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Richard Linklater (concept)
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Directed by
Richard Linklater 
 
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Richard Linklater .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Richard Linklater 
 
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Richard Linklater 
 
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Eric Friend .... sound editor
 
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Brecht Andersch .... thanks
Scott Christian .... thanks
Matt Crowley .... thanks
Lee Daniel .... thanks
Keith Dubois .... thanks
Hugh Gapet .... thanks
Timothy Rich Healy .... thanks
Diane Herrera .... thanks
Dick Krieger .... thanks
Denise Lablonde .... thanks
Eric Lord .... thanks
Kate Marohn .... thanks
Ann Meredith .... thanks
George Morris .... thanks
Jamie Ra Pickens .... thanks
Gary Price .... thanks
David Ray .... thanks
Ted Schiebold .... thanks
Suzanne Schope .... thanks
Beverly Sternberg .... thanks
Ann Torrez .... thanks
Jesse Torrez .... thanks
Tony Lee Towers .... thanks
Martha Wise .... thanks
Eric Wolfe .... thanks
 

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USA:85 min
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This film is featured on second disc of the Slacker (1991) DVD released in 2004 by the Criterion Collection.See more »
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Features Gertrud (1964)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Only for fans, but worthwhile for fans, 13 April 2005

It's pretty much a guarantee that only dedicated Linklater fans are going to see this, since it's only available as part of Criterion's $35 Slacker package. That being said, it's a pretty interesting picture. It is obviously inspired by Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise," also a film about the prevalence of verbal miscommunication, and is better than that film. Linklater makes it clear that he is allowing the audiences to make their own assumptions about the story and character(s), in that he uses long takes and focuses on action that is unrelated to the "narrative" of the picture. It ultimately is a reaffirmation of the deep-seatedness of Linklater's experimental nature, and while not exactly entertaining, is a worthwhile sign of things to come.

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