when Walter approached. Walter eventually cornered the dog, and noticed the dog's name was Ned. James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... An animal control officer may be an employee of a municipality, is an employee of, or a contractor to, a municipality, is charged with the responsibility of responding to calls for service ranging from stray animals to investigations of animal cruelty and dogfighting, and bringing them to a compound or... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Logan Wade Lerman (born January 19, 1992) is an American actor. ... The American Bulldog is a breed of working dog developed for catching livestock and for protecting property. ...


Walter is late meeting his wife and while she is waiting, she enters a bookstore called "A Novel Fate". In the store, she leafs through a book titled The Number 23 written by Topsy Kretts. When Walter finally arrives, Agatha announces that she is going to buy the book for him, as it is his birthday.

Lynn Collins as Isobel Lydia Hunt aka The Suicide Blonde

Once home, Walter starts reading the book, finding what he takes to be odd similarities between himself and the main character, a detective only known as "Fingerling". The main character in the paperback explains that he got the name Fingerling from an obscure children's book, one that to Walter's surprise he had also owned and enjoyed as a child. Also of note, the book details Fingerling's meeting with the "Suicide Blonde" whose obsession with the number 23 drives her to murder her boyfriend and commit suicide. In the novel, her explanations and calculations of almost everything — including names, birth dates, and colors — all adding up to 23, drive her insane. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Lynn Collins (born June 1, 1979) is an American actress. ... Fingerling (Pinkeltje in Dutch) is a fictional character who appears in 29 books by Dutch author Dick Laan (1894-1973) and one book from the movie where stories were rewritten by Harrie Geelen. ...


Walter takes the book back to the bookstore and learns it was self-published and self-printed, and that, according to the apathetic store clerk, the author, Topsy Kretts, never released any other books.


Walter's continued paranoia causes him to have dreams of killing Agatha, again in parallel with the book. After one such vivid dream he drives off in the middle of the night, leaving a note saying that he has to clear his head. Walter winds up in King Edward Hotel and requests room 23. The King Edward Hotel is an historic hotel in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. ...


Walter spends the evening finishing the book only to discover that the book stops on chapter 22 with Fingerling on a balcony trying to decide whether or not to jump, after murdering his lover, Fabrizia.


Walter finds a newspaper article about the murder of 23 year old college student Laura Tollins by her psychology professor with whom she was having sexual relations, the circumstances of the murder of Laura Tollins almost exactly the same as the murders in the Number 23 book. Walter thinks the professor wrote the book as a confession and goes to see him in jail, yet the visit yields nothing. The man proclaims his innocence of the murder and of being the author.


Robin finds a P.O. Box address hidden in the back of the book and they send 23 boxes filled with packing peanuts to it, hoping to draw out the book's author. They wait for Topsy Kretts, who, upon being confronted by Walter, becomes panicked, proclaims Walter should be dead and slits his own throat. Inside the man's pockets, Agatha finds an ID card belonging to a mental institution, showing that the man is Dr. Sirius Leary and tells Walter nothing of it. She goes to the abandoned institute and finds Leary's old office. In a cell covered in calculations of the number 23, she finds an old box with what appears to be Walter's name on it and the case number 85307.


Meanwhile, Robin and Walter, who have been examining the book, discover that every 23rd word on every 23rd page spells out two messages which lead them to "Casanova's Park." They arrive at "Casanova's Park" late that night, and going down the staircase marked "The Steps to Heaven," they realize that there are 23 of them. At the bottom, they dig deep in the ground and discover the remains of a human skeleton, presumably Laura Tollins', but when they return with a police officer, the bones have disappeared. Agatha arrives with Dr. French, only raising Walter's hackles more, and they return home. On the way, they encounter Ned sitting in the road. Walter accelerates, intending to kill him, but stops at the last second when Agatha grabs his arm, her fingers stained with dirt.


As Agatha washes her dirt-stained hands at their home, Walter confronts her about taking the bones and accuses her of writing the book. She admits to moving the skeleton to protect him and tells Walter that, in fact, it was he who wrote the book, and shows him the contents of the box from the Institute. In the box there are detective comics, the manuscript of The Number 23 with Walter's name on it and a saxophone, the instrument Fingerling played in the book. Also in the box is a ankle bracelet that belonged to Laura Tollins.


He returns to the hotel room where he tears down the wallpaper and finds almost everything possible that adds up to 23 written all over the wall. Walter begins to remember why he did everything: his father killed himself after Walter's mother's death (With what seems to be a Walther PPK). His suicide note was just pages of things that added up to the number 23. Walter loved Laura Tollins, a woman he went to college with, and grew obsessed with 23 because of his father. Laura eventually began sleeping with her professor and when Walter confronted her about this, declared that she never loved him. He went into a rage, stabbing her and burying her in the park. Ned observed him burying Laura. Like the character in the book, the professor was the first to walk into the room where Laura was killed, and he picked up the knife, covering the weapon with his fingerprints, and staining his hands with blood. With this, he was subsequently arrested for the murder. Walter then went into the hotel room, wrote the book, everything that adds to 23 on the walls, floor and every other part of the room, and then jumped off the balcony. He survived but suffered severe injuries and trauma, which required intense therapy. Walter then ended up in the institute where Dr. Leary worked. Dr. Leary read the manuscript and, after publishing it, becomes obsessed with the number 23 himself. Because of the fall, Walter suffered memory loss, forgetting that he killed Laura and upon leaving the institute he met Agatha. Walter writes the 23rd chapter of the book, stating his real name, and confessing everything as it actually happened.


