“I wanna go back to sleep! If I don’t get at least 600 years, I’m grouchy all day.”
Response to Peary’s Review:
For such a silly story, Sleeper is surprisingly full of memorable moments: few will be able to forget the botched “nose cloning” sequence near the end of the film, for instance, or the movie’s coterie of futuristic “gadgets” — including the efficient Orgasmatron box, the drug-providing “Orb” (which provokes Allen into a rare fit of laughter on-screen), and some instant chocolate pudding powder which quickly grows out of Allen’s control. Though most of the supporting actors are unknowns, Keaton — in her second film with Allen, after Play it Again Sam — is charmingly nutty as Allen’s foil and love interest, who undergoes a dramatic transformation from squealing hedonist to committed revolutionary; meanwhile, Allen himself has loopy fun channeling Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Bob Hope (among others). Like the best must-see films, Sleeper — which, mercifully, never takes itself too seriously — can easily be revisited by film fanatics from time to time, and is the perfect introductory Allen movie to show to one’s non-ff friends.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)