Escape from New York
Escape from New York is a 1981 American post-apocalyptic science-fiction action film co-written, co-scored and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in what was the near-future year of 1997, in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New York City into the country's maximum security prison; when Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists and crashes into New York City, ex-soldier and federal prisoner Snake Plissken is given 24 hours to rescue the President of the United States. Carpenter wrote the film in the mid-1970s in reaction to the Watergate scandal. After the success of Halloween, he had enough influence to begin production and filmed it in St. Louis, Missouri on an estimated budget of $6 million. Debra Hill and Larry J. Franco served as the producers; the film was co-written by Nick Castle, who had collaborated with Carpenter by portraying Michael Myers in Halloween. Escape from New York was released in the United States on July 10, 1981; the film received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office.
The film was nominated for four Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. The film became a cult classic and was followed by a sequel, Escape from L. A., directed and written by Carpenter and starred Russell but was much less favorably received. In 1988, following a 400% increase in crime, the United States government has turned Manhattan into a giant maximum-security prison. A 50-foot containment wall surrounds the island, routes out of Manhattan have been dismantled or mined, while armed helicopters patrol the rivers, all prisoners there are sentenced to life, with no means of leaving. In 1997, NATO is engaged in an escalating war with the Soviet Union across much of Europe, which threatens to imminently become a global nuclear holocaust. While traveling to a peace summit between the United States and the Soviet Union, Air Force One is hijacked by a domestic terrorist posing as a stewardess; the President is given a tracking bracelet and his briefcase handcuffed to his wrist — a move which could defuse hostilities and bring peace between the Superpowers.
He makes it to an escape pod, lands in Manhattan just before Air Force One crashes, killing everyone else aboard. Police are dispatched to rescue the President. However, the right-hand man of the Duke of New York warns them that the Duke has taken the President hostage, that he will be killed if any further rescue attempts are mounted. Commissioner Bob Hauk offers a deal to Snake Plissken, a former Special Forces soldier convicted of attempting to rob the Federal Reserve in Denver, Colorado: if Snake rescues the President and retrieves the cassette tape, Hauk will arrange a presidential pardon. To ensure his compliance, Hauk has Plissken injected with micro-explosives that will rupture Snake's carotid arteries within 22 hours. Snake is sent into Manhattan in a stealth glider. Snake tracks the President's life-monitor bracelet to a vaudeville theater, only to find it on the wrist of an insane old man. Convinced that the President has been killed, he radios Hauk, only to be told that he will be shot down if he tries to come back out empty-handed.
Soon afterwards he meets "Cabbie," a long-serving New York taxi-driver, driving the streets of Manhattan for 30 years and somehow managed to remain in the city after its conversion to an open prison. Cabbie takes Snake in his armored taxi cab to Harold "Brain" Hellman, an adviser to the Duke and a former associate of Snake's, a brilliant engineer and has established a base in New York Central Library with an oil-pumping engine and a small refinery, which keeps the remainder of the city's cars and machinery running. Hellman betrayed Snake during a long-ago robbery plot and Snake is tempted to shoot him, but Brain tells Snake that the Duke plans to unify the gangs in a mass exodus across the guarded Queensboro Bridge, using the President as a human shield and a map Brain has created to avoid the landmines. Snake backs off, but forces Brain and his girlfriend Maggie to lead him to the Duke's compound at Grand Central Terminal, he is captured by the Duke's men. While Snake is forced to fight in a deathmatch with Slag, a prisoner and Maggie kill Romero and flee with the President.
As Snake kills Slag, the Duke rallies his gang to chase them. Snake, Brain and the President race to the World Trade Center in an attempt to use Snake's glider to escape from Manhattan. After a group of crazies destroy it, the group returns to the street and encounters Cabbie, who offers to take them across the bridge; when Cabbie reveals that he has the secret tape, the President demands it. The Duke pursues the group onto the bridge in his customized Cadillac, setting off mines as he tries to catch up. With Brain navigating through the minefield, Snake manages to avoid most of the explosives, but the cab hits a mine and is blown in half, killing Cabbie; as the group flees on foot, Brain is killed. Maggie refuses to leave him, she stands in the middle of the road, shooting at the Duke's car until he runs her down, killing her. Snake and the President reach the perimeter wall, the guards raise the President on a rope; the Duke opens fire on the wall, killing the guards and forcing Snake to dive for cover, but the President shoots the Duke dead with one of th
The Saturn Award is an American award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction and Horror Films. The award was referred to as a Golden Scroll; the Saturn Awards were created in 1973. The Saturn Awards were devised by Donald A. Reed in 1973, who felt that work in films in the genre of science fiction at that time lacked recognition within the established Hollywood film industry's award system; the physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, with its ring composed of film. The Saturn Awards are voted upon by members of the presenting Academy; the Academy is a non-profit organization with membership open to the public. Its President and Executive Producer is Robert Holguin, Producer/Writers Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus Its members include filmmakers JJ Abrams, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Fuller, Mark A. Altman, Vince Gilligan and James Cameron, among others. Although the Award still focuses on films and television in the science fiction and horror categories, the Saturns have recognized productions in other dramatic genres.