Walter now turns himself in, thereby freeing the professor and finally relieving his conscience. Laura Tollins' body is finally interred at the cemetery, at rest, and her professor is set free. Ned the dog is present at the funeral, and it is interesting to note that earlier the priest mentioned his nickname, "guardian of the dead." According to Walter's lawyer, the judge may lighten his sentence in view of the fact that Walter turned himself in. Though entering prison, Walter Sparrow seems optimistic about himself and his family's future, having taught his son about "justice."


At the end of the movie you see the Bible reading from Numbers 32:23 "Be sure that your sins will find you out."


Cast

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Logan Wade Lerman (born January 19, 1992) is an American actor. ... Danny Huston is a Hollywood film director, the brother of actress Anjelica Huston, the son of legendary director John Huston, and the grandson of Academy Award-winning actor Walter Huston. ... Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976) is an English actress. ... Mark Pellegrino (b. ... Paul Matthew Hawke Butcher[1] (born February 14, 1994) is an American actor. ... Lynn Collins (born June 1, 1979) is an American actress. ... Harold and Maude, 1971 Bud Cort (born Walter Edward Cox on March 29, 1948) is an American film and stage actor, writer, and director. ... Thomas Lenk (born June 16, 1976) is an actor best known for playing the character of Andrew Wells in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Bob Zmuda is an American writer, comedian, producer, and director. ...

Reception

The film has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, with an average rating of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] Of the few critics who liked the film, Richard Roeper and critic George Pennachio of KABC-TV in Los Angeles stand out, as they gave the film a "two thumbs up" rating on the television show Ebert & Roeper (Pennachio was standing in for Roger Ebert due to Ebert's recent illness). [2] However, Michael Phillips, filling in for Ebert on the Worst of 2007 show (aired January 12, 2008) put 23 at No. 9 in his list of the worst (Roeper did not include it in his list). Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone) declared the film the year's Worst Star Vehicle on his list of the Worst Movies of 2007.[3] Star Jim Carrey was nominated for the 2008 Razzie Award for Worst Actor, for his performance. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Richard Roeper (born October 17, 1959)[1] is a columnist/film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and, since September of 2000, has co-hosted the television series At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper with fellow film critic Roger Ebert. ... KABC-TV, channel 7, is an owned-and-operated television station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, licensed to Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper is a movie review television program featuring film critic Roger Ebert and columnist Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Michael Phillips is a film critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. ... Peter Travers is the film critic for Rolling Stone magazine. ... This article is about the magazine. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... The Razzie Award for Worst Actor was an honor given out at the Golden Raspberry Awards to the worst actor of the previous year. ...


Gross revenue

The films grossed about $35 million at the box office. The film also made $24 million in DVD rentals. As of January 21, 2008, the film has grossed $76,700,017.


DVD release

The film was released on Region 1 DVD on July 24, 2007. It includes deleted scenes, such as a much more abstract alternate opening somewhat redolent of the opening of The Double Life of Véronique, and an alternate ending that gives a few more details about Walter's prison sentence and hints at the possibility that the son could be subject to the same obsessions as his father. The disc also includes interviews with mathematicians, psychologists and numerologists. The DVD shows the film over a set of 23 chapters. As of August 26, 2007 "The Number 23" has generated about $26 million from DVD rental gross. La Double vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Véronique; Polish title, Podwójne życie Weroniki) is a 1991 French- and Polish-language film directed by Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski, co-written by KieÅ›lowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, starring Irène Jacob, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. ...


See also

23 is a 1998 German movie about a young hacker Karl Koch, who supposedly committed suicide on May 23, 1989. ... The number 23 appears in the practice of numerology. ... π (or Pi) is a 1998 American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. ... Retrograde amnesia is a form of amnesia where someone will be unable to recall events that occurred before the onset of amnesia. ... The Machinist (also known as El Maquinista) is an English-language Spanish psychological thriller film that was released in 2004. ...

References

  1. ^ The Number 23, rottentomatoes.com, accessed March 25, 2007.
  2. ^ Ebert & Roeper, air date February 24, 2007.
  3. ^ Travers, Peter, (December 19, 2007) "Peter Travers' Best and Worst Movies of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-20

is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • The Number 23 Official Movie Site
  • The Number 23 at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Number 23 on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Soundtrack Review at Tracksounds

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