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Overview

A remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several discarded titles for his previous, Oscar-winning film Almost Famous (2000). Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend Sofia (Penelope Cruz, reprising her role from the original film). Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie (Cameron Diaz), who ...
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Overview

A remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several discarded titles for his previous, Oscar-winning film Almost Famous (2000). Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend Sofia (Penelope Cruz, reprising her role from the original film). Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie (Cameron Diaz), who turns out to be suicidal. Driving her car off a bridge, Julie kills herself and horribly disfigures David. Reconstructive surgery and the loving support of Sofia seem to reverse David's luck, but eerie incidents are soon making him question the reality of his existence and his control over his life, even while he is suspected of complicity in Julie's death. Vanilla Sky (2001) bears the expected Crowe trademark of an obsession with recent pop culture and particularly rock music, a more important element of the remake than the original film. That project's writer/director, Alejandro Amenabar, crafted his own supernatural hit the same year with The Others (2001), starring Nicole Kidman, the soon-to-be-ex-wife of Cruise.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Audacious, dazzling, and even surrealistic, Vanilla Sky begins as a rather conventional erotic thriller but in fairly short order becomes something unclassifiable -- which probably explains the allure of this hypnotically compelling film. And talk about perfect casting: Tom Cruise plays a rich, handsome, self-assured publishing executive as though he were to the manor born, blithely dismissing underlings hither and yon while romancing leggy seductress Cameron Diaz. He’s a guy who has it all, knows it, and enjoys it. Then along comes Penelope Cruz, the winsome Spanish beauty who sweeps him off his feet and sends Diaz into a murderous rage that results in grotesque disfigurement for the pretty-boy publisher. The Cruise character goes into a tailspin, but for us to reveal more would be doing a grave disservice to director Cameron Crowe Almost Famous, whose imaginative treatment makes Vanilla Sky virtually unique among mainstream Hollywood movies. Inspired by Open Your Eyes, the 1998 art-house hit from Spain which featured Cruz in the same role Vanilla Sky is a cinematically ambitious magic-carpet ride that besieges the senses with amazing sights and sounds. The narrative just barely restrains Crowe's creative flights of fancy; indeed, at times the story line seems obtrusive or irrelevant. But the Cruise-Cruz chemistry is palpable, and the presence of these luminous stars helps to bring Crowe’s Sky down to earth, where it can be appreciated. The director supplies a thoughtful commentary for the DVD, which also includes an in-depth conversation with Cruise, two behind-the-scenes documentaries Prelude to a Dream and Hitting It Hard, assorted bloopers, and an interview with Paul McCartney, whose music is prominently featured in the film.
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In the same year as Steven Spielberg's love-it-or-hate-it A.I., Cameron Crowe also polarized audiences with this thought-provoking, frustrating, and above-all ambitious mosaic on the states of being and perception. Vanilla Sky is one of those cinematic pretzels that ties a critic into knots, because the torrent of deconstructive theorizing it encourages would reveal key surprises. What can be divulged is that Crowe departs, for the first time in his career, from the realistic, sentimental storytelling that has interested him, switching over to existentialism as easily as if he were David Lynch. The difference here is that Crowe holds himself accountable to providing answers -- something Lynch has considered beneath him. A script's worth of dreamy fragments and elliptical time lines resolve themselves in a manner that most viewers should grasp. Whether they will curse or cheer Crowe for what he decides to keep withheld is up to the individual. Tom Cruise's evident comfort working with his Jerry Maguire director results in a daring performance that can be as unsettling to watch as his most wrenching scenes in Born on the Fourth of July. Disfigured in an accident, his David Aames must interact with the world stripped of his beauty, left to contemplate the arrogant nonchalance with which he manhandled people. Penelope Cruz (who began dating Cruise during filming) continues making strides as an actress, and Cameron Diaz exudes an intense combination of sadness and rage that earned her a variety of acting citations. Whether viewers emerge feeling gypped or gripped, they're likely to carry Vanilla Sky around with them for awhile -- an increasingly rare attribute worth applauding.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
What carries the movie is Mr. Cruise's impeccable marathon-man star turn.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

There is wonderful chemistry of two quite different kinds between Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the one hand, and Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the other.

What carries the movie is Mr. Cruise's impeccable marathon-man star turn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929304622
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,353

