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Sleeper (1973)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erno Windt
Mary Gregory ...
Dr. Melik
John McLiam ...
Dr. Agon
Dr. Orva
Chris Forbes ...
Rainer Krebs
Dr. Nero (as Marya Small)
Peter Hobbs ...
Dr. Dean
Susan Miller ...
Ellen Pogrebin
Lou Picetti ...
Jessica Rains ...
Woman in the Mirror
Herald Cohen
Jeb Hrmthmg


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A love story about two people who hate each other. 200 years in the future. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

17 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El dormilón  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The final edit, condensing 35 hours of film footage into a 90 minute movie, was completed two days before the film opened. See more »


In the final chase scene, the all-white futuristic vehicle is replaced briefly by another all-white futuristic vehicle of a different design, including a black trim. See more »


Miles Monroe: I'm always joking, you should know that about me; it's a defense mechanism.
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Features ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) See more »


Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Performed by Woody Allen
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very stupid, well-polished fun
22 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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