There are special awards for lifetime achievement in film production. The Saturn Awards are criticized for having a broad and inconsistent definition of genres, as well as for nominating and awarding movies not related to sci-fi, fantasy or horror. Best DVD or Blu-ray Release Best DVD or Blu-ray Special Edition Release Best Classic Film DVD Release Best Television DVD Release Best DVD or Blu-ray Collection Best Retro Television Series on DVD The George Pal Memorial Award The Life Career Award The President's Memorial Award Special Recognition Award Breakthrough Performance Award Best Low-Budget Film Best Network Television Series Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series Best International Series Best Youth-Oriented Television Series 1Star Wars was nominated for 16 awards, won 12; the actual number of nominations include two nominations as part of compilations. 214 wins for Star Wars, 4 wins for The Empire Strikes Back, 5 wins for Return of the Jedi, 2 wins for The Phantom Menace, 2 wins for Attack of the Clones, 2 wins for Revenge of the Sith, 8 wins for The Force Awakens, 3 wins for Rogue One, 3 wins for The Last Jedi, 1 win for a compilation comprising several films of the franchise.
38 nominations for Iron Man, 1 nomination for The Incredible Hulk, 4 nominations for Iron Man 2, 4 nominations for Thor, 7 nominations for Captain America: The First Avenger, 6 nominations for The Avengers, 5 nominations for Iron Man 3, 5 nominations for Thor: The Dark World, 11 nominations for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 9 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy, 4 nominations for Avengers: Age of Ultron, 6 nominations for Ant-Man, 8 nominations for Captain America: Civil War, 10 nominations for Doctor Strange, 4 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 4 nominations for Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2 nominations for Thor: Ragnarok, 14 nominations for Black Panther. The year indicates the year of release of the films eligible. Hugo Award Nebula Award Scream Awards Official website Saturn Award on IMDb
The Stepford Wives (1975 film)
The Stepford Wives is a 1975 American science-fiction horror film based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel of the same name. It was directed by Bryan Forbes with a screenplay by William Goldman, stars Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson. While the film was a moderate success at the time of release, it has grown in stature as a cult film over the years. Building upon the reputation of Levin's novel, the term "Stepford" or "Stepford Wife" has become a popular science fiction concept and several sequels were shot, as well as a 2004 remake using the same title, but rewritten as a comedy instead of a serious horror/thriller film. Joanna Eberhart is a young wife who moves with her husband Walter and two children from New York City to the idyllic Fairfield County, Connecticut suburb of Stepford. Loneliness sets in as Joanna, a mildly rebellious aspiring photographer, finds the women in town all look great and are obsessed with housework, but have few intellectual interests; the men all belong to the exclusionary local Men's Association, which Walter joins, to Joanna's dismay.
Neighbor Carol Van Sant's sexually submissive behavior to her husband Ted, her odd, repetitive behavior after a car accident strike Joanna as strange. Things start to look up when she befriends another newcomer to town, irrepressible Bobbie Markowe. Along with the glamorously beautiful tennis playing trophy wife Charmaine Wimperis, they organize a women's lib consciousness raising session, but the meeting is a failure when the other wives hijack the meeting with cleaning concerns. Joanna is unimpressed by the boorish Men's Association members, including intimidating president Dale "Diz" Coba. Stealthily, the Men's Association collects information on Joanna including her picture, her voice, other personal details; when Charmaine returns from a weekend trip with her husband as an industrious, devoted wife who has fired her maid and destroyed her tennis court and Bobbie start investigating, with ever-increasing concern, the reason behind the submissive and bland behavior of the other wives. Bobbie and Joanna start house hunting in other towns.
