Memento Movie (2000) | Plot Explained, Cast & Awards

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Memento Movie Plot Explained

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a man who is battling to come back to normal life after the fierce assault and murder of his beloved wife. His issues are not the same as those of other people in his circumstance; he was beaten seriously by the man who slaughtered his significant other. The most noteworthy sign of Leonard's wounds is that his momentary memory has been annihilated; he is incapable for holding any new memories and must resort to plentiful note-taking and Polaroid photos so as to monitor what befalls him through the span of a day (he's even inked himself with a couple of critical data).

Leonard only remembers that his wife was fiercely killed and he's persuaded that the guilty roam freely. Leonard is fixated on the thought of delivering retribution against the man who has destroyed his life, and he embarks to discover him, finding support from Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), who claims to be Leonard's companion, despite the fact that Leonard detects that he can't be trusted. Memento is a brilliant adaptation by Christopher Nolan from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan.

Memento Movie Cast

  • Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie
  • Joe Pantoliano as John Edward "Teddy" Gammell
  • Mark Boone Junior as Burt
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Samuel R. "Sammy" Jankis
  • Harriet Sansom Harris as Mrs Jankis
  • Callum Keith Rennie as Dodd
  • Larry Holden as James F. "Jimmy" Grantz
  • Jorja Fox as Catherine Shelby
Directed by
  • Christopher Nolan
Produced by
  • Suzanne Todd
  • Jennifer Todd
Screenplay by
  • Christopher Nolan
Based on
  • "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan
Music by
  • David Julyan
  • Wally Pfister
Edited by
  • Dody Dorn
Production companies
  • Summit Entertainment
  • Team Todd
Distributed by
  • Newmarket Films
Release date
  • September 5, 2000 (Venice)
  • March 16, 2001 (United States)
  • $9 million
Box office
  • $39.7 million

Official Trailer

Memento Movie Awards

Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female 2002
  • Carrie-Anne Moss
Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay 2002
  • Christopher Nolan
Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature 2002
  • Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
Independent Spirit Award for Best Director 2002
  • Christopher Nolan
MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker 2002
  • Christopher Nolan
Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay 2001
  • Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award 2001
  • Christopher Nolan
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Original Screenplay 2002
  • Christopher Nolan
Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay 2002
  • Christopher Nolan
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Film 2001
  • Christopher Nolan
British Independent Film Award for Best Foreign Independent Film - English Language 2001
  • Christopher Nolan
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay 2001
  • Christopher Nolan