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

Theatrical version fact track - Explore the numerological world of the movie, the cast and the creative team with enjoyment enhancing pop-up factoids and video segments as you watch; Additional scenes including alternate opening and ending; Theatrical version commentary by director Joel Schumacher; 4 fascinating featurettes: Creating the world Fingerling, How to Do Your Numbers, the Making of the Number 23 and the 23 Enigma (in high definition); Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 794043131561
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 32,123

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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Average Rating 4.5
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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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