Joanna wins a prestigious contract with a photo gallery with some photographs of their respective children. When she goes to tell Bobbie the good news, Joanna is shocked to find her freewheeling friend has abruptly changed into another clean, conformist housewife, with no intention of moving. Joanna panics, visits a psychiatrist, to whom she voices her belief that the men in the town are in a conspiracy of somehow changing the women; the psychiatrist recommends that she leave town until she feels safe, but when Joanna returns home, the children are missing. Joanna and Walter get into a physical scuffle. In an attempt to find her children, she thinks. Joanna, still mystified by Bobbie's behavior, becomes desperate and stabs Bobbie with a kitchen knife. Bobbie does not bleed but goes into a loop like a malfunctioning computer, thus revealing the real Bobbie has been replaced by a fembot. Despite sensing she may be the next victim, Joanna sneaks into the mansion which houses the Men's Association to find her children.
There, she finds the mastermind of the whole operation, Diz Coba, her own unfinished robot-replica. Joanna is shocked into paralysis when she witnesses its empty eyes; the Joanna-replica brandishes a stocking and smilingly approaches Joanna as the screen abruptly cuts to black strangling Joanna to death. At the film's end, "Joanna" is seen placidly purchasing groceries at the local supermarket, along with the other "wives", all inappropriately glamorously dressed, politely saying little more than hello to each other. In the background, a black couple argue, it is the wife is poised to become the conspiracy's next victim. Still images show a cheerful Walter along with his children in the back of the station wagon, picking up his wife from the supermarket; the film was shot in a variety of towns in suburban Fairfield County in southwest Connecticut in Darien and Fairfield. The climax of the story was filmed at a tourist attraction in Norwalk. Director Bryan Forbes purposefully chose white and bright colors for the setting of the film, attempting to make a "thriller in sunlight".
With the exception of the stormy night finale, the film is over-saturated with bright light and cheery settings. All the locations were actual places. Tension developed between Forbes and screenwriter Goldman over the casting of Nanette Newman as one of the wives. Goldman had wanted the wives to be depicted as model-like women, but after casting Newman this was not to be, as Goldman stated he felt that Newman's physical appearance did not match the type of woman he imagined, as a result this caused a change in appearance in costuming for all of the other wives. Goldman has said that he found Newman to be a good actress, however. Goldman was unhappy with some rewrites that Forbes contributed. In particular, Forbes toned down Goldman's "horrific" ending. Actor Peter Masterson, friends with Goldman, would secretly call Goldman for his input on scenes, creating additional stresses. Goldman claimed the film "could have been strong, but it was rewritten and altered, I don't think happily." Bryan Forbes met with Diane Keaton about playing the lead role.
When he asked why, she said her analyst did not like the script. Joanna Cassidy was cast as Bobbie; when she left after a few weeks of production, her scenes were re-shot. Tuesday Weld initial
Slaughterhouse-Five is a 1972 science fiction film based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name about a writer who tells a story in random order of how he was a soldier in World War II and was abducted by aliens. The screenplay is by Stephen Geller and the film was directed by George Roy Hill, it stars Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Valerie Perrine, features Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Holly Near, Perry King. The scenes set in Dresden were filmed in Prague; the other scenes were filmed in Minnesota. Vonnegut wrote about the film soon after its release, in his preface to Between Time and Timbuktu: "I love George Roy Hill and Universal Pictures, who made a flawless translation of my novel Slaughterhouse-Five to the silver screen... I drool and cackle every time I watch that film, because it is so harmonious with what I felt when I wrote the book." The film follows the novel in presenting a first-person narrative from the point of view of Billy Pilgrim, who becomes "unstuck in time" and experiences the events of his life in a random order, including a period spent on the alien planet of Tralfamadore.
Emphasis is placed on his experiences during World War II, including the firebombing of Dresden, as well as time spent with fellow prisoners of war Edgar Derby and the psychopathic Paul Lazzaro. His life as a husband to Valencia and father to Barbara and Robert are depicted, as they live and sometimes enjoy their life of affluence in Ilium, New York. A "sink-or-swim" scene with Pilgrim's father is featured; the scenes of extraterrestrial life on Tralfamadore feature Hollywood starlet Montana Wildhack. Slaughterhouse-Five is the first of two feature films; the film used such a small amount of music that the soundtrack album added atmospheric excerpts from Douglas Leedy's synthesized triple album Entropical Paradise. The prolonged rendition of the final movement of Bach's fourth Brandenburg concerto accompanies a cinematic montage as the main character first encounters the city of Dresden; the film won the Prix du Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Hugo Award and Saturn Award. Both Hill and Geller were nominated for awards by their respective guilds.
