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Cast: Mark James, Stella Weir, John Slate


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Richard Linklater's Slacker stands as one of the landmark American independent films of the '90s. Criterion has given the film its first DVD release, and the film comes with an embarrassment of riches. The film itself is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Three different


Richard Linklater's Slacker stands as one of the landmark American independent films of the '90s. Criterion has given the film its first DVD release, and the film comes with an embarrassment of riches. The film itself is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Three different commentary tracks are available for the film. They feature a variety of people who worked on the film both in front of and behind the camera. There are copious supplemental materials packed onto this two-disc set. Linklater enthusiasts will be most pleased with the inclusion of the director's little-seen first film, It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books, with a commentary track by him. A ten-minute short made as sort of a first pass at the Slacker style, footage from an anniversary party held for the film's tenth birthday, a preview of a documentary about one of the cafes used as a location in the film, audition tapes, and an essay written by Linklater about the culture he was attempting to comment on in the movie all add depth to the viewer's understanding of the film. Still photos, home movies, trailers, deleted scenes, an early Linklater short, and the film's working script round, out this seemingly perfect DVD.

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).

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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound supervised by director Richard Linklater and directory of photography Lee Daniel, made from the original 16mm film element; Audio commentaries featuring Richard Linklater and members of the cast and crew; It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by Linklater, available here for the first time on home video; Rare casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the over 100-member cast; Deleted scenes and on-set footage; Footage from the Slacker, 10th Anniversary Reunion in Austin, Texas in 200; Original theatrical trailer; Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos, and early script versions; History of the Austin Film Society, founded by Linklater with Lee Daniel, including early flyers from screenings; Booklet featuring reviews, essays, production notes, an introduction to Plow by director Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop, The Shooting), an essay by John Pierson (Spike Mike Reloaded: A Guided Tour Across a decade of American Independent Cinema) and a complete cast and crew listing; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station [4:40]
2. Looks Like Some Guy Ran Over His Mom [6:49]
3. The Obsessiveness, the Utterly Passive [1:55]
4. There's Not That Many Perverts Around [5:19]
5. You Boys Done Male Bonding Yet? [2:36]
6. Sometimes He Has Good Dreams [2:37]
7. You Could Say They Put Me There [1:41]
8. Closer to the Rock God Herself Than Just a Poster [3:53]
9. Terrorism Is the Surgical Strike Capability of the Oppressed [1:19]
10. The Next Person Who Passes Us Will Be Dead Within a Fortnight [2:15]
11. You Should Never Traumatize a Woman With Sexual Intercourse [2:16]
12. It's Like Premeditated Fun [2:10]
13. A Series Originating and Repeated to Infinity [3:47]
14. Bits and Pieces From Your Authoritative Sources [2:59]
15. Profiles in Cowardice or Conspiracy A-Go-Go [3:58]
16. It's Practically a Big Block Now [3:48]
17. Dance on His Grave [2:10]
18. Every Single Commodity You Produce Is a Piece of Your Own Death [2:14]
19. She Was in My Ethics Class [2:01]
20. There Was Such a Thing as Belief Put Into Action in Those Days [6:57]
21. This Dormant Potential [5:36]
22. A Total Recalibration of My Mind [3:10]
23. They Don't Want Some Smurf Leaving the Hive Colony [2:40]
24. We're Always Trying to Enslave Ourselves [2:54]
25. Want to Make Somebody's Life Hell? [4:48]
