The Number 23

February 23rd, 2007

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The Number 23

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Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.2/10 (84,864 voted)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman

On his birthday, Walter Sparrow, an amiable dog-catcher, takes a call that leaves him dog bit and late to pick up his wife. She's browsed in a bookstore, finding a blood-red-covered novel, a murder mystery with numerology that loops constantly around the number 23. The story captivates Walter: he dreams it, he notices aspects of his life that can be rendered by "23," he searches for the author, he stays in the hotel (in room 23) where events in the novel took place, and he begins to believe it was no novel. His wife and son try to help him, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes to protect him. Slowly, with danger to himself and to his family, he closes in on the truth.

Jim Carrey - Walter Sparrow / Fingerling
Virginia Madsen - Agatha Sparrow / Fabrizia
Logan Lerman - Robin Sparrow
Danny Huston - Isaac French / Dr. Miles Phoenix
Lynn Collins - Suicide Blonde / Mrs. Dobkins / Young Fingerling's Mother
Rhona Mitra - Laura Tollins
Michelle Arthur - Sybil
Mark Pellegrino - Kyle Flinch
Paul Butcher - Young Fingerling / Young Walter
David Stifel - Hotel Clerk
Corey Stoll - Sergeant Burns
Ed Lauter - Father Sebastian
Troy Kotsur - Barnaby
Walter Soo Hoo - Chinese Restaurant Owner
Patricia Belcher - Dr. Alice Mortimer

Taglines: The truth will find you.


Official Website: New Line Cinema [United States] |

Release Date: 23 February 2007

Filming Locations: Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,602,867 (USA) (25 February 2007) (2759 Screens)

Gross: $33,917,402 (USA) (18 March 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (cut)

Did You Know?

The main character, Sparrow, had an obsession with the saxophone. The standard, student sax has 23 keys without the neck. But, with the neck, which one needs to play the sax, the student sax has 24 keys. Nowadays student saxes come with an added high F# key, so they have 25.

Factual errors: On Dr. Sirius Leary's ID badge he is shown as a "Phd."- the correct abbreviation is Ph.D. (from Latin for Doctor of Philosophy).

[first lines]
Walter Sparrow: A week ago, the only thing I thought was out of the ordinary was that it was my birthday.

User Review

Watchable, not Wonderful

Rating: 6/10

There has been a great deal of critical scorn directed at 'The Number 23', which almost made me rethink my decision to see it, despite finding the concept very enticing, being impressed by the promotional materials, and generally liking Joel Schumacher as a director (yes, Batman and Robin was awful, but he's directing some very good films like The Client, Phone Booth and The Lost Boys) And after seeing the finished product, I find myself asking why the knives are out for the film. Now, I'm not saying this is a brilliant film, because it isn't. It's rather easy to guess the plot twists, the script does tend to patronise the viewer and the final segment of the film casually abandons the central premise in favour of a more generic 'mystery' storyline. But I found quite a few things to like about the movie, such as strong performances from Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, very stylish direction and (for most of the movie)a genuine undercurrent of tension as the events unfold. It's not going to be remembered as a highlight on the careers of anyone involved, but if you enjoyed conspiracy theory novels such as The Da Vinci Code or shows like the X-Files, you are more likely to see past the critics and enjoy this film.

Final Score 6 (which is 2x3)/10

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