Sleeper

Sleeper

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Cast: Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory

     
 

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In 1973, health-food store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles' sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother's body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a "brave new world" of deadening conformity, ruled with an… See more details below

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In 1973, health-food store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles' sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother's body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a "brave new world" of deadening conformity, ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen leader. Miles is forced to flee for his life when the scientists -- actually a group of revolutionary activists -- are overpowered by the leader's police. He eludes the cops by pretending to be an android, and in this guise is sent to work at the home of Luna (Diane Keaton), a composer of greeting cards who thinks that the world of the future is perfect as it stands. There's more, but why spoil your fun? Sleeper is the most visual of Woody Allen's earlier films, and demonstrated a more pronounced rapport between Allen and his off- and onscreen leading lady Diane Keaton than had previously existed. The Dixieland score is performed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Four years before his Oscar-winning breakthrough with Annie Hall, Woody Allen was still deep in absurdist humor, and, over the course of Sleeper's 88 minutes, he wins a beauty contest, kidnaps a nose, transforms into Blanche DuBois, impersonates a robot, is strangled by a giant tape machine, battles a glob of pudding, reveals the truth about Richard Nixon, and slips on a banana peel three times his size. On a belly-laugh scale, Sleeper is one of the most enjoyable works he's ever produced. While the humor is broad, it's hardly unintelligent, delving into political and social commentary, as Allen's Miles makes his way as the lone survivor of the 20th century. Diane Keaton plays second fiddle, but she's a good straight woman and begins to display the comic flair that would soon make her famous. This was the first movie to feature Allen's love of classic jazz; the up-tempo Dixieland score by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Allen on clarinet, plays a key role in propelling the movie's rip-roaring comic tempo. Woody Allen may have made more personal and moving films, but he rarely made one funnier than Sleeper.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2013
UPC:
0883904284888
Original Release:
1973
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
76,258

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Miles Monroe
Diane Keaton Luna Schlosser
John Beck Erno Windt
Mary Gregory Dr. Melik
Don Keefer Dr. Tryon
Howard Cosell Actor
Spencer Mulligan Jeb Hrmthmg
Stanley Ralph Ross Sears Wiggles
Whitney Rydbeck Janus
John McLiam Dr. Agon
Lou Picetti M. C
Jessica Rains Woman in Mirror
Douglas Rain Evil Computer
Chris Forbes Rainer Krebs
Bartlett Robinson Dr. Orva
Marya Small Dr. Nero
Peter Hobbs Dr. Dean
Susan Miller Ellen Pogrebin
Brian Avery Herald Cohen
Mark Gordon Actor

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Del Acevedo Makeup
M. James Arnett Stunts
Marshall Brickman Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Jerry Endler Special Effects
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Fred T. Gallo Asst. Director
Felix Giglio Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Grossberg Producer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Ron Kalish Editor
Henry J. Lange Asst. Director
Gary Moreno Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Rosenblum Associate Producer,Editor
Joel Schumacher Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Dianne I. Wager Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
David M. Walsh Cinematographer

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