Sleeper (1973)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  

USA, 1973.  , Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by Woody Allen.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Woody Allen‘s funniest pre-Annie Hall comedy is this terrific romp set in the distant future. He plays a New Yorker who wakes up in a hospital room two hundred years after he was put to sleep and frozen in time by his physician; he had originally gone in for minor dental surgery and unknowingly became a cryogenics experiment. Now he has to survive a way-groovy future world where bubble cars are used for travel and sex is accomplished with the help of an ‘orgasmatron’.  plays his delightful love interest, and the two of them come up with classic comedy moments you’ll love watching again and again. A plot involving political intrigue feels a bit out of place towards the end, but otherwise it’s genius material.

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