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Waking Life ()


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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

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Trevor Jack Brooks ...
Young Boy Playing Paper Game
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Young Girl Playing Paper Game
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Main Character
Glover Gill ...
Accordion Player
Lara Hicks ...
Violin Player
Ames Asbell ...
Viola Player
Leigh Mahoney ...
Viola Player
Sara Nelson ...
Cello Player
Jeanine Attaway ...
Piano Player
Erik Grostic ...
Bass Player
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Boat Car Guy
Robert C. Solomon ...
Philosophy Professor
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Self
Eamonn Healy ...
Shape-Shifting Man
J.C. Shakespeare ...
Burning Man
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Jesse
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Celine
Charles Gunning ...
Angry Man in Jail
David Sosa ...
Self
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Man in Car with P.A.
Otto Hofmann ...
Self
Aklilu Gebrewold ...
Self
Carol Dawson ...
Coffee Shop Chatter
Lisa Moore ...
Coffee Shop Chatter
Steve Fitch ...
Chimpanzee
Louis Mackey ...
Self
Alex Nixon ...
Man Writing a Novel at the Bar
Violet Nichols ...
Woman Talking to the Novel Writer
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Man Talking to the Bartender
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Bartender
Mary McBay ...
Woman on TV
Kregg A. Foote ...
Man on TV
Jason T. Hodge ...
Man with the Long Hair
Guy Forsyth ...
Self
John Christensen ...
Guy Talking about Turning the Light on in Dreams
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Self
David Jewell ...
Man Talking to Caveh
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One of Four Men
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One of Four Men
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One of Four Men (voice) (as E. Jason Liebrecht)
Brent Green ...
One of Four Men
RC Whittaker ...
Man on the Lamppost
Hymie Samuelson ...
Mr. Debord
David Martínez ...
Man on the Train (as David Martinez)
Ryan Power ...
Young Disappearing Guy
Tiana Hux ...
Soap Opera Woman
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Self (as Speed Levitch)
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Goatee Man
Marta Banda ...
Friendly Girl
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Interviewed on Television
Charles Murdock ...
Old Man
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Quiet Woman at Restaurant (as Mona Lee)
Edith Mannix ...
Older Artist in the Park
Bess Cox ...
Old Woman Sitting for a Portrait
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Kierkegaard Disciple
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Pinball Playing Man / Man on Back of Boat
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Kierstin Cunnington ...
Goth Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Linklater

Written by

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Richard Linklater ... (written by)

Produced by

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Caroline Kaplan ... executive producer
Tommy Pallotta ... producer
Jonathan Sehring ... executive producer
John Sloss ... executive producer
Jonah Smith ... producer
Anne Walker-McBay ... producer
Palmer West ... producer

Music by

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Glover Gill ... (original score by)

Cinematography by

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Richard Linklater ... (camera)
Tommy Pallotta ... (camera)

Film Editing by

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Sandra Adair

Editorial Department

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Fred Chandler ... post production executive
Courtney Fitzgerald ... editorial intern
Aliza Gold ... editorial intern
Nancy Higgins ... editorial intern
Sara Johnson ... post-production assistant
Jerome Poynton ... digital film transfer: Swiss Effects
J. Kevin Smith ... consultant: Final Cut Pro
Andrea Van Metter ... editorial intern (as Andrea Tucker)

Casting By

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Lizzie Curry Martinez ... (as Lizzie Martinez)

Art Direction by

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Bob Sabiston

Production Management

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Patrick Lindenmaier ... post-production supervisor: HDTV

Sound Department

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Ethan Andrus ... sound mixer
Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Wayne Bell ... additional sound mixer / sound editor
Larry Blake ... re-recording mixer
Mike Brennan ... boom operator
Matt Coby ... re-recording assistant
Cathy Crane ... sound assistant
Jay Gallagher ... re-recording assistant
Tom Hammond ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound supervisor
Bryan Pennington ... sound consultant: Dolby
Jason Piatt ... foley recordist
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

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Bob Sabiston ... animation software

Stunts

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Bobby Sargent ... stunts
Jeff Schwan ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Arthur Blum ... grip
Matt Fliehler ... grip (as Matthew Fliehler)

