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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 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.


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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,273, 26 October 2007
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Anthony Hopkins chose a moldy, mildewy storage room at the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge, California to film his bedroom dream sequence, because he didn't have to dress the walls to look moldy and mildewy. He also used the Lodge Room as a soundstage for a television news insert for a later bar scene, and filmed the front of the Lodge as an emergency room entrance for his ambulance rush sequence. He signed autographs, posed for pictures, and used one of the Lodge members, and his wife in the exterior scene. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

The movie is shown underneath the credits, rewinding at a high speed. See more »

Connections

Features All About Eve (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Performed by Eurythmics
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Bizarre, Challenging and Experimental
15 April 2008 | by imajestrSee all my reviews

Slipstream is a film written, directed and financed by Anthony Hopkins. If you've seen the previews you will know this looks to be a bizarre film, but I assure you, it's far more bizarre than the trailers make it seem. It's not for everyone, and any viewer has to have a great deal of patience to watch it. Don't expect your typical movie here, and that includes the traditional concept of a plot: Rising action, climax, falling action/conclusion. The movie twists from place to place and never gives much in the way of answers. Towards the very beginning a man runs out of his car and screams, "We've lost the plot!" In a way, that's exactly what this movie is about, but it's never exactly clear what happens in terms of character, or even what the plot is exactly.

Like a Lynch film without his signature twist where the "real world" is suddenly revealed, this film barrels onward into an incredibly strange experiment in film. If you're not into experimental films, or films that give questions and absolutely no answers, DO NOT SEE IT, YOU WILL NOT ENJOY IT. Even if you're into art films or films like David Lynch's, there's no guarantee that you'll like it, but I suggest you give it a rent. If you invest some time in it, I think the randomness starts to take form and meaning, but you have to be patient enough to invest that required time.

Again, to reiterate, if you're not into experimental films, skip this one. To those that are: Rent it, but watch it with an open mind.


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