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Sleeper [DVD]

Woody Allen , Diane Keaton , Woody Allen    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, Don Keefer
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Jack Grossberg, Jack Rollins, Marshall Brickman, Ralph Rosenblum
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IFB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If Interiors was Woody Allen's Bergman movie, and Stardust Memories was his Fellini movie, then you could say that Sleeper is his Buster Keaton movie. Relying more on visual/conceptual/slapstick gags than his trademark verbal wit, Sleeper is probably the funniest of what would become known as Allen's "early, funny films" and a milestone in his development as a director. Allen plays Miles Monroe, cryogenically frozen in 1973 (he went into the hospital for an ulcer operation) and thawed 200 years later. Society has become a sterile, Big Brother-controlled dystopia, and Miles joins the underground resistance--joined by a pampered rich woman (Diane Keaton at her bubbliest). Among the most famous gags are Miles' attempt to impersonate a domestic-servant robot; the Orgasmatron, a futuristic home appliance that provides instant pleasure; a McDonald's sign boasting how many trillions the chain has served; and an inflatable suit that provides the means for a quick getaway. The kooky thawing scenes were later blatantly (and admittedly) ripped off by Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. --Jim Emerson

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Classic Woody Allen comedy that satirises seventies dystopianism whilst resurrecting the slapstick comedy of the silent-movie age. Miles Monroe (Allen) is a health-food store owner whose body is frozen after an operation goes badly wrong. When he wakes up 200 years later he discovers a world run by a totalitarian government and experiences severe culture shock as he struggles to come to terms with the poet Luna (Diane Keaton), the Orgasmatron, and a resistance movement who wish to destroy the Dictator's Nose.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of it's time 1 Oct 2004
By Touring Mars VINE VOICE
This has got to be Woody Allen's daftest and arguably funniest film, but it's also brilliantly clever and was far ahead of it's time. There are echoes of 'Sleeper' in a myriad of films even today (The Matrix for example), and the 'deeper' issues raised by the film are as relevant today as they were back in '73. America in 2173 is a police-state, where every citizen is catalogued, chipped, recorded and watched. But Allen's character, cryogenically frozen after an operation on an ulcer in 1973 goes wrong, is defrosted and sequestered into the underground movement. All this goes on in futuristic buildings, surrounded by robot servants and electronic dogs, but is set to the ragtime music of Allen and his band, a bizarre idea that works perfectly.
Sleeper is particularly heavy on visual, slapstick comedy, alot of which is brilliantly funny, not least because Allen himself looks like a total space-cadet. But if Allen's attempts at silly slapstick are not quite your cup of tea, there is still plenty of material here to keep you amused. After being awoken 200 years later, Monroe (Allen's character) admits "I knew it was too good to be true... I parked right outside the hospital", and (an Allen classic) "My analyst was a strict Freudian... if I had been going all this time I might even be cured by now".
But yet again, it's the cretins who put out the DVD's who are to blame for the 4 star rating, as the film easily deserves 5. They really haven't gone to too much trouble. Extra features... only a trailer. Actually, it's the best trailer I've seen on a DVD, and contains Allen himself giving a mock-serious synopsis of the film. But the real reason I've marked it down is that someone has seen fit to change a few scenes around.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Twice in the Seventies I literally fell out of my seat in a theater laughing. Once was when the Israeli tanks came over the hill at Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and the other was when they gave Woody Allen's character a drink of water when he was unthawed at the beginning of "Sleeper." Certainly I can explain the first a lot easier than the second, but it might have something to do with the fact that you expect something more cerebral from Allen than letting water fall out of his mouth. But it struck my funny bone in a way my funny bone is rarely touched.
Allen plays Miles Monroe, who finds himself in the far flung future where he has to explain the peculiarities of the 20th century (such as Howard Cosell) to the historians. Of course the point is to critique the present (which is not past) by looking at the future (which has not happened yet). Miles becomes enamored of Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton), who is even more out of touch than the lost in time Miles, and the pair become involved in an attempt by revolutionaries to overthrow the sterile government of the Leader. Miles is not the heroic type, but he needs to impress Luna, who has fallen for the dashing leader of the revolutionaries, Erno Windt (John Beck).
I never really thought of it before, but I can see where "Sleeper" is Allen's Buster Keaton film. Unlike most Allen films there are several funny physical gags, such as Allen having to pretend to be a robotic servant and getting caught in the orgasmatron. Allen does not make a passable Blanche DuBois, but Keaton does a pretty good Brando ("Hah!"). "Sleeper" is the best of the "early funny films" made by Allen (i.e., the ones before "Annie Hall"), mainly because it does not require you to have a thorough knowledge of Russian literature like "Love & Death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Allen's funniest film ever. 16 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The much touted cliche "you either love him or hate him" is overused when applied to Woody Allen, this may be because I love him of course. No other film, with the possible exception of the Oscar winning Annie Hall, combines his sharp New York wit with his masterfully-timed slapstick as well as Sleeper. Diane Keaton yet again shines in a role that fits her like the proverbial glove. Enjoy 90 minutes of pure nonsensical humour. You will never look at one of those automatic toilets in quite the same way again, but don't expect the orgasmatron experience every time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most inventive woody allen movie ever made 29 Jan 2001
By A Customer
In the last few years woody's films have been lacking the creative edge , but to look back at his earlier films reminds us of his inventive / fertive imagination . Right from the outset of this movie you do believe that he has been transported from 1973 greenwich village to the future ( after being cryogenically frozen after a tonsill operation goes wrong ) . The sets , costumes and even the vehicles are all outstanding , this combined with the witty script form a very well observed sci fi comedy . There are very few alternatives out there that meet the standard of this movie , which is now twenty eight years old . If you've never seen a woody allen film this is the one to start with .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
While all of Allen's early comedies are pretty wonderful, this film represents a big leap in technical proficiency. For the first time you sense him really thinking about how the camera is telling the story. And in finding Diane Keaton, Allen was finally paired with an actress who's comedic strengths were a great match for his.

