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Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »
Miles, a nebbishy clarinet player who also runs a health food store in NYC's Greenwich Village, is cryogenically frozen, and brought back - 200 years in the future, by anti-government radicals in order to assist them in their attempt to overthrow the oppressive government. When he goes off on his own, he begins to explore this brave new world, which has Orgasmatron booths to replace sex and confessional robots. Written by
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Woody Allen originally conceived the story (in which people in the future are forbidden to talk) as a plausible way of making a modern silent film. See more »
The Volkswagen could not possibly start after 200 years in a cave. Gasoline typically has a 30 day shelf life. After 30 days the aromatic parts of the gasoline noticeably start to evaporate, and it begins a chemical breakdown process into gum, resin and varnish which cause misfires and poor starts, poor performance, and could cause engine damage. Degraded fuel in a running engine also leaves deposits in the carburetor plugging essential passages and can also leave deposits on the intake valve stem causing it to hang up and not close properly or even not to close at all. See more »
Woody Allen's previous efforts, BANANAS and TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, were exceptionally funny but very uneven films. His being a bit of an amateur in the film business is pretty obvious in these movies. However, by the time he created SLEEPER, he was a lot more polished and consistent film maker. While this is still a very stupid and sophomoric film, it is very funny nevertheless. While there are occasionally bad moments (such as the giant chicken), they are very few and the humor just keeps hitting you again and again. I particularly liked the Orgazmatron and the history lesson he gives the futuristic professors. This film is slapstick and dopey--exactly the type of film that intellectuals (the audience for most later Allen films) will probably hate. This is Allen for the common man--back when he used to be very funny.
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