Sacks was nominated for a Golden Globe. List of American films of 1972 Slaughterhouse-Five on IMDb Slaughterhouse-Five at Rotten Tomatoes Slaughterhouse-Five at AllMovie Review of the film by Vincent Canby Glenn Gould at the Movies, a Sony Classical recording with music from the film
Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O'Bannon. Based on a story by O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, it follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo who encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship; the film stars Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto. It was produced by Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill through their company Brandywine Productions, was distributed by 20th Century Fox. Giler and Hill made additions to the script; the Alien and its accompanying artifacts were designed by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the more human settings. Alien was released on September 6 in the United Kingdom, it was met with critical acclaim and box office success, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, three Saturn Awards, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, along with numerous other nominations.
It has been praised in the years since its release, is considered one of the greatest films of all time. In 2002, Alien was deemed "culturally or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In 2008, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre, as the thirty-third greatest film of all time by Empire magazine; the success of Alien spawned a media franchise of films, comic books, video games, toys. It launched Weaver's acting career, providing her with her first lead role; the story of her character's encounters with the Alien creatures became the thematic and narrative core of the sequels Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. A crossover with the Predator franchise produced the Alien vs. Predator films, which includes Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. A prequel series includes Alien: Covenant; the commercial space tug Nostromo is on a return trip to Earth with a seven-member crew in stasis, Captain Dallas, Executive Officer Kane, Warrant Officer Ripley, Navigator Lambert, Science Officer Ash and two Engineers and Brett.
Detecting a transmission from nearby moon LV-426, the ship's computer, awakens the crew. Company policy requires any potential distress signal be investigated, so they land on the moon, sustaining damage from its atmosphere and rocky landscape. Parker and Brett repair the ship while Dallas and Lambert head out to investigate, they discover the signal comes from a derelict alien ship and enter it, losing communication with the Nostromo. Ripley deciphers part of the transmission, determining it to be a warning, but cannot relay this information to those on the derelict ship. Meanwhile, Kane discovers a chamber containing hundreds of large egg-like objects; when he touches one, a creature springs out, breaks through his helmet, attaches itself to his face. Dallas and Lambert carry the unconscious Kane back to the Nostromo; as acting senior officer, Ripley refuses to let them aboard, citing quarantine regulations, but Ash overrides her decision and lets them inside. Ash attempts to remove the creature from Kane's face but stops when he discovers that its blood is an corrosive acid.
It detaches on its own and is found dead. The ship is repaired, the crew lifts off. Kane is otherwise unharmed. During a final crew meal before returning to stasis, he convulses. A small alien creature bursts from Kane's chest, killing him, escapes into the ship; the crew attempts to locate it with tracking devices and capture or kill it with nets, electric prods and flamethrowers. Brett follows the crew's cat Jones into a huge supply room, where the now fully-grown alien attacks and disappears with his body. After heated discussion, the crew decide. Dallas enters the ducts, intending to force the alien into an airlock, but it ambushes and kills him. Lambert implores the others to escape in its small shuttle. Now in command, Ripley explains it will not support four people and pursues the plan of flushing out the alien. Now with access to Mother, Ripley discovers Ash has been secretly ordered by the company to bring the alien back, with the crew deemed expendable, she confronts Ash. Parker intervenes and clubs Ash, revealing him to be an android.
Ash's head is reactivated, they learn he was assigned to ensure the creature's survival. He expresses admiration for the creature's psychology, unhindered by conscience or morality, taunts them about their chances of survival. Ripley cuts off his power; the remaining crew decides to escape in the shuttle. Parker and Lambert are killed by the creature. Ripley initiates the self-destruct sequence, but finds the alien blocking her path to the shuttle, she attempts unsuccessfully to abort the self-destruct. With no further options, she makes her way to the shuttle and escapes as the Nostromo explodes; as Ripley prepares for stasis, she discovers that the alien is aboard, having wedged itself into a narrow space. She uses gas to flush the creature out, it approaches Ripley, but be
The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space-opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story and serving as executive producer; the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it was produced by Gary Kurtz for Lucasfilm and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz. The film is set three years after Star Wars; the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader and the mysterious Emperor, is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues the small band of Luke's friends—Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, others—across the galaxy, Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda; when Vader captures Luke's friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save them. Following a difficult production, The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980.
