Top 18 Memento Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Memento facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Memento film message.

In 'Memento', Lenny tells us in the beginning that you learn to trust your own hand writing. When Teddy pressurizes him to write something about Natalie, he doesn't use his normal hand writing so that he doesn't trust it later. He changes it eventually with his real hand writing.
In 'Memento', Lenny tells us in the beginning that you learn to trust your own hand writing. When Teddy pressurizes him to write something about Natalie, he doesn't use his normal hand writing so that he doesn't trust it later. He changes it eventually with his real hand writing.
In Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' (2000), Teddy's number plate is shown both to end in 7IU and 71U, emphasising Leonard's unreliable and subjective narrative. The 'I' or '1' is also left ambiguous by Leonard in his note.
In Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' (2000), Teddy's number plate is shown both to end in 7IU and 71U, emphasising Leonard's unreliable and subjective narrative. The 'I' or '1' is also left ambiguous by Leonard in his note.

Memento Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. . Detail that shows Teddy deliberately prevented Leonard from moving on

  2. And Inception (2010). Both movies feature a close shot of a character frozen in confusion as femme fatale circles and taunts them.

Memento Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - We can see that there is a difference between the picture Leonard is holding and the scene of crime. This is the first hint that allows the watcher to know the film narrative and Leonard's type of memory.
    We can see that there is a difference between the picture Leonard is holding and the scene of crime. This is the first hint that allows the watcher to know the film narrative and Leonard's type of memory.
  • 1 - The motel Leonard stays in accepts "Carte Blanche" as payment.
    The motel Leonard stays in accepts "Carte Blanche" as payment.

Memento Hidden Details

Teddy's driver's license expires on the fictional date 02-29-01

At Sammy Jankis' final scene, as someone passes by him you can briefly see him flash into Lenny, foreshadowing the film's ultimate plot twist.

1 - You can see that there is much less blood on the wall compared to what it is shown in the picture. This is intentionally there as a way of exemplifying how our memories aren't always accurate, like Leonard does say later in the movie.
You can see that there is much less blood on the wall compared to what it is shown in the picture. This is intentionally there as a way of exemplifying how our memories aren't always accurate, like Leonard does say later in the movie.

It can be seen Leonard finds his identity in finding John G when he says "We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different." and the only tattoo that is backwards and can be read in the mirror is "John G raped and murdered my wife"

1 - It is revealed early on that Leonard is in fact Sammy Jenkins through a quick frame in one of the flashbacks!
It is revealed early on that Leonard is in fact Sammy Jenkins through a quick frame in one of the flashbacks!
1 - Lenny writes down Teddy's note in lowercase instead of his usual uppercase handwriting. So in case he forgets to cross it out he still won't trust it because it's not his usual handwriting.
Lenny writes down Teddy's note in lowercase instead of his usual uppercase handwriting. So in case he forgets to cross it out he still won't trust it because it's not his usual handwriting.

The final flashbacks show just how off Lenny was about what he knew about his wife's murder (explanation in comments)

The main theme that it's meant to convey the sadness and internal conflict of the protagonist stops playing when he loses his memory. Like when the photos "fades" in the opening credits, which symbolizes him forgetting he got revenge and also at the end of the movie.

Sammy, who is sitting in a mental institution, is replaced by Leonard, proving that Sammy's story is actually Leonard's story.

1 - Sammy Jankins is hinted to be Leonard all along in a few frames that lasted only for a moment.
Sammy Jankins is hinted to be Leonard all along in a few frames that lasted only for a moment.
1 - We see Leonard help Natalie sit down when going through an issue but later in the film, now is Natalie who sits him down when he is frustrated about something. Possibly shows Natalie having a higher position of power over Leonard and leave his guard down, making him useless like Sammy.
We see Leonard help Natalie sit down when going through an issue but later in the film, now is Natalie who sits him down when he is frustrated about something. Possibly shows Natalie having a higher position of power over Leonard and leave his guard down, making him useless like Sammy.
Memento poster
Memento poster

Memento Plot

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Memento. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Mystery, Thriller
Director Christopher Nolan
Stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
IMDB score 8.4