Sleeper

Critics Consensus

In Sleeper, Woody Allen's madcap futurist comedy, practically each joke and one-liner hits it target.

100%

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Total Count: 30

81%

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User Ratings: 30,572
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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.

Cast

Woody Allen
as Miles Monroe
Don Keefer
as Dr. Tyron
Don McLiam
as Dr. Agon
Spencer Mulligan
as Jeb Hrmthmg
Marya Small
as Dr. Nero
Mary Gregory
as Dr. Melik
Peter Hobbs
as Dr. Dean
Spencer Milligan
as Jeb Hrmthmg
Stanley Ralph Ross
as Sears Wiggles
Douglas Rain
as Evil Computer
Brian Avery
as Herald Cohen
John McLiam
as Dr. Agon
Jessica Rains
as Woman in the Mirror
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Audience Reviews for Sleeper

  • Jul 24, 2012
    I found it a lot less funny than most of the other Woody Allen movies I've seen.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2012
    Even in the future Woody Allen is an awkward klutz. in sleeper we witness Woody Allen compete in a beauty pageant. be a robot, and Hold a nose hostage. It was typical Woody. My only complaint is it felt to move to fast not really letting you soak in what's going on.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2012
    "Sleeper" is an earlier Woody Allen comedy, which means it has plenty of one-liner filled dialogue and Chaplin-esque slapstick. While it is a witty take on the future, the comedy is pretty antiquated. As a result, modern audiences will likely find it hard to love, but some (like myself) may find it easy to appreciate.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Woody Allen's comedies are always so incredibly watchable and entertaining. For its first hour or so, "Sleeper" is one of the funniest films I've seen. It's cleverly written and acted, and even though some of the jokes are a bit dated, they usually work. The screenplay is riddled with instances of humorous dialogue, but I found a majority of my laughter directed at the running gags and Allen's use of physical comedy. The film's final half hour doesn't work quite as well, and it features some skits that are both overlong and unfunny, but Allen and Keaton are both so radiant and charming in their roles that it's near impossible not to find them amusing.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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