This film relies less on verbal jokes (although there are brilliant lines) and more on visual gags. It almost feels like you're watching a great silent comedy at times.
Better music too, with jazz taking over from traditional score the first time in Allen's films.

A funny, inventive, sophisticated if sometimes wonderfully silly comedy, with almost no dead moments. For me it represents the beginning of the shift from Allen as a brilliantly funny writer and comic who happened to make films, to becoming one of our very best filmmakers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Zany Allen
Before the angst got middle aged and analytical Sleeper is the future on shoestring sci-fi effects which don't cheapen the humour. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mr Steven N Eperjesi
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen quite funny in this one
Some people consider this a great satire on modern life & insight into the future. I thought it was just a straight documentary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ross Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Woody
Bit of a bumer really. Love many of Woody's films but this isn't one of them. Would not recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by J
1.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper
Disappointing to what I thought it would be. Dated jokes but thirty years old what did I expect really my own fault
Published 5 months ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Although this movie is free to watch on youtube I bought it anyway. I have been fond of Woody Allen since a young age when he was on TV. Read more
Published 5 months ago by robert gregson
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody at his whacky best
Classic Woody Allen comedy which is set in the future, Hilarious in a typical crazy way. Everyone should see this film
Published 5 months ago by JULIE WELLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
In parts a homage to the silent greats of comedy and in others a gentle mocking of trendy causes. Still makes me laugh after all the times I have seen it.
Published 6 months ago by Moomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic fun from an inspired producer
What can I say? It's just very, very funny. Woddy Allen, for all his faults, is a great actor. You'll love it.
Published 9 months ago by Paul Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is my favourite Woody Allen film and I hadn't seen it in years. Didn't disappoint - just as funny as I remembered!
Published 13 months ago by ssim67
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper - A Great Movie
I have watched this film many times over the years and still laugh out loud at the funniest scenes. Look out for the sphere being passed around, the orgasmatron and the fight with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J Corrigan
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