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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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,344,729
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first time Woody Allen made a film with a real plot - a beginning, middle and end - and not a string of gags stitched together. He had written many plays that fit that bill, but again he was continuing to grow as a film maker, and doing something subtly different. See more »

Goofs

During the presentation about the Leader it was said that none of the doctors know each other for reasons of security yet before this presentation one of the doctors calls Milo by a specific name clearly indicating they know each other. See more »

Quotes

Luna Schlosser: Herald, I wrote a new poem today.
Herald Cohen: You didn't?
Luna Schlosser: Yes, I did: A little boy caught a butterfly, And said to himself, I must try, To understand my life, And help others, Not just mothers, And fathers, But friends, Strangers too, With eyes of blue, And lips full red and round, But the butterfly didn't make a sound, For he had turned into a caterpillar, By and by.
Herald Cohen: It's deep! You're so obviously influenced by McKuen!
Luna Schlosser: Oh, Herald, do you really like it?
Herald Cohen: Only one thing, they change from caterpillars *into*...
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Soundtracks

Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Performed by Woody Allen
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Sleeper
27 August 2010 | by random_avengerSee all my reviews

Miles Monroe (director Allen), a health food store owner and jazz clarinetist, goes to a hospital for a routine operation, but something goes wrong and he is put to cryogenic sleep for over 200 years. When he is woken up in the 22nd century, the society has changed into a pleasure-addicted dictatorship. Miles is immediately pulled into revolutionary activity and soon has to flee the state police on his way to the mysterious ruler of the society. He also finds himself teaming up with an initially reluctant woman called Luna (Diane Keaton) and together they adventure through the futuristic society.

The comedic style of Sleeper is an entertaining combination of over-the-top farce and Allen's usual verbal jabs at the society of the 20th century. The silly jazz music accompanying the bumbling chase scenes evokes memories from the silent era (some scenes are even sped-up), and the old masters of slapstick have clearly been a major influence to the style. There are also many references to more modern works of science fiction, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Nineteen Eight-Four. Besides the funny farcical scenes, Allen gets to perform his classic neurotic worrying routine that works fine and will amuse fans of his on-screen persona.

A very notable aspect of the film is its visual style: the sets and props all look excellent. The futuristic houses, round vehicles, stiff servant robots, gigantic fruits and even an unruly pudding look hilarious and the many details of the society provide chances to comment on how things are advancing in our times. Be it an orgasm-machine or nonsensical poetry, they seem to suggest we are moving towards times where ignorance revels and empty pleasure-hunting is celebrated as the only correct form of bliss; it can be said that the underlying themes of Sleeper are not unlike those of Aldous Huxley's classic novel Brave New World.

Social commentary aside, Sleeper is also a very funny comedy that appeals not only to friends of Allen's neurotic shtick but also to slapstick fans and admirers of creative production design. Diane Keaton also deserves praise for her performance that features all the necessary comical energy and makes a good pairing for the protagonist Miles. In brief, I laughed out loud several times and would rank the film highly among the handful of Allen films I've seen so far. As far as sci-fi comedies go, Sleeper is a definite winner.


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