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise David Aames
Penélope Cruz Sofia Serrano
Cameron Diaz Julie Gianni
Jason Lee Brian Shelby
Kurt Russell McCabe
Noah Taylor Edmund Ventura
Timothy Spall Thomas Tipp
Tilda Swinton Rebecca Dearborn
Alicia Witt Libby
Johnny Galecki Peter Brown
Michael Shannon Aaron
Technical Credits
Cameron Crowe Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tom Cruise Producer
Mateo Gil Screenwriter
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Paula Wagner Producer
Nancy Wilson Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Everything in Its Right Place [6:01]
2. All the Right Friends [5:22]
3. Defending the Kingdom [4:32]
4. My Favorite Things [1:02]
5. Keep on Pushin' [3:11]
6. Directions [2:56]
7. Her Apartment [1:15]
8. Solsbury Hill [3:23]
9. Last Goodbye [1:33]
10. Lifestyle Mishap [2:43]
11. Helpful Unit [3:25]
12. This Is Me Smiling [5:01]
13. Rez [5:58]
14. Sweetness Follows [1:20]
15. The Splice [5:01]
16. Dig Deep, David [3:45]
17. Fourth Time Around [5:15]
18. I Am Sofia [2:50]
19. Revolution of the Mind [3:09]
20. Problems? [4:10]
21. Can We Still Be Friends [1:48]
22. Opening Act [5:48]
23. The Healing Room [4:30]
24. Good Vibrations [3:34]
25. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space [2:21]
26. Morality as Home Entertainment [2:04]
27. I'll Find You Again [4:59]
28. Where Do I Begin [2:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Prelude to a Dream
   Vanilla Sky
   Hitting It Hard
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English Dolby Surround
      French
      Commentary by Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson
      Music
         An Interview With Paul McCartney
         Music Video "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield/Afrika Bambaataa
      Trailers
         Unreleased Teaser Trailer
         International Trailer
      Credits
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Happily Confusing Lark

    Vanilla Sky is either a disappointment when viewed against Indie Film standards, or a happily confusing lark when compared to the unending deluge of big budget / low-minded Hollywood that's released weekly. On the plus side, we find a movie that engages the viewer and the mind. A movie that is certainly confusing at first sitting, it is that rare commodity: the movie we like to talk about later. Like Memento or Barton Fink, people will find themselves dissecting the minutiae of the film after it's over. Also impressive is the fact that Tom Cruise, one of Hollywood's famed pretty boys, spends at least two-thirds of the film either hidden under a mask, or horribly disfigured. Not a role many other actors would jump to take. On the down side, Vanilla Sky, (a re-make ?) is basically an Art House or Indie film starring a big Hollywood actor. What could have been an interesting view on the hidden nature of man, or alternate/multiple realities, or even a study on the nature of reality itself, instead ends up like an art house rip-off of Total Recall. Rating: B- / C+ FYI: 1) When did the universe change so much that "Banky" from Chasing Amy could get a lead role playing opposite Tom Cruise? 2) When did Penelope Cruz get the role of Indecipherable Speaker, ala Brad Pitt in Snatch or Fenster in The Usual Suspects? 3) When did Paul McCartney last have a decent single? Here, with the title track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A film that you need to watch a couple of times to get

    Cameron Crowe directs this remake of Pedro Almodovar’s “Open Your Eyes” and again directs Tom Cruise, who also produced the film. A lot of negative press went around about this film because Cruise had left his wife Nicole Kidman for his co-star Penelope Cruz, which I think killed how successful this film could have been. Tom Cruise is David Ames, the son of David Ames Sr., who died as one of the wealthiest publishers ever and left everything to David who has decided to run the company if only to gall the executive board left to supervise David. On David’s birthday, he meets a beautiful woman named Sofia (Cruz) who might be the woman of his dreams. Julia Giani (Cameron Diaz) has her heart set on David after they spend an amorous night together. David takes Sofia home to try and avoid Julia and they have the night to get to know each other and share one passionate kiss before the morning. As David is leaving, Julia picks him up and argues with him over jilting her for Sofia. She drives them off a bridge and David is horribly disfigured from the trauma of the accident. Or was he? I don’t wanna give away the plot so if you borrow this, really pay attention to it or you will get lost. Enjoy! R- Language, Sexual Content, Nudity and Violence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One day...

    this film is going to get the all the credit it deserves. You have to watch this movie atleast 2-3 times before you can really like it and begin to realise all it has to offer. One of my favorite films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie

    This is one of those movies that you either love or hate. Additionally, it's a movie that needs to be seen a few times. Tom Cruise is very good in this movie. The movie attracts those of a spiritual nature, and the ending makes you ponder about what is next. I only hope Tom will do the sequel but if it isn't done very well it will be a disapointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing! Blew my Mind!!

    Wake up. You help create your own reality. You are responsible for your choices, so pay attention. Choose carefully and deliberately. Be in integrity. You can live your life as a hellish nightmare if you don't pay attention or you can create something satisfying and authentic if you face the present moment. This movie was a mind blower. Let go; take it in; and let it affect you on a subconscious level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I just wasted two hours of my life !!!!

    This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot. The actors are wasted in this movie. This could have been a good movie if Cameron Crowe had any talent. Don't waste your time and money. This film is nonsense !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Vanilla Sky is one of my favorite 5 movies of all time, but I am wondering. I saw this film for the first time when I was eleven years old and I loved it. How is it that multiple grown people on this website could not understand this movie? I mean now that I own it and have watched it multiple times, I have a much better sense of clairty, but I did not find it confusing, persay. I guess everyone has their own likes and dislikes, not to mention intelligence quotients. Anyway, I can't stop watching this film. Thank you Cameron Crowe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unreal

    I was about 18 when I first watched this movie and I fell in love with it. Of the many people I know, I can count on one hand the number of people who like it. But the thing is about this movie is either you hate it because you don't understand it and it doesn't make any sense or you absolutely love it, no in between. I tell people they don't understand it and they argue they do. If you understand this movie it's absolutely great. I bought and watched it for 3 months straight while I fell asleep at night and still now I catch something new everytime I watch it. It's the wonderfully romantic movie about love at first sight. And I feel that the little things in this movie makes it great, how one little decision can effect your whole life. Movie is unreal my all time favorite never to be surpassed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie Ever!

