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Slacker
     

Slacker

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Director: Richard Linklater, Mark James, Stella Weir, John Slate

Cast: Richard Linklater, Mark James, Stella Weir, John Slate

 

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One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street

Overview

One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword, one interchangeable with the similarly-overused "Generation X." Regardless, the film is an evocative reflection of a community and its culture and remains a definitive artifact of its time and place.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
History may be written by the winners, but in movies like Slacker we learn that life's lovable losers often have a far more engaging story to tell. The spiritual anomie afflicting the generation of the then-29-year-old director Richard Linklater provides the backdrop for this meandering and essentially plot-less tale. These college-aged people in Austin, Texas have the freedom and resources to do just about anything, but they choose instead to do nothing. There is a morbid attractiveness to their subversiveness. In most cases, their non-participation in life is a well thought-out stance: "Withdrawing in disgust is not the same thing as apathy," as one of the slackers informs us. Like others before them (beatniks, hippies, punks), this generation of twenty-somethings need time to sort things out. The movie's titular characters represent America's subconscious; these are the midnight neuroses that we keep bottled up in our waking hours. Comparisons to such filmmakers as Luis Bunuel and Max Ophuls are apt, as Linklater's stream of consciousness direction follows a winding road that leads to no particular place at all. Ironically, this studied attempt to appear unscripted and spontaneous succeeds mainly because it is so carefully plotted. Thankfully, Linklater clearly identifies with his subjects, and celebrates their wackiness without resorting to a bitterly ironic pose that would have distanced us from the characters. The film's 97 minutes -- made for $23,000 -- provided more filmmaking bang for the buck than just about any film of the early 1990s; Slacker's no-budget breakthrough success prefigured other Sundance discoveries such as Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi (1992) and Kevin Smith's Clerks (1994).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
UPC:
0715515110419
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
19,542

Special Features

Restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater and director of photography Lee Daniel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack; Three audio commentaries, featuring Linklater and members of the cast and crew; It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first feature, with commentary by the director; Woodshock (1985), a 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel; Casting tapes featuring select "auditions"; Footage from the Slacker tenth-anniversary reunion; Early film treatment; Home movies; Ten-minute trailer for a 2005 documentary about the landmark Austin café Les Amis; Deleted scenes and alternate takes; Trailer; ; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by author and filmmaker John Pierson and Sony Pictures Classics copresident Michael Barker; reviews by critics Ron Rosenbaum and Chris Walters; production notes by Linklater; and an introduction to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Linklater Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station
Mark James Hit-and-run Son
Stella Weir Stephanie from Dallas
John Slate "Conspiracy A-Go-Go" Author
Louis Mackey Old Anarchist
Joseph Jones Old Man Recording Thoughts
Steve Anderson Actor
Jean Caggeine Actor
Janelle Coolich Actor
Skip Fulton Actor
Nick Maffei Actor
D. Montgomery Actor
Rachel Reinhardt Actor
Scott Rhodes Actor
Kalman Spellitich Actor
Kevin Thompson Actor
Scott Van Horn Actor
Heather West Actor
Rudy Basquez Taxi Driver
Jan Hockey Jogger
Stephan Hockey Running Late
Samuel Dietert Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Bob Boyd Officer Bozzio
Terrence Kirk Officer Love
Keith McCormack Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies Walking to Coffee Shop
Dan Kratochvil Espresso Czar/Masonic Malcontent
Maris Strautmanis Giant Cappuccino
Brecht Andersch Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Tom Pallotta Looking for Missing Friend
Jerry Deloney Been on the Moon Since the 50's
John Spath Co-op Guy
Ron Marks Bush Basher
Daniel Dugan Comb Game Player
Brian Crockett Sadistic Comb Game Player
Scott Marcus Ultimate Loser
Teresa Taylor Papsmear Pusher
Mark Harris T-Shirt Terrorist
Greg Wilson Anti-Traveller
Debbie Pastor Wants to Leave Country
Gina Lalli Sidewalk Psychic
Sharon Roos Devoted Follower
Frank Orrall Happy-Go-Lucky Guy
Abra Moore Has Change
Lori Capp Traumatized Yacht Owner
Gus Vayas Cranky Cook
Louis Black Paranoid Paper Reader
Don Stroud Recluse in Bathrobe
Aleister Barron Peeping Kid
Albans Benchoff Coke Machine Robber
Nigel Benchoff Budding Capitalist Youth
Kevin Whitley Jilted Boyfriend
Robert Pierson Based on Authoritative Sources
Sarah Harmon Has Faith in Groups
Lee Daniel GTO
Charles Gunning Hitchhiker Awaiting "True Call"
Tamsy Ringler Video Interviewer
Luke Savisky Video Cameraman
Meg Brennan Sitting at Cafe
Phillip Hostak Hit Up for Cigarettes
D. Angus MacDonald Video Playing Store Security
Shelly Kristaponis Shoplifter
Kathy McCarty Anarchist's Daughter
Michael Laird Burglar
Clark Lee Walker Cadillac Crook
Mimi Vitetta Teacup Sculpter
Susannah Simone Working on Same Painting
Bruce Hughes Card Playing Waiter
Keith Fletcher Cafe Card Player #1
Eric Buehlman Cafe Card Player #2
R. Malice Scooby Doo Philosopher
Mark Quirk Papa Smurf
Kim Krizan Questions Happiness
Annick Souhami Has Conquered Fear of Rejection
Regina Garza Smoking Writer
Stephen Jacobson S-T-E-V-E with a Van
Eric Lord Doorman at Club
Kelly Linn Bike Rider with Nice Shoes
Stewart Bennet Sitting on Ledge
Nolan Morrison To Be Buried By History
Kyle Rosenblad Going to Catch a Show
Ed Hall Band Playing at Club
Lucinda Scott Dairy Queen Photographer
Wammo Anti-Artist
Marianne Hyatt Late Night Pick-up
Gary Price Watching Early Morning TV
Kendal Smith Post-Modern Paul Revere
Sean Coffey Super 8 Cameraman
Jennifer Carroll All-Night Partier
Charlotte Norris Convertible Driver
Patrice Sullivan Day Tripper
Greg Ward Tosses Camera Off Cliff
Robert Jacks Club Owner [uncredited]

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lee Daniel Cinematographer
Debbie Pastor Art Director
Deborah Pastor Production Designer
Scott Rhodes Editor

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Slacker 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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What a treat it was when I first stumbled onto this film. This is my generation and my college days. One of the things I like about the film is its insightfulness into the working of day to day conversations. The nodding heads of listeners who are oblivious to what you are saying. And maybe they should be oblivious. The ending trails off into apparent nothingness and maybe it should. It was the only part I didn't care for. This is not a movie for dull people. It possesses a strong similarity to 'Waking Life'.
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I swear ... at one time or another during the early 90's I was each and every character in this movie or maybe I just knew them... this movie is like an acurate slice of time... some of the best.. most interesting characters ever put on film.... I give it five ramen-noodles and two thumbs up!