Animation Department

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Jason Archer ... animator
Paul Beck ... animator
John Bruch ... animator
Jean Caffeine ... animator
Zoe Charlton ... animator (as Zoë Charlton)
Randy Cole ... animator
Jennifer Deutrom ... animator (as Jennifer Drummond)
Kate Dollenmayer ... animator
Rahab El Ewely ... animator (as Rahab El Ewaly)
Pat Falconer ... animator
Dan Gillotte ... animator
Nathan Jensen ... animator
Matthew Langland ... animator
Mike Layne ... animator (as Michael Layne)
Travis Lindquist ... animator (as Travis C. Lindquist)
Chris Minley ... animator
Katy O'Connor ... animator
John Paul ... animator
Shannon Pearson ... animator
Eric Power ... animator
Bob Sabiston ... animator
Holly Sabiston ... animator (as Holly Louise Fisher)
Susan Sabiston ... animator
Katie Salen ... animator
Divya Srinivasan ... animator
Patrick Thornton ... animator
Penny Van Horn ... animator
Mary Varn ... animator
Rosie Weaver ... animator (as Rosie Q Weaver)
Wiley Wiggins ... animator
Constance Wood ... animator
Charles Harrison ... animation intern (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Lindsay Doleshal ... casting assistant
Julia Halperin ... casting assistant
Charlotte Wood ... casting assistant

Location Management

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Peter Atherton ... location manager

Music Department

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Tosca Tango Orchestra ... music performer
Ames Asbell ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jeanine Attaway ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Guy Forsyth ... musician: ukulele (uncredited)
Glover Gill ... musician: accordian (uncredited)
Erik Grostic ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Lara Hicks ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Leigh Mahoney ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Sara Nelson ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Tosca Tango Orchestra ... orchestra (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Laine Bateman ... production assistant
Dave Bennett ... production accountant (as David Bennett)
Paul Brennan ... legal services: Sloss Law Office LLP
Matthew Cook ... office intern
Cathy Crane ... office manager: Detour Filmproduction
Jennifer Deutrom ... credits (as Jennifer Drummond)
Monica Estrada ... office intern
Deborah Fabish ... office intern
Erin Ferguson ... production coordinator
Jennifer Gaylord ... legal services: Sloss Law Office LLP
Scot Markland ... craft service
Fernando Martinez ... office intern
Morgan Miles ... production accountant
Bob Sabiston ... credits
John Sloss ... legal services: Sloss Law Office LLP
Kyle Summerville ... office intern
Kelly Williams ... production assistant

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Paul Beutel ... special thanks: Paramount Theatre for Performing Arts
Monica Caivans ... special thanks
John Christensen ... in memory: [super perfundo on the early eve of your day]
Scott Conn ... special thanks
Vicki Faust ... special thanks
Bruce Haufler ... special thanks
Jaymee Hewitt ... special thanks
Chris Humphrey ... special thanks
Ben Johnston ... special thanks
James Lambert ... special thanks
Eric Lanoix ... special thanks
Mike Lind ... special thanks
Amy Lowrey ... special thanks
Phillip McNutt ... special thanks
Chale Nafus ... special thanks (as Charles Nafus)
Bob Ondarza ... special thanks
Gary Price ... special thanks
Trina Quinn ... special thanks
Scott Rhodes ... special thanks
Ben Saffer ... special thanks
Luke Savisky ... special thanks
Ferrell A. Shinnick ... special thanks (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Edward L. Shirley ... special thanks
Matt Slimmer ... special thanks
Mari Beth Tackett ... special thanks
K. Treadway ... special thanks
Tchiya Amet Vela ... special thanks
Clark Walker ... special thanks (as Clark Lee Walker)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream(s) of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld. While trying to figure out a way to wake up, he runs into many people on his way; some of which offer one sentence asides on life, others delving deeply into existential questions and life's mysteries. We become the main character. It becomes our dream and our questions being asked and answered. Can we control our dreams? What are they telling us about life? About death? About ourselves and where we come from and where we are going? The film does not answer all these for us. Instead, it inspires us to ask the questions and find the answers ourselves. Written by Jeff Mellinger

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Also Known As
  • Waking Life: Prisonnier du rêve (France)
  • Despertando a la vida (Spain)
  • Syneiditi zoi (Greece)
  • Vis si realitate (Romania)
  • 夢醒人生 (Taiwan)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $88,977, 21 Oct 2001

Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie took 3 weeks to shoot and another 3 weeks to edit using Final Cut Pro. It also took 15 months to animate. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Million Dollar Hotel/The Invisible Circus/Head Over Heels (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Mi Otra Mitad de Naranja See more »
Crazy Credits Because almost none of the characters are named, a clip from their appearance is shown during the credits. See more »
Quotes Speed Levitch: On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.
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