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Memento Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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, Rovi

  • Release date:September 5, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
American Film Institute Jennifer Todd Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jonathan Nolan Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Suzanne Todd Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Wally Pfister Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Carrie-Anne Moss Best Supporting Actress 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Christopher Nolan Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Christopher Nolan Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Christopher Nolan Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Christopher Nolan Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Christopher Nolan Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Christopher Nolan Best Director 2001 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Christopher Nolan Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award 2001 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Christopher Nolan Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Christopher Nolan Best Director 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Nolan Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Dody Dorn Best Editing 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dody Dorn Best Editing 2001 Nominee

Crew

Christopher Nolan
Director
Jennifer Todd
Producer
Suzanne Todd
Producer
Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter
Jonathan Nolan
Screen Story
Wally Pfister
Cinematographer
David Julyan
Composer (Music Score)
Dody Dorn
Editor
Patti Podesta
Production Designer
Elaine Dysinger
Co-producer
Emma Thomas
Associate Producer
Aaron Ryder
Executive Producer
Danielle Berman
Set Designer
Cindy Evans
Costume Designer
John Papsidera
Casting
William Tyrer
Co-Executive Producer
Chris J. Ball
Co-Executive Producer
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