It received mixed reviews from critics but has since grown in esteem, becoming the most critically acclaimed film in the Star Wars franchise. The film ranked at #3 on Empire's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time, it became the highest-grossing film of 1980 and, to date, has earned more than $538 million worldwide from its original run and several re-releases. When adjusted for inflation, it is the second-highest-grossing sequel of all time and the 13th-highest-grossing film in North America; the film was followed by Return of the Jedi, released in 1983. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States' National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally and aesthetically significant". Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia, has set up a new base on the ice planet of Hoth; the Imperial fleet, led by Darth Vader, continues to hunt for the new Rebel base by dispatching probe droids across the galaxy.
Luke Skywalker is captured by a wampa while investigating one such probe, but manages to escape from the wampa's lair with his lightsaber. Before Luke succumbs to hypothermic sleep, the Force ghost of his late mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, instructs him to go to Dagobah to train under Jedi Master Yoda. Han Solo locates cuts open the tauntaun he rode there on to keep his friend warm. Meanwhile, the probe alerts the Imperial fleet to the Rebels' location; the Empire launches a large-scale attack using AT-AT walkers to capture the base, which forces the Rebels to retreat. Han and Leia escape with C-3PO and Chewbacca on the Millennium Falcon, but the ship's hyperdrive malfunctions, they hide in an asteroid field, where Han and Leia grow closer amidst tension and kiss. Vader summons bounty hunters to assist in finding the Falcon. Luke, escapes with R2-D2 in his X-wing fighter and crash-lands on the swamp planet of Dagobah, he meets a diminutive creature. After evading the Imperial fleet, Han's group travels to the floating Cloud City on the gas planet of Bespin, run by Han's old friend, Lando Calrissian.
Unbeknownst to the group, the bounty hunter Boba Fett has tracked the Falcon. Vader plans to use the group as bait to lure out Luke, intending to capture him and take him to Emperor Palpatine. Luke experiences a premonition of Han and Leia in pain and, against the wishes of Yoda and Obi-Wan, abandons his training to rescue them, promising to return and complete his training. Intending to hold Luke in suspended animation via carbon freezing, Vader selects Han to be frozen as a test subject. Han survives the process and is given to Fett, who plans to collect the bounty on Han from Jabba the Hutt. Lando frees Leia and Chewbacca, they flee the city. Meanwhile, Luke arrives and engages Vader in a lightsaber duel that leads them over the city's central air shaft. Vader severs Luke's right hand, disarming him, tempts him to join forces. Luke accuses Vader of murdering his father. Horrified, Luke drops into the air shaft and is ejected beneath the floating city, where he hangs on an antenna, he reaches out telepathically to Leia, who persuades Lando to turn back.
After Luke is brought aboard, they are chased by TIE fighters and Vader on his Star Destroyer, but R2-D2 reactivates the Falcon's hyperdrive, allowing them to escape. Rejoined with the Rebel fleet, Luke's severed hand is replaced with a robotic hand. Lando and Chewbacca depart in the Falcon with hopes of saving Han. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker: A Jedi in training, powerfully connected with the Force. Harrison Ford as Han Solo: A smuggler and Captain of the Millennium Falcon. Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa: A leader of the Rebel Alliance, the former Princess of the destroyed planet Alderaan. Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian: Administrator of Cloud City and an old friend to Han Solo. Anthony Daniels as C-3PO: A humanoid protocol droid in the Rebel Alliance. David Prowse as Darth Vader: Luke's father and a warrior of the dark side of the Force and the Emperor's second-in command; the character's voice is provided by James Earl Jones. Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca: A Wookiee and loyal friend to Han Solo.
