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Sleeper (1973)

A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.

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Erno Windt
Mary Gregory ...
Dr. Melik
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John McLiam ...
Dr. Agon
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Dr. Orva
Chris Forbes ...
Rainer Krebs
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Dr. Nero (as Marya Small)
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Dr. Dean
Susan Miller ...
Ellen Pogrebin
Lou Picetti ...
Master of Ceremonies
Jessica Rains ...
Woman in the Mirror
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Herald Cohen
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Jeb Hrmthmg
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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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17 December 1973 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The exteriors for the beige building in which Woody Allen's character lives (and where the nose is destroyed) were shot at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Foothils Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, USA. See more »

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Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called "wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk."
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Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Performed by Woody Allen
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3 February 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

We are blessed that Woody was around, making movies as interesting as this when he was.

Already with this one, he began his vast exploration of movie techniques and devices that would last 25 years or so.

The idea is simple in this one: he wanted to use film slapstick from a bygone era. How better to situate that than to move the whole picture into a future era?

We have some truly classic stuff here. The banana joke, The mirror joke. The robot pantomime. The acting out of the Jewish dinner (done in later movies too). The inflated man joke. You can find all these in any number of Keaton. Marx, Laurel & Hardy movies.

The unifying string of time travel, a romance, the leader and his nose is too weak to make this a solidly recommended outing. And it wouldn't be for a couple years until Woody cared about the cinematography at all.

I had forgotten how pretty Diane Keaton was. Very.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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