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Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. 

Leonard Shelby wears expensive, tailored suits, drives a late model Jaguar sedan, but lives in cheap anonymous motels, paying his way with thick wads of cash. Although he looks like a successful business man, his only work is the pursuit of vengeance: tracking and punishing the man who raped and murdered his wife. His suspicions dismissed by the police, Leonard’s life has become an all-consuming quest for Justice.

The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact the Leonard suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of his life before his “accident,” Leonard can’t remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he is, where he is going, or why.


Release Date

March 16, 2001


Christopher Nolan


Christopher Nolan

Story (Short Story)

Jonathan Nolan


Suzanne Todd

Jennifer Todd


Wally Pfister

Production Design

Patti Podesta

Film Editing

Dody Dorn

Costume Design

Cindy Evans

Original Score

David Julyan


John Papsidera

Set Design

Danielle Berman


$4.5 million

Running Time

113 minutes

Studios Involved

Newmarket Captital Group

Newmarket Films

Distribution Company

Summit Entertainment

Nolan Fans