Kenny Baker as R2-D2: An astromech droid in the
Sleeper (1973 film)
Sleeper is a 1973 American futuristic science fiction comedy film, directed by Woody Allen and written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. The plot involves the adventures of the owner of a health food store, cryogenically frozen in 1973 and defrosted 200 years in an ineptly led police state; the film contains many elements which parody notable works of science fiction and was made as a tribute to comedians Groucho Marx and Bob Hope. Miles Monroe, a jazz musician and owner of the "Happy Carrot" health-food store in 1973, is subjected to cryopreservation without his consent, not revived for 200 years. Two scientists revive him, they are members of an underground rebellion. The U. S. in 2173 is a hedonistic, automated police state, ostensibly ruled by a dictator known only as "The Leader", about to implement a secret plan known as the "Aries Project". The rebels hope to use Miles as a spy to infiltrate the Aries Project, because he is the only member of this society without a known biometric identity.
The authorities discover the scientists' project, arrest them, where they are taken for interrogation and torture. Miles escapes by disguising himself as a robot, goes to work as a butler in the house of socialite Luna Schlosser; when Luna decides to have his head replaced with something more "aesthetically pleasing", Miles reveals his true identity to her, whereupon Luna threatens to give Miles to the authorities. In response, he goes on the run, searching for the Aries Project. Miles and Luna fall in love, but Miles is captured and brainwashed into becoming a complacent member of the society, while Luna joins the rebellion; the rebels kidnap Miles and perform reverse-brainwashing, whereupon he remembers his past and joins their efforts. Miles becomes jealous when he catches Luna kissing the rebel leader, Erno Windt, she tells him that she believes in free love. Miles and Luna infiltrate the Aries Project, wherein they learn that the national Leader had been killed by a rebel bomb ten months previously.
All that survives is his nose. Other members of the Aries Project, mistaking Miles and Luna for doctors, expect them to clone the leader from this single remaining part. Miles steals the nose and "assassinates" it by dropping it in the path of a road roller. After escaping and Luna debate their future together, he tells her that Erno will become as corrupt as the Leader. Miles and Luna confess their love for one another, but she claims that science has proven men and women cannot have meaningful relationships due to chemical incompatibilities. Miles dismisses this, saying that he does not believe in science, Luna points out that he does not believe in God or political systems either. Luna asks Miles if there is anything he does believe in, he responds, "Sex and death — two things that come once in a lifetime — but at least after death you're not nauseous." The film ends as kiss. Woody Allen as Miles Monroe, the former owner of a health food store from the 1970s Diane Keaton as Luna Schlosser, an artist from the 22nd century Don Keefer as Doctor Tryon, one of the two scientists who oversee Miles's rehabilitation from cryosleep Bartlett Robinson appears as Doctor Orva, the supervising scientist at Miles's revival.
Peter Hobbs appears as Doctor Dean, the leading physician come to witness Our Leader's cloning Douglas Rain voices Bio Central Computer 2100, Series G, the computer aiding in Our Leader's cloning. Whitney Rydbeck voices Janus and Melik's robot butler. John Cannon voices Rags, Miles's robot dog Jackie Mason voices Cohen, one of the two robot tailors of Ginsberg & Cohen. Lou Picetti appears as the Bert Parks-like Miss America emcee Chris Forbes appears as Rainer Krebs, a brief romantic interest of Miles Read Morgan appears as the representative at Domesticon Brian Avery, Susan Miller, Regis Cordic, George Furth appear as Luna's party guests John McLiam and Jerry Hardin portray scientists at Miles's revival Jeff Maxwell and Seamon Glass portray security guards Albert Popwell portrays a reprogramming technician Jessica Rains appears as the woman in the Gyro-Mirror, whose channel Miles accidentally accesses while he is shaving and she is gargling The image of Timothy Leary is used for Our Leader The film was shot in and around Denver, Colorado.
The outdoor shots of the hospital were filmed at the Table Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. There is a brief shot of the main building of the Denver Botanic Gardens and of the concrete lamp posts; the Sculptured House, designed by architect Charles Deaton, is a private home known locally since the film was shot as the "Sleeper House" located on Genesee Mountain near Genesee Park, west of Denver. The Mile Hi Church of Religious Science in Lakewood, Colorado was turned into a futuristic McDonald's, featuring a sign counting the number sold: 795 followed by 51 zeroes. Sleeper received positive reviews, holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10; the site's critical consensus reads, "In Sleeper, Woody Allen's madcap futurist comedy each joke and one-liner hits its target."Vincent Canby, in The New York Times, called the film "terrific", saying it "confidently advances the Allen art into slapstick territory that I assoc