R | | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.
Writer/director Cameron Crowe also referred to the clues as his version of the 'Paul is Dead' rumor (the notorious Beatles hoax from the late-60s, when fans became convinced through song lyrics, sonic tricks, and album art that Paul McCartney had died and was replaced by a look-alike). "Divorcing it from whether Paul was really dead or not, that was a really great parlor game: searching for clues, the excitement of different layers, some of them chilling, some of them really funny. It was a great model for us."
Open your eyes.
Sofía: Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open your eyes. Open you...
When David awakes after sleeping in the street, the camera and equipment are reflected in the street puddles.
The end credits are done to a background of a skyscape changing the various colors of the day.
Three parts from the quick montage at the end of the film suggest scenes cut from the final film: two frames from a scene that was in "Abre Los Ojos" (upon which "Vanilla Sky" was based) where David shoots a police officer in front of the L.E. building, a frame of David and Sofia on a bed where Sofia is wearing a bathrobe (she never wore a bathrobe in the film), and a frame set in David's company where David is a kid, sitting on a couch, and a man (possibly Thomas Tipp) is talking to him).
$25,015,518 (USA) (16 December 2001)
$100,614,858 (USA) (28 April 2002)
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