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Vanilla Sky (2001)

A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

Director:

Cameron Crowe

Writers:

Alejandro Amenábar (film "Abre Los Ojos"), Mateo Gil (film "Abre Los Ojos") | 1 more credit »
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1,501 ( 3)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... David Aames
Penélope Cruz ... Sofia Serrano
Cameron Diaz ... Julie Gianni
Kurt Russell ... McCabe
Jason Lee ... Brian Shelby
Noah Taylor ... Edmund Ventura
Timothy Spall ... Thomas Tipp
Tilda Swinton ... Rebecca Dearborn
Michael Shannon ... Aaron
Delaina Mitchell ... David's Assistant
Shalom Harlow ... Colleen
Oona Hart ... Lynette
Ivana Milicevic ... Emma
Johnny Galecki ... Peter Brown
Jhaemi Willens Jhaemi Willens ... Jamie Berliner
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Storyline

Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David's party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn't sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Is your subconscious your conscious; is your conscious your subconscious? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the very beginning of the film, a whispering voice is heard: "Abre los ojos" (Spanish for "Open your eyes".) Vanilla Sky is a remake of a Spanish film titled Open Your Eyes (1997). See more »

Goofs

Because of the way the story is set up, where David gets away from the cop who's minding him the audience should only be able to see and hear things that David could see and hear. But after he jumps into the elevator and the doors close in the pursuing cop's face, there is a very brief scene outside the elevator in which the cop pounds the closed doors in frustration and then hits the call buttons on the wall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sofía: [in Spanish] Open your eyes.
Sofía: [in English] Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open you...
[David wakes up and pushes the snooze button on his alarm]
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to Conan O'Brien and all at Late Night. See more »

Alternate Versions

Three parts from the quick montage at the end of the film suggest scenes cut from the final film: two frames from a scene that was in "Abre Los Ojos" (upon which "Vanilla Sky" was based) where David shoots a police officer in front of the L.E. building, a frame of David and Sofia on a bed where Sofia is wearing a bathrobe (she never wore a bathrobe in the film), and a frame set in David's company where David is a kid, sitting on a couch, and a man (possibly Thomas Tipp) is talking to him). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Waking Up (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetness Follows
(1992)
by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
Performed by R.E.M.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Much maligned classic
3 July 2020 | by michael-dawes5See all my reviews

A great version of the original . Bitter sweet , beautifully filmed , full of melancholy

The best thing about this film is the soundtrack , I got it when it came out because it has a new version of R.E.M's 'All the right friends' and I love that they use 'Sweetness Follows' . It just seems that films around this period really used songs well , similar to 'Cruel Intentions' in this respect

It's much maligned for some reason , but it's a visual feast and full of emotion with fantastic performances, especially from the female leads , Diaz and Cruz


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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanilla Sky See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,015,518, 16 December 2001

Gross USA:

$100,618,344

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,388,341
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (alternate ending)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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