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Slipstream (2007)

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Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

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Anthony Hopkins

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Anthony Hopkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Bonhoeffer
Stella Hopkins ... Gina (as Stella Arroyave)
Christian Slater ... Ray / Matt Dobbs / Patrolman #2
John Turturro ... Harvey Brickman
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Mort / Phil Henderson / Patrolman
Camryn Manheim ... Barbara
Jeffrey Tambor ... Geek / Jeffrey / Dr. Geekman
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Bonnie
Fionnula Flanagan ... Bette Lustig
Michael Lerner ... Big Mikey
Christopher Lawford ... Lars
Lisa Pepper ... Tracy / Nurse
Gavin Grazer ... Gavin / Ambulance Driver
Aaron Tucker ... Chauffeur / Aaron
Lana Antonova ... Lily
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Storyline

An actor and would-be screenwriter, who at the very moment of his meeting with Fate, comes to discover that life is random and fortune is sightless. He is thrown into a vortex where time, dreams, and reality collide in an increasingly whirling slipstream. It's a surreal and dreamlike tale of one man's journey. Written by Gregg Brilliant

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I've got to get back.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Slipstream Dream See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,273, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$8,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,769
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stella Hopkins (Gina) is Writer and Director Sir Anthony Hopkins' wife. See more »

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When characters Betty Lustig and Gina get in their vehicle, the California plate has one number; yet, as their drive continues, the license plate numbers have changed. See more »

Quotes

Vulture: Have a nice day.
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The movie is shown underneath the credits, rewinding at a high speed. See more »

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Features Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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A flawed masterpiece
19 June 2008 | by frobozSee all my reviews

Most quick and flashy MTV-inspired editing is unbearable to me. Either it is one-dimensional like John Woo's 'Paycheck', where there is only one string of attention to follow, designed by the director, or it is a claustrophobic idiocy akin to the last fifteen minutes of Saw III - movies where the cutting of the movie or a camera movement has sound effects. I knew next to nothing about Slipstream when watching it, and was amazed to see a movie where quick editing felt open and refreshing. It is expertly made, with some of the most virtuoso sound editing you will ever hear, but instead of stress the quick cuts construct the brutal awareness of deep sleep. The movie itself is flawed, as it is a blend of two things. One is probably the original idea, a somewhat whimsy comedy about a movie writer interacting with his own movie. The other is the fantastic scenes that emerged, of which the early scenes with a traffic queue and a madman is the best example. It is made in a way that resembles the way our minds store strong memories, like those from the childhood. The acting in the movie is also great, with the exception of some overacting that is supposedly meant to show funny Hollywood movie producers and directors. But that belongs to the original idea, which Anthony Hopkins should have abandoned along the way, to instead develop the piece of art that this almost became.


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