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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Animation, Crime, Drama |.

A Scanner Darkly is a American adult animated science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Richard Linklater; it is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of identity and deception in a near-future dystopia constantly under intrusive high-tech police surveillance in the midst of a drug addiction epidemic. The film was shot digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope, an animation technique in which animators trace over the original footage frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films, giving the finished result a distinctive animated look.

The film features performances by Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder. Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney are among the executive producers. A Scanner Darkly had a limited release in July 7, 2006, and then a wider release later that month. The film was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival, and was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form in 2007.

The United States has lost the war on drugs. Substance D, a powerful drug that causes bizarre hallucinations, has swept the country. Approximately 20% of the total population is addicted. In response, the government has developed an invasive, high-tech surveillance system and a network of undercover officers and informants.

Bob Arctor is one of these undercover agents, assigned to immerse himself in the drug’s underworld and infiltrate up the supply chain. Arctor has a vision of being in his house with a wife and two children in Anaheim, California; today he has two drug-addicted, layabout housemates: Luckman and Barris. The three spend time taking D and having complex, possibly paranoiac examinations of their experiences.

Director: Richard Linklater

Writers: Philip K. Dick (novel), Richard Linklater (screenplay)

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane


Rory CochraneCharles Freck
Robert Downey Jr.James Barris
Mitch BakerBrown Bear Lodge Host
Keanu ReevesBob Arctor
Sean AllenAdditional Fred Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Cliff HabyVoice from Headquarters (voice)
Steven Chester PrinceCop
Winona RyderDonna Hawthorne
Natasha Janina ValdezWaitress (as Natasha Valdez)
Mark TurnerAdditional Hank Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Woody HarrelsonErnie Luckman
Chamblee FergusonMedical Deputy #2
Angela RawnaMedical Deputy #1
Eliza StevensArctor’s Daughter #1
Sarah MenchacaArctor’s Daughter #2
Melody ChaseArctor’s Wife
Leif AndersFreck Suicide Narrator (voice)
Turk PipkinCreature
Alex JonesStreet Prophet
Lisa Marie NewmyerConnie
Wilbur PennMedical Officer #1
Ken WebsterMedical Officer #2
Hugo PerezNew Path Staff Member #1
Rommel SulitNew Path Staff Member #2
Dameon ClarkeMike
Christopher RyanNew Path Resident #1
Leila PlummerNew Path Resident #2
Jason DouglasNew Path Farm Manager
Marco PerellaDonald
Joe BasquezUndercover Cop (uncredited)
Jonathan CacyBrown Bear Lodge Member (uncredited)
Jack CruzPolice Officer (uncredited)
Gary TeagueBrown Bear Lodge Member (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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