The Number 23

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Overview

Upon acquiring a mysterious book in which the number 23 seems to take on powerful cosmic significance, a once-sane man gradually becomes obsessed with the idea that the frequently recurring number may in fact hold a deadly secret in this intense mystery-thriller starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, and directed by Joel Schumacher. Walter Sparrow Carrey is a middle-aged dogcatcher whose wife Agatha Madsen has bestowed him with an obscure mystery novel detailing the investigation launched by a tough-talking ...
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Overview

Upon acquiring a mysterious book in which the number 23 seems to take on powerful cosmic significance, a once-sane man gradually becomes obsessed with the idea that the frequently recurring number may in fact hold a deadly secret in this intense mystery-thriller starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, and directed by Joel Schumacher. Walter Sparrow Carrey is a middle-aged dogcatcher whose wife Agatha Madsen has bestowed him with an obscure mystery novel detailing the investigation launched by a tough-talking gumshoe named Fingerling also Carrey whose every move seems to be overshadowed by the enigmatic eponymous number. After noting a series of alarming parallels shared between the fictional detective and himself, Walter is quickly drawn in to the story as the hard-boiled private investigator murders raven-wigged moll Fabrizia also Madsen and pins the crime on her unsuspecting lover Danny Huston. Back in the real world, fiction seems to merge with reality as Walter and Agatha's close friend Isaac also Huston begins to ingratiate himself ever deeper into the couple's relationship and Walter begins experiencing a gruesome series of visions in which he violently murders an unfaithful Agatha. His mind fast descending into a dark and violent whirlwind of madness, Walter enlists the aid of Agatha and the pair's adolescent son Robin Logan Lerman in seeking out the author of the mysterious tome and uncovering the sinister truth behind the so-called "23 enigma."
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Special Features

Includes both unrated and theatrical versions of the film; 16 deleted scenes including an alternate ending; Behind-the-scenes featurettes; And much more!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • UPC: 794043106880
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored
  • Time: 3:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,342

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Walter Sparrow, Fingerling
Virginia Madsen Agatha Sparrow, Fabrizia
Logan Lerman Robin Sparrow
Danny Huston Isaac French, Dr. Miles Phoenix
Rhona Mitra
Lynn Collins
Mark Pellegrino
Michelle Arthur
Paul Butcher
Ed Lauter
Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
David Barbee Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Billington Art Director
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Mike Drake Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Linda Fields-Hill Associate Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Beau Flynn Producer
Keith Goldberg Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Bradley C. Katona Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Fernley Phillips Co-producer, Screenwriter
Eli Richbourg Executive Producer
Stephen P. Robinson Sound/Sound Designer
David Sandefur Art Director
Mark Stevens Editor
Tripp Vinson Producer
Brooklyn Weaver Executive Producer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Number 23
   Play Movie
      Theatrical Version
      Unrated Version
   InfiniFilm
      What is InfiniFilm?
      Play InfiniFilm Theatrical Version Only
      InfiniFilm Select a Scene
         Main Titles
         The Christmas Party: Flashback to When it Began...
         Meet Ned: Walter Encounters Ned the Dog for the First Time
         A Novel Fate: The Number 23 Finds Agatha
         You Can Call Me Fingerling: Walter Becomes Engrossed in the Novel
         Fingerling's Childhood: A Trip Into Fingerling's Past
         Fabrizia: Fingerling Meets His Femme Fatale
         The Suicide Blonde: Fingerling Encounters a Mysterious Woman...and the Number 23
         It's All 23: Walter Discovers His Connection to the Number 23
         Dr. Isaac: A "Family Friend" Explains the 23 Enigma to Walter
         Dr. Phoenix: Dr. Phoenix Puts Fingerling on "Emotional Leave"
         11:12PM: Murderous Nightmares Keep Walter Awake
         Room 23: Walter Finishes the Book at the King Edward Hotel
         Laura Tollins: Walter Encounters a Mystery About a Girl and the Number 23
         23 Boxes: Walter and Robin Set a Trap for the Author of the Book
         Every 23rd Word: Walter and Robin Discover a Hidden Message in the Book
         The Steps to Heaven: Walter and Robin Uncover Something Beneath the Steps to Heaven
         Walter Confronts Agatha: The Past Begins to Unravel
         Chapter 23: Walter Discovers the Final Chapter of the Book
         Writing the Book: Secrets of the Past are Revealed
         Final Revelations: The Mystery of the Book is Solved
         Redemption: The End of a Chapter and a New Beginning
         End Credits
      InfiniFilm Features
         All Access Pass
            Deleted/Alternate Scenes
               Play All
               Alternate Opening (1:50)
               Walter Chases Ned (:19)
               Nathaniel's Institute (1:22)
               Walter in Bedroom With Book (:51)
               Engine Problems (:45)
               Spying on the Suicide Blonde (1:08)
               More Engine Problems (:27)
               Emptry Truck (:15)
               Happy Birthday From the Suicide Blonde (:35)
               Alternate Bookstore Clerk Scene (1:00)
               Emotional Leave (1:25)
               Fingerling Finds Note (1:15)
               The Police Sergeant (:52)
               Robin Asks About Mailbox (:30)
               Laura and Kyle Buy Knife (:15)
               Alternate Ending (1:05)
            Feature Commentary Theatrical Version Only
            The Making of the Number 23 (22:17)
            Creating the World of Fingerling (11:08)
            Trailers
               Theatrical Trailer (2:20)
               Sneak Peeks
         Beyond the Movie
            The 23 Enigman (25:00)
            How to Find Your Life Path Numbers
               Play All
               Introduction
               Calculating Your Number
               Number Summaries: 1
               Number Summaries: 2
               Number Summaries: 3
               Number Summaries: 4
               Number Summaries: 5
               Number Summaries: 6
               Number Summaries: 7
               Number Summaries: 8
               Number Summaries: 9
               Natural Matches
            Fact Tract Theatrical Version Only
   Select a Scene
      Main Titles
      The Christmas Party: Flashback to When it Began...
      Meet Ned: Walter Encounters Ned the Dog for the First Time
      A Novel Fate: The Number 23 Finds Agatha
      You Can Call Me Fingerling: Walter Becomes Engrossed in the Novel
      Fingerling's Childhood: A Trip Into Fingerling's Past
      Fabrizia: Fingerling Meets His Femme Fatale
      The Suicide Blonde: Fingerling Encounters a Mysterious Woman...and the Number 23
      It's All 23: Walter Discovers His Connection to the Number 23
      Dr. Isaac: A "Family Friend" Explains the 23 Enigma to Walter
      Dr. Phoenix: Dr. Phoenix Puts Fingerling on "Emotional Leave"
      11:12PM: Murderous Nightmares Keep Walter Awake
      Room 23: Walter Finishes the Book at the King Edward Hotel
      Laura Tollins: Walter Encounters a Mystery About a Girl and the Number 23
      23 Boxes: Walter and Robin Set a Trap for the Author of the Book
      Every 23rd Word: Walter and Robin Discover a Hidden Message in the Book
      The Steps to Heaven: Walter and Robin Uncover Something Beneath the Steps to Heaven
      Walter Confronts Agatha: The Past Begins to Unravel
      Chapter 23: Walter Discovers the Final Chapter of the Book
      Writing the Book: Secrets of the Past are Revealed
      Final Revelations: The Mystery of the Book is Solved
      Redemption: The End of a Chapter and a New Beginning
      End Credits
   Set Up Options
      Screen: Color Bars
      Screen: Color Bars - Info
      Screen: Widescrenn
      Sound - Info
      Dolby Digital 5.1 EX Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
   Credits
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Numerology - Danger, Intrigue, Obsession

