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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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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Miles Monroe
Diane Keaton ... Luna Schlosser
John Beck ... Erno Windt
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Dr. Melik
Don Keefer ... Dr. Tryon
John McLiam ... Dr. Agon
Bartlett Robinson ... Dr. Orva
Chris Forbes Chris Forbes ... Rainer Krebs
Mews Small ... Dr. Nero (as Marya Small)
Peter Hobbs ... Dr. Dean
Susan Miller Susan Miller ... Ellen Pogrebin
Lou Picetti Lou Picetti ... Master of Ceremonies
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Woman in the Mirror
Brian Avery ... Herald Cohen
Spencer Milligan ... Jeb Hrmthmg
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

17 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El dormilón See more »

Filming Locations:

Boulder, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,344,729, 31 December 1974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to editor Ralph Rosenblum, Woody Allen filmed and then deleted a fantasy sequence in which Miles plays a game of chess with life-sized chess pieces, and is then sentenced to death by the chess pieces after he loses the game. Another cut scene had Miles impress Luna with magic tricks. See more »

Goofs

During her party, Luna suggests that everybody go for a swim. But when she and Miles are running from the police she claims she cannot swim. See more »

Quotes

Miles Monroe: Alright, just get your part right. Don't worry about me!
Luna Schlosser: Well, if we get screwed up, it's because of you!
Miles Monroe: [mockingly] "If we get screwed up it's because of you!" "If we get screwed up it's because of you!"
Luna Schlosser: Oh, you're retarded! You know that? I'm on a mission with Retarded Man.
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Spoofs Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

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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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very stupid, well-polished fun
22 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee 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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