Rent Sleeper (1973)

3.5 of 5 from 161 ratings
1h 24min
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Synopsis:
When cryogenically preserved Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) is awakened 200 years after a hospital mishap, he discovers the future's not so bright: All women are frigid, all men are impotent, and the world is ruled by an evil dictator: a disembodied nose! Pursued by the secret police and recruited by anti-government rebels with a plan to kidnap the dictator's snout before it can be cloned, Miles falls for the beautiful - but untalented - poet Luna (Diane Keaton). But when Miles is captured and reprogrammed by the government to believe he's Miss America, it's up to Luna to save Miles, lead the rebels and cut off the nose…just to spite its face.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jack Grossberg
Voiced By:
John Cannon, Jackie Mason, Douglas Rain
Writers:
Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Classics, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/02/2001
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/10/2016
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (2) of Sleeper

One of Woody's early 'funny' films - Sleeper review by CP Customer

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21/09/2005

Regarding his recent output, perhaps Mr Allen finds life less amusing now. I sympathise. But there is solace in the many pleasures Sleeper has to offer. After 32 years, not only does it still look good, but the music is also great, and the gags are a perfect highbrow/lowbrow mixture, meaning that the kids and I can be equally entertained.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Bonanza of great one liners. - Sleeper review by Steve

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17/02/2021

With Sleeper, Woody reached an early peak. The character of the cowardly, neurotic New York Jewish intellectual was in place. He looked to Bob Hope for mannerisms and his hesitant speaking style (and bursts of poetic gallantry). And the physical humour could only be more suggestive of Buster Keaton if it was in b&w. The scenes with Woody imitating a robot butler about to get his head replaced is all time great silent slapstick.

 It is a sci-fi comedy. Woody wakes up 200 years after a botched operation on his ulcer, trademark glasses still in place, into a society like Brave New World. Which allows for comic comparisons between the now vanished Greenwich Village and the mock-Californian culture that has replaced it.

Interestingly, like Bananas, the plot concerns a rebel movement driven to replace a totalitarian dictator (Keaton even sings the rebel song from that film). Woody scored the film and recorded the ragtime soundtrack which is used to great effect during the slapstick scenes.

 The film represents a giant leap forward for Woody. This isn't an inconsistent film, it all works. There is nothing here that is of questionable taste. And best of all, is Diane Keaton, a co-lead who shares a felicitous rapport with the star but is also equally a great comedy actor and even introduces a glimmer of genuine romance. When she is on, everything is a little more fun.

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