    They say it is just a number. They say it doesn't mean anything, but for Walter Sparrow, the number 23 quickly becomes his whole world and he begins seeing it in everything he sets his eyes on.

    At first things appear to be mere coincidence-the numerical value of his name (23), his birthday (2/3), but as time goes on, the number seems to take on a life of its own and leads him down a pathway to darkness and psychosis.

    Jim Carrey stars as Walter Sparrow in this Joel Schumacher-directed flick and once again Carrey proves he's more than just a goofball actor. Carrey plays the serious role well. He blew me away in Man on the Moon. I loved him in Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. If anything, I prefer him in his more dramatic roles than playing the funny man.

    Virginia Madsen did an excellent job portraying Sparrow's wife. The unconditional love she had for her husband was in every scene even when things got crazy.

    My first reaction as to how it all wrapped up left me wanting more, then, after thinking about it prior to writing this review, the way it all came together in the end worked perfectly.

    This is a movie for those who enjoy intrigue, the hidden threads of Reality and how exploring those threads leads a person down the dangerous and dark path of obsession and skewed perception of the world around them.

    Numerology, which plays a part in the Reality you and I live in, is dangerous and this movie shows why. Though this was a work of fiction, the dangers of getting into numerology are real. It has the potential to control you. Be careful.

    The only reason for the lower rating was because, despite its detailed plot, I still felt I was only getting part of the story and not a deep submergence into Sparrow's psyche.

    Language warning: Cursing and blasphemy

    Content: Contains nudity

    A.P. Fuchs
    Canister X

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Number 23

    The Number 23 was a mind twisting, spellbinding, and absolutely magnificent movie! It will capture you from the very beginning, and keep you on your toes all throughout the movie. Jim Carrey's performance is one of the best I have seen from him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better then I had expected

    While I was interested in seeing this movie just from a preview I will admit that I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. A great storyline and Jim Carrey pulled both roles off seamlessly. Worthy of a watch at minimum!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A clever and beautiful thriller

    Jim Carrey plays dual roles in this interesting thriller directed by Joel Schumacher. In real life he is William Sparrow- loving husband, great father, dog catcher. When he finds a mysterious book called "The Number 23" in a used book store, the main character in the book seems to be mimicking Will's life. As Will reads the book, he imagines himself as it's main character FINGERLING (Hense the dual roles). This interesting approach to film- making made the movie seem like two individual films (in a good way). Virginia Madsen gives another great performance as well. If you enjoy films about mind games, detective noir, and paranoia, this is definitely for you.

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