    Such an innovative and contemporary, original story, with unimaginable fear and love as the ultimate backbone for its true creativity. Tome Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Jason Lee all shine with top-notch performances that allow every audience member to empathize with the characters' every emotion. A truly wonderful film, and my continuous favorite of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so high up in the vanilla sky...

    a lovely twisted misunderstood film about a wonderfuly nieve man the first time i saw it i was thrown for a loop anfter i saw it a second time and stoped trying to figure out whats happening i could really see the movie for what it was (a brilliant depiction of the mind threw love loss and confusion)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I used to hate Tom Cruise!

    After seeing this movie and Minority Report, I believe Tom Cruise is now acting in movies for grown-ups. Vanilla Sky is an engaging movie with deep, deep ideas - and good music to boot. It ranks up there with Artificial Intelligence as a movie which leaves you stunned and thinking about what you just experienced for a long time. I don't normally like to see movies twice in a short time, but this is one which I want to watch again very soon. I also recommend watching it with others who have brains so you can share your thoughts afterwards. Avoid watching with anyone who enjoys sitcoms with laugh tracks, it will only hurt their puny head muscles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Open Your Eyes!

    At its simplest, it is a morality tale about truly seeing the reality around you. It was all about what a blithe David sees, and how he is seen. The sketches of the characters..how about the 7 Dwarves? Cruise plays Sleeping Beauty, who constantly needs waking up. He first dreams of an empty city; he notices when Julliana is making him uncomfortable, but won't see that she is in love with him; he doesn't see the bicyclist and almost gets in a traffic accident that kills him; he can't choose the color of the magazine color; when he meets Sophia, he is oblivious to his 'best friend'; showing works of art at his place; at her place, he notces the photos on here fridge, and decides they must draw charactures of each other, but then can't see or draw any flaws in Sophia; abandons his newly acquired resolve to look at his job and relationships with people, and doesn't forsee the consequences of getting in the car with Julliana; sees only the superficial changes of the accident...the analogy goes on and on. He only slowly begins to see that the reality that he wished to create and see will ultimately fail, and in the end, he choses to face a real new world, instead of continuing with the Lucid Dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    simply beautiful

    i loved this movie. you have to let yourself go and just watch it. don't get cought up in in trying to rationalize every little detail. to use a theater term, it's a momentary suspension of disbelief. i take away something new everytime i watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A rare good movie

    Loved this movie the first time I saw it, like it more with each successive viewing. This is a movie that grabs hold of you, pulls you down dark alleys and makes you face things you usually do not think about. If you are in the mood for the typical Hollywood pablum (such as American Pie or anything with Meg Ryan) don't bother with Vanilla Sky - you just won't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I don't get it. It's GREAT!!

    This movie ''messes'' with your brain - makes you THINK. (What a concept!!) Sadly, being made to think is not for most moviegoers. No kidding, afterwards while making love to my wife, I wondered briefly for a fraction of a second if she might suddenly morph into someone else. Loved Benny the Dog. Wonderful imagery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Waste of Time and Money

    I rated this movie one star because you can't rate it any less than that. It was the stupidest movie I've ever seen. To this day, I don't get what the point of the movie was. I understood what happened at the end, but through the entire movie it kept losing me. I hear it's one of those movies you have to see more than once to understand, but I couldn't bring myself to watch it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Waste of Time

    I had a headache after watching this movie, u should not have to watch a movie 3 times just to understand what is going on. I would not reccommend it to anyone. I'm not to happy with Tom Cruise's choice of roles anymore, it was just as bad as Eyes Wide Shut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome movie!

    Vanilla Sky rocks! Tom Cruise is still one of the hottest guys in Hollywood!!!! But that¿s not the only reason why I liked this movie¿ The way Monet¿s painting was integrated into the theme was so bada$$! The ending was amazing too ¿ a bit ambiguous, but I think they ultimately ended up together, as it should be. I could watch this movie over and over again¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As bad as ''Joe'' and ''Jacob's Ladder''

    Almost unimaginably bad. I love Rush and watched it on his recommendation. Perhaps he was still deaf when he watched this and temporarily afflicted with blindness as well. Truly a gawdawful movie. Bizzare story which is to movies what modern art is to art. Made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Movies I Have EVER Seen

    In all truth this movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. My mind was spinning the whole time because there is not one minute in which the movie did not touch my personal life as I know it will touch yours. It had everything except violence which is more than what a movie needs. Excellent!

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