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Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

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Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz


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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,


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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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.
All Movie Guide
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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

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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Vanilla Sky 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is good, but it shouldn't be so dark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is defenetly a one of a kind. such an amazing movie, who makes you think about it, and about it's idea for a long time after you've finished watching it. it is a briliant movie, and faces one of the most fasinating subjects in our lifes- the sub-consious. highly recomended, and realy is an excelent movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Cruse is brilliantly over chopped in a wonderflly formated movie. Cruise suspends over a relationship turned frantickly insanely obsessive, and a true love... Its easy for the son of a large corporate business to make friends when he drives around in a 1968 ford cobra SHHHH elby. Pay close attention to the smaller things in order to fully enjoy this flick. Exciting, fast , enlightening, and I think, one oof the year's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanila Sky has the best trio ensomble of the year, with Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. After David (Cruise) falls madly in love with Sophia (Cruz), he breaks up with popular-type girl Julie (Diaz). But that's not gonna end like that. Julie drives herself off a cliff and killes herself and scarng David. But that it...? Cameron Diaz got a Golden Globe nomination for her role. This is the perect movie about obesion with a lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was way too confusing and I did not feel that watching it again was a good use of my time. I am reasonably intelligent but this was over the top. Director's commentary just convinced me some people in Hollywood take themselves way too seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie started out slow but picked up in the relationship aspects in the beginning of the movie. It even added a lot of heat where it was needed. When the first twist (of which there were many) occurred, it was discomforting and very confusing. Still, I stayed with it, as once again the relationships among the characters again Intrigued me. By the time the ending came, I was frustrated beyond reason and the ending didn't make my comfort level with this film any more palatable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie twice and I think it is an excellent choice. I won't even attempt to explain the complexness of this film. It's got an amazing story line, a great cast, and is very twisted throughout. It makes your brain work to try to figure it out. All in all, it's a great movie that I highly recommend seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not watch this movie if you are just in the mood to veg out for the evening. But if you want something a' la Memento which will make you think as you watch, this is definetly the film to see. There is new stuff to notice every time. Just remember: there are no ''final'' answers or interpretations to this film - you have to find those inside yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie for those of you who have a practice lucid dreaming...true if you know nothing on LD it is confusing...and for those who ask why he didn't get the girl at the end...if you use your imagination and listen carefully....i believe he did...just listen to the voice at the end when he is being woke up once more...it was her....and the fact that they said they would meet in another life time...tadaaa!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.