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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

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An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

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Richard Linklater

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (novel), Richard Linklater (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Cochrane ... Charles Freck
Robert Downey Jr. ... James Barris
Mitch Baker ... Brown Bear Lodge Host
Keanu Reeves ... Bob Arctor
Sean Allen Sean Allen ... Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Cliff Haby Cliff Haby ... Voice from Headquarters (voice)
Steven Chester Prince ... Cop
Winona Ryder ... Donna Hawthorne
Natasha Janina Valdez Natasha Janina Valdez ... Waitress (as Natasha Valdez)
Mark Turner Mark Turner ... Additional Hank Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Woody Harrelson ... Ernie Luckman
Chamblee Ferguson ... Medical Deputy #2
Angela Rawna ... Medical Deputy #1
Eliza Stevens ... Arctor's Daughter #1
Sarah Menchaca Sarah Menchaca ... Arctor's Daughter #2
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Storyline

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Arctor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for drug and sexual content, language and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una mirada a la oscuridad See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$391,672, 9 July 2006

Gross USA:

$5,501,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,659,918
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2013. See more »

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When Bob leaves Donna's apartment after she rejected him because of "snorting too much coke", Donna runs after him barefoot. In the parking lot however she suddenly wears sandals. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Freck: [on the phone] I looked them up. They're aphids. They're in my hair, on my skin, in my lungs. And the pain, Barris, it's unreasonable. They're all over the place. Oh, they've completely gotten Millie too.
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Crazy Credits

The "Phil" mentioned in the "in memoriam" list as having permanent pancreatic damage is Philip K. Dick himself. See more »

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Featured in AniMat's Classic Reviews: A Scanner Darkly (2015) See more »

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Pure Phillip K. paranoia
17 July 2006 | by illusionationSee all my reviews

Saw this film today in a theater with no air conditioning on the hottest day of the year...pretty fitting for a movie about claustrophobic paranoia. I'd been looking forward to seeing this from the first time I saw the trailer. Whatever can be said about this film, there is no denying it's totally unique look. After awhile, you begin to get used to the rotoscoping and then suddenly, there will be something thrown in that will call attention to itself and remind you that you are watching animation. I am a fan of Dick's work, but have not yet read the novel upon which this film is based. Great performances all around and kudos to Linklater for his fantastic vision. The film could be considered a bit talky to the average moviegoer, but is much appreciated by fans of cerebral sci-fi. Fascinating premise is told through interesting blend of suspense and comedy. Not for everyone, but certainly worth a look. Certain to become a cult classic.


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