All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Woody Allen takes a nostalgic look at the future.
Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.
Sleeper was my first exposure to Woody Allen. I knew nothing of him, other than seeing an odd looking bespectacled man on the cover of Time magazine that was sitting on the coffee table a few years previous. It wasn’t the promise of Allen’s comedy, but rather the movie poster featuring a robot in a helicopter chair clutching a shrieking damsel that drew me into the shopping mall theatre that Saturday so many years ago.
My predominant memory was of my 14 year old self laughing so riotously hard that tears were streaming down my face, and I thought it a very real possibility that I would throw up.
I have seen it since, but it’s been ages. When this…
In "Sleeper," Woody Allen sends up the future while skewering the past and present in a film that starts off well before descending into silliness. Allen's standard comic sensibilities are on display as he weaves jokes about intellectuals, art, sex, and romance into smart-but-goofy blend of science fiction and comedy.
Beginning nearly two centuries in the future, the film finds a man from the 1970s thawed from a cryogenically induced slumber and forced to deal with an array a technological, cultural, and political changes. The sci-fi canvas allows star/director/co-writer, Allen, to amusingly attack his typical foils. Allen's character becomes a medical oddity, robot worker, and put-upon revolutionary in the span of 90 minutes.
The comedy ranges from smart and satirical,…
Performances : 6/10
Story : 5.5/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 5.83/10
The first act of Sleeper is absolutely fucking hilarious. It's terrific. It's like Woody Allen's ode to the visual gag. Half slapstick genius and half neurotic brilliance, this film kicks off with a bang, telling a promising fish out of water story peppered with Allen's usual tricks.
The issue being that after that first third the laughs drop off twice the size of the one Woody drives his VW off of. What started off as a smart, original and hilarious story veers into this strange, almost TOO wacky series of missed one-liners. I don't know...maybe it's my fault for losing interest. I just don't see how over…
I don't know what the hell I'm doing here. I'm 237 years old, I should be collecting social security.
Even though I think Annie Hall and Manhattan are brilliant films, I've never been much of a fan of Woody Allen's. Right or wrong I've always felt he plays the same character in every film and has a tendency to portray himself as the suffering intellectual marooned in a sea of ignorance.
Now I'll admit that's a weird opinion to have considering I've never seen a Wooday Allen film that I didn't enjoy on some level. I'm not even sure where that started, but I can say this is the earliest film I've seen of his and the first…
One of the strangest gaps in my filmwatching has been the lack of Woody Allen films I've seen recently.
In fact, I haven't seen a Woody Allen film in at least 13 or 14 years with the last one being Small Time Crooks, which I still regard as an extremely underrated and thoroughly enjoyable crime comedy. I'm not really sure why I haven't watched any of his films since then. It could be that few of his titles since then have really compelled me to watch them, but there are a couple of notables from earlier in his career that I also haven't seen yet such as Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose Of Cairo.
Another one of Woody Allen's early funny films. A futuristic story clever and witty as always.
This film is not to be taking seriously, it's supposed to be stupidly funny and provide you with a great time of entertainment. In Sleeper Woody Allen combined verbal and a lot of physical humour, delivering a great performance together with Dianne Keaton.
The concept of the story is very cool, all of the futuristic the design sets and vehicles are minimalist and original.
Social satire is also very present, specially in political aspects. Woody's back in 1973 was trying to show how the world could be exaclty the same in those aspects even 200 years ahead of it's time, and it is also another proof that even today some things are not different or ever will be in the future.
Some of the films in Woody Allen's oeuvre have made the jump for me from "that's fine" to "that's quite good", but I don't think any has made the jump from "that's quite good" to "oh this is a goddamn masterwork" until this rewatch of Sleeper. Right from the start, the futuristic sets show homage to 2001 (Douglas Rain, voice of HAL 9000, also does voice work here) but this is not the long, serious sci-fi fare of Kubrick, this is a balls to the wall zany comedy dressed in sci-fi clothes. Woody's comedy here is so sharp here from the get go ("That's a photograph of Norman Mailer. He was a very great writer. He donated his ego to…
This film gets bogged down by a plot it doesn't want to have.
A lumpy comedy with some good laughs, but also a hell of a lot of misfires. When the jokes rely on Woody Allen making silly faces the movie falls flat, but the set pieces and futuristic ideas can be very funny at times. Some of the jokes are made funnier with time - for example, Allen's character is woken up after 200 years asleep and comments that he should have invested in Polaroid stocks because he could have made a fortune. (yes, the company still exists but is no longer the huge brand name it was in the 1970's)
There is some really choppy pacing to the story at the end of the 2nd Act - involving Miss America candidates…
A lot better when I was younger, but still a hilarious film.
Sleeper unfortunately loses its steam near the end with a disappointing third act, but everything else that came before it is great as the screenplay is fantastic, the humor is superb with many great lines and the mix of science fiction parody and an homage to the silent comedies is such an authentic one and the movie succeeds in both of those areas. It is a flawed, but an incredibly entertaining, energetic, offbeat and funny flick.
Is this the only science fiction movie with a ragtime jazz soundtrack?
This is my favorite of Woody Allen's zany 1970s comedies, and it's probably no coincidence that it's also the one to first pair him with one of his film muses, Diane Keaton.
Allen plays a man who has been cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later in a much-altered future world. Of course, much of the fun in watching this movie now comes from seeing a guess at what a future world would look like from a 1973 perspective (dig that Orgasmatron!) But aside from that, the film is filled with hilarious sight gags and one-liners. Highlights include Allen's attempts to drive a wheel chair, giant carrots, and a hysterical chase scene in which Keaton puts on a gigantic inflatable suit and Allen rides her across a pond.
Sleeper is a great film in the body of woody allens filmography but it is the crown jewel of his early comedies. Sleeper is right at the tail-end of when Allen ceased his straight comic reputation and begun to dabble in genre filmmaking. Narratively Sleeper leaves some things to be desired but the ledgendary chemistry between Allen and Diane Keaton is opperating at full steam and it totally compensates. Between the ridiculousness of the future and Woody Allens inherent neuroses there's a really charming display of pageantry in Sleeper, and I can feel an aurora of fun ooze from right out the screen.
An early Woody Allen. One of the funny ones. A long line of gags centred on a theme. 1) The theme is a dystopian future. But the vision of the future is just the catalyst for the jokes. 2) It is much more a satire on contemporary America. (Seeing it with my teenage son I felt I should be explaining everything: providing footnotes about Nixon, etc.). That they have found that cream and sugar are good for you is amusing, but not startling humour. There is a lot of satire on early 1970s consumer hedonism, easy sex and drugs, but it is fairly straightforward (and, although Allen might be identified with the 1960s, he is older, his attitudes to the…
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