A Scanner Darkly (2006)

What Does A Scanner See?

Original Title : A Scanner Darkly
Director : Richard Linklater
Writer : Philip K. Dick
Richard Linklater
Genre : Animation
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : George Clooney , Ben Cosgrove , Erin Ferguson , Jennifer Fox , Sara Greene , Tommy Pallotta , John Sloss , Jonah Smith , Steven Soderbergh , Erwin Stoff , Anne Walker-McBay , Palmer West
Music : Graham Reynolds
Photography : Shane F. Kelly
Distributor : Warner Independent Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated R for drug and sexual content, language and a brief violent image.
IMDB ID : 0405296
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Keanu Reeves Bob Arctor
Robert Downey Jr. James Barris
Woody Harrelson Ernie Luckman
Rory Cochrane Charles Freck
Winona Ryder Donna
Sean Allen Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice (voice
Mitch Baker Brown Bear Lodge Host
Cliff Haby Voice from Headquarters (voice
Steven Chester Prince Cop
Natasha Valdez Waitress
Mark Turner Additional Hank Scramble Suit Voice (voice
Chamblee Ferguson Medical Deputy
Angela Rawna Medical Deputy
Eliza Stevens Arctor's Daughter
Sarah Menchaca Arctor's Daughter
Melody Chase Arctor's Wife
Leif Anders Freck Suicide Narrator
Turk Pipkin Creature
Alex Jones Arrested Protester
Lisa Marie Newmyer Connie
Wilbur Penn Medical Officer
Ken Webster Medical Officer
Hugo Perez New Path Staff Member
Rommel Sulit New Path Staff Member
Dameon Clarke Mike
Christopher Ryan New Path Resident
Leila Plummer New Path Resident
Jason Douglas New Path Farm Manager
Marco Perella Donald
Jack Cruz Police Officer
Andrew Sparkes P.A. announcement (voice


The L.A. of a not-too-distant future suffers a surge of drug abuse involving a new ultra-addictive and eventually brain-damaging substance simply named "D". Bob Arctor is an undercover narc leading a double life, dutifully reporting to his superiors while effectively having abandoned whatever normal existence he had for a "D" user/dealer career. But this schizophrenic situation and the drug-induced memory and concentration lapses put Bob under mounting stress.


A Must for Fans of Dick and Linklater, 30 April 2006 Author: flawless2003 from United States I',ve never written a review on this site before, but since I',ve just been at the first screening of this movie at Brandeis, I feel like writing a few comments. First of all, visually this movie is incredible. The roto-scoping is a vast improvement over Waking Life (and that',s on a crappy screen with the film only 95% completed.) Despite the overall dark nature of the film, the dialogue is at times hilarious, and at the screening the audience erupted into laughter several times. Now, on to the story itself. I never read the Phillip K. Dick novel, but from what I could tell, the movie stays faithful. This is not a popcorn thriller, like I said, it is very dark. As the producer Erwin Stoff said after the showing, the movie reflects the bad experiences Dick had with drugs during his life. Apparently the producers bought the rights to the book from Dick',s daughters at a reduced rate because they promised to be faithful to his vision, and I could definitely see the effort that was put in in order to accomplish that. Overall, I enjoyed this movie very much. Admittedly, it was hard to follow at times. But, as with the other Linklater films that I have seen, A Scanner Darkly is worth seeing for the interesting dialogue, esoteric characters (especially Robert Downey Jr and Woody Harrelson, who provide many of the films laughs), and stunning visuals. It is not a plot-driven movie at all, the story as described in the IMDb summary, which is more or less accurate, is just a framework from which to express Dick',s stark and angry vision of the ravages of drugs on society. Those seeking visceral excitement will be disappointed, but those looking for an intelligent, bleakly funny, dream-like, thought provoking experience that is incredibly grim yet not entirely hopeless, will be rewarded. A Scanner Darkly is definitely not for everybody, because its pacing and animation style are not mainstream(the same is true of its release schedule: only 4 theaters on July 7, 8 the next week, and so on). However, for fans of Linklater and/or Dick, this is no doubt a must see, and you should mark July 7th on your calendar.
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