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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

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Cast

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Young Joel
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Joel's Mother
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Young Bully
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Young Bully (as Paul Litowski)
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Storyline

A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. Written by anonymous

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This spring, clear your mind. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eterno resplandor de una mente sin recuerdos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,175,198, 21 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,400,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,169,222
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Trivia

Using Clementine's hair color, viewers can keep track of what phase of the relationship they are watching: green for first meeting, red for fantasy scenes, orange for full-on affair, and blue for their post-cleansing re-acquaintance. See more »

Goofs

When Clementine goes to Joel's building foyer, and meets Joel's neighbor (the "McRomance" guy), the actor waiting to walk into the scene is reflected in the door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joel: [voice over] random thoughts for Valentine's day, 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are right justified, versus the usual center justified credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Suburgatory: Thanksgiving (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh My Darling, Clementine
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Usually attributed to Percy Montrose
Sung by Jim Carrey
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User Reviews

Great, if you can relate...
24 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

If you can relate to the underlying theme of love longed for, love given and received, and love lost, this is a great film. If you have come to understand that acceptance can -sometimes- be a great thing and not a compromise or a 'settle for' - this is a moving film.

As crazy and almost surreal as elements of this film are, it somehow remains honest and real. That seems like a contradiction... life is contradictory, isn't it?

Carrey and Winslet both turn in superb performances, as do the supporting cast. An incredible film that most of the people who 'get it' will love - but I suspect there will be more than a small percentage who won't understand it or can't relate to it and they will (understandably) dislike it.


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