26. Let's Put Squeaky Fromme on the One-Dollar Bill [3:09]
27. I'm an Anti-Artist [2:34]
28. Late Night Pickup [1:39]
29. This Instinct for Life Somehow Asserts Itself [1:05]
30. A Free Weapons Giveaway Program [1:09]
31. Die Grasskop Polka [2:39]
32. Strangers Die Everyday [3:04]
1. My Own Backyard [4:40]
2. Kitchen-Sink Movie [6:49]
3. Captain Quackenbush's [1:55]
4. Unaccredited Information [5:19]
5. Active Nonparticipant [2:36]
6. Jack Meredith [2:37]
7. Anti-Acting School [1:41]
8. Will Madonna Be Around? [3:53]
9. Bummer, Negative, Loser Types [1:19]
10. Always Take the Freebie [2:15]
11. "Is Everyone in Austin Crazy?" [2:16]
12. Anti-Chamber of Commerce Piece [2:10]
13. Casting From Everywhere [3:47]
14. Secondary Sources [2:59]
15. Favorite Scene [3:58]
16. Eight Months [3:48]
17. Charles Gunning [2:10]
18. Seattle Film Festival [2:14]
19. Mackey and McCarty [2:01]
20. Loving the Mayhem [6:57]
21. Scary White Guy Who Snaps [5:36]
22. Crew in the Scene [3:10]
23. Drunk Actors [2:40]
24. Parallel Films [2:54]
25. About Structure [4:48]
26. Setting the Tone [3:09]
27. Ed Hall and Wammo [2:34]
28. Generation X [1:39]
29. Experimental Movie [1:05]
30. Commodity [1:09]
31. Psychic Minefield [2:39]
32. Music of My People [3:04]
1. "Hey You, Slacker!" [4:40]
2. Having His Life [6:49]
3. Baton Pass [1:55]
4. Magic Carpet Ride [5:19]
5. Those Shorts [2:36]
6. Intense Interior Life [2:37]
7. Small Legends [1:41]
8. Big Yuppie Fuck [3:53]
9. Mark Mouth [1:19]
10. From My Life [2:15]
11. Happy Hawaiian Way [2:16]
12. Austin Film Society [2:10]
13. Editing Joyce [3:47]
14. Cher? [2:59]
15. Personal Best [3:58]
16. Gen X Mentality [3:48]
17. Doug the Slug [2:10]
18. College Town [2:14]
19. Film Scene [2:01]
20. Prim Enough? [6:57]
21. Techie Shit [5:36]
22. Denise [3:10]
23. "Oi as Fuck" [2:40]
24. Spirit of Austin [2:54]
25. Free in California [4:48]
26. Not About Slackers [3:09]
27. "Hey You, Passed Out!" [2:34]
28. The Gorgon [1:39]
29. Stolen Beer [1:05]
30. Celebration of the Underground [1:09]
31. How to Connect? [2:39]
32. A Scrapbook [3:04]
1. The Slacker Seven [4:40]
2. Pico de Gallo [6:49]
3. Self-Imposed Limitations [1:55]
4. So Professional [5:19]
5. The Co-Op Scene [2:36]
6. Visual Rules [2:37]
7. Last-Minute Locations [1:41]
8. Fuck Art, Let's Dance! [3:53]
9. Out-of-Date Images [1:19]
10. 120-Degree Day [2:15]
11. Clicking on All Cylinders [2:16]
12. Night-for-Day [2:10]
13. Ruins of a Police Station [3:47]
14. The "Relationship" Scene [2:59]
15. Giving Away Secrets [3:58]
16. Car Talk [3:48]
17. Operating While Driving [2:10]
18. Café Scenes Cut [2:14]
19. Connecting Scenes [2:01]
20. Disaster Articles Collage [6:57]
21. Clark's Big Scene [5:36]
22. Jinxed Scene [3:10]
23. Editing for Pacing [2:40]
24. Drunk Actors [2:54]
25. Fast Film Stocks [4:48]
26. Dollying Down Guadalupe [3:09]
27. Skaters and Musicians [2:34]
28. Wedges in the Shot [1:39]
29. The Walkman Pro [1:05]
30. Citation for Campaigning [1:09]
31. Running With Cameras [2:39]
32. Leave Only Footprints [3:04]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Letter Tape #1 [4:01]
2. Groceries, Laundry, ATM [2:12]
3. At Home [3:01]
4. Heading North [4:15]
5. First Stop [4:13]
6. Missoula, Montana [4:09]
7. Hiking [3:57]
8. Hanging Out [9:03]
9. Westward [6:12]
10. San Francisco [5:19]
11. Airport [2:33]
12. Homeward [5:52]
13. Austin [4:06]
14. Letter Tape #2 [1:19]
15. Road Trip [4:13]
16. Family Thing [3:10]
17. Downtown [2:40]
18. Mom's House [4:38]
19. Afternoon [7:40]
20. Another Day [3:08]
1. Starting Out [4:01]
2. Looking Back at the Film [2:12]
3. Stanley Kubrick Film School [3:01]
4. Obsessed With Banality [4:15]
5. Confidence Along the Way [4:13]
6. Anti-MTV Film [4:09]
7. The Viewer's Experience [3:57]
8. Composition [9:03]
9. A Writer First [6:12]
10. This Was My Thesis [5:19]
11. Documentary Style [2:33]
12. Crew of Kids [5:52]
13. Editing in My Head [4:06]
14. Acting in Your Own Movies [1:19]
15. Tapes and Tickets [4:13]
16. Tolerant Family [3:10]
17. You Are the D.J. [2:40]
18. Getting the Most for the Least [4:38]
19. Dream Life [7:40]
20. Ending a Film [3:08]


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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!