Vanilla Sky

Synopsis: Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David's party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn't sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to b
Director(s): Cameron Crowe
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 33 nominations.
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136 min

Open your eyes.

Open your eyes.

Open your eyes.

Open your eyes.

David, open your--

Well, I suppose

the empty street meant loneliness.

You're a shrink.

You gotta do better than that.

I'm a doctor.

Let's not stereotype each other.

Not all rich kids

are soulless and...

not all psychologists

care about dreams.

The question is how you got here

and why you've been charged.

What do you want to know?

I was about to turn 33.

I ran three magazines

and a worldwide publishing house.

Most days I fooled myself into

believing it would last forever.

Isn't that what being young

is about?

Believing secretly

that you would be...

the one person

in the history of man...

who would live forever.

Where you going so early?

Don't record any more messages

on my alarm clock, okay?

- Why not?

- I'll start to think we're married.

Don't ever say that word.

I will never come over...

and bring you chicken soup

and f*** your brains out again.

How's your cold?

Still there.

How 'bout yours?

You definitely took

my mind off it.



"Juliana" here.

Hi, Rayna. I missed my audition.

I lost my head!

No, listen, I have to go.

I'm with David.

Help yourself to whatever. Maria will

clean up. Set the alarm before you go.


you are the greatest.

Bye, honey.

Bye, honey.

I'll call you later.


- When?

- Soon!

Did you reserve the court?

Easy. I can't handle heavy

conversation at this ungodly hour.

Sorry to do this early,

but I gotta be done by 10:00.

You're not gonna make

the 8:
45, are you?

- How did you find me?

- David Aames...

you have to check the colors

for the new issue of Rise.

-What are the colors?

-Yellow and red or traditional white.

- Gotta think about it.

- David, please.

Don't be late for the 10:00

with the board.

Don't tell anybody where I am.

I don't care if God calls.

- I'm very, very busy.

- Yeah.

- Can't you get rid of that board?

- The Seven Dwarfs?. No.

Those people drive you nuts.

And that was the desire

of my father who hired them.

You f***ed Julie Gianni again,

didn't you?

I know someone was there

when I called.

You had that tone.

"No, I got a cold.

I'm hanging in tonight, you know."

I had a cold.

- I was alone.

- Fine.

-You do what you want with your life.


But one day you'll know

what love truly is.

It's the sour and the sweet.

I know sour, which allows me

to appreciate the sweet.

Julie Gianni is a friend.

Sometimes we sleep together.

What? What?

- What?

- My dream girl...

Julie Gianni...

is your f*** buddy.

- What do you wanna listen to?

- Slow down, man.

What do we got here?

Barcelona, Looper.


Look out! Look out!


We almost died.

- I know.

- Use your f***in' head!

My own death was in front of me,

and you know what happened?

Your life flashed

before my eyes.

- How was it?

- Almost worth dying for.

We're at the front door.

We're coming up now.

- Good morning, sir. Sleep well?

- Yes, I did.

- Eaten yet?

- What's that?.

Good morning.

David, you were playing racquetball.

I've been covering you for an hour.

I'm saving your ass

and you're playing racquetball.

Thank you, Fritz.

We are now exiting the elevator.

The board is not happy.

- Good morning, Beatrice.

- Hello, David.

You're in the Post today. Courtney Love

called to see if you got her E-mail.

And Graydon Carter and Shelley Wanger

called to see if dinner's still on.

- Cool.

- Art department needs the colors--

- yellow and red or white?

- Good morning, David.

And did I mention the board

is pissed you're late?

Hey, David! Hold up!

Which one?

Wait. This one?


Okay, they're all waiting for you.

- You changed your hair.

- Yes. And David...

opinions are expected.

Do you dream about the board--

the Seven Dwarfs as you call them?

Sneezy, Bashful...





and of course, Grumpy.

How was Aspen?


Now, I want answers

and I want them now.

How's it going?

They still look at me

as if I was 11 years old.

He's going to inherit everything.

He gets it all.

You're scared of your dreams,

aren't you?

It's a nightmare either way.

Is that how you explain

what's happened to you?

- What?

- What happened to your face?

- I'm not talking to you anymore.

- You don't wanna show me your face?


- Do you know why you're here?

- Conversation, the coffee--

David, the part where

we parry and joust...

and get to know each other

bit by bit--

No. No can do.

We'll have to skip that because

you've been charged with murder.

In four weeks, a judge

will determine your fate...

based on what I write.

- So you will talk to me.

- There is no murder.

There is no murder!

It never happened!

- I don't have to talk to anybody!

- Want me to help?

- Get the f*** away from me.

- You take it easy, sunshine.

Take it easy, Face.

Your whole story's full of holes!

Stop. Stop!

Please leave right now.

I'll take responsibility.

Please leave right now.

I'll take responsibility.

Please leave right now.

He's got control.

I'm gonna get you,

daddy's boy little freak.

- My parents are dead, you f***!

- Enough!

Is that true?

- Good cop, bad cop--

- That you're a daddy's boy?

Primer on David Aames Senior.

My father wasn't built

for the 21st century.

He never went to McDonald's,

not once.

He never watched television,

and yet...

his biggest magazine

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Cameron Crowe

Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American actor, author, director, producer, screenwriter and journalist. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes. more…

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