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Sleeper (1973)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Sleeper (1973)

In director Woody Allen's classic sci-fi comedy farce:

  • the many slapstick sequences and sight gags
  • the scene of Greenwich Village health food store owner and ex-clarinet player Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) - now waking up 200 years later - transported into the future year of 2173 - his quips upon hearing he'd been frozen for 200 years: ("Like spending a weekend in Beverly Hills" and "I haven't seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian. If I'd been going all this time, I'd probably almost be cured by now")
  • his attempts to hide from the government, first by impersonating a personal domestic servant-robot (with comedy slapstick reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton)
  • his servanthood in the house of eccentric, vain, and talentless poetess Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton) during a party
  • his creation of a giant-sized pudding that attacked and must be beaten down with a broom
  • the scene of the passing of the silver metal orgasm-inducing "Orb" from guest to guest
  • the riotous scene at the robot factory where Miles was threatened with having his head screwed off
  • the reprogramming-brainwashing scene in which Miles was given new clothes, an apartment, and an electronic pet dog named Rags
  • the contented look on Miles' face as he exited the cylindrical Orgasmatron
  • the shot of a 22nd-century McDonalds sign (with 795 trillions of hamburgers sold)
  • the scene of Miles' repeatedly slipping on the banana peel of the giant, genetically-modified fruit in a garden
  • the scene that parodied A Streetcar Named Desire
  • the scene of the Great Leader's giant disembodied nose being flattened by a steamroller
  • the classic closing line by Miles when Luna asked what he believed in: "Sex and death. Two things that come once in a lifetime -- but at least after death you're not nauseous" - followed by a passionate kiss


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