Slipstream

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Product Overview

The worlds between real and imagined blur when an actor/screenwriter's movie falls apart as he begins to lose his mind.

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Studio Sony
SKU 206672135
UPC 043396227903
UPC 14 00043396227903
Format DVD
Release Date 5/25/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Fantasy
Hollywood
Satire
Surreal
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Anthony Hopkins channels his inner David Lynch for this MULHOLLAND DRIVE-like descent into the warped mind of a Hollywood screenwriter. Felix Bonhoeffer (Hopkins) appears to be losing his grip on reality. After he witnesses a highway road-rage incident go deadly, Felix's world begins to spin out of control. For one thing, the characters he's written into his most recent script have begun to appear in his actual life. Two of these figures (played by Christian Slater and Jeffrey Tambor) happen to be evil hit men who have just knocked off another seemingly innocent victim (Michael Clarke Duncan). But when Slater's character drops dead on set, the maniacal studio boss (John Turturro) sends Felix to the Mojave Desert to rewrite the script and resolve the situation. Along the way, he struggles to separate reality from fiction before the two blur together to the point where he no longer knows what world he's living in.^With SLIPSTREAM, Hopkins delivers a truly experimental film that will confound many viewers. By the film's conclusion, however, all of the cinematic trickery will make sense. Using a striking assault of visual and sonic tricks--quick-cutting, sound distortion, seemingly nonsensical stock footage--writer/director/composer Hopkins burrows into the mind of a man in a way that most films would never dare. The result is a confounding yet exhilarating satire of Hollywood that features standout performances from its all-star cast.
Reviews
Box Office "Themes of mortality are clearly at work here, but so are celebrity, writing, acting and the art of filmmaking itself." 11/01/2007 p.115
Directors
Anthony Hopkins
Actors
Christian Slater
John Turturro
Cast & Crew
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Anthony Hopkins - Director
Anthony Hopkins - Writer
Anthony Hopkins - Original Music By
Camryn Manheim - Actor
Christian Slater - Actor
Dante Spinotti - Cinematographer
Fionnula Flanagan - Actor
Ismael Cardenas - Production Designer
Jeffrey Tambor - Actor
John Turturro - Actor
Lisa Pepper - Actor
Michael Clarke Duncan - Actor
Michael R. Miller - Editor
Robert Katz, et. al. - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 22790
UPC 00043396227903
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Leave it to a 69-year-old actor to make the year's most experimental film. Anthony Hopkins' "Slipstream" is an attempt to represent what goes through the mind of a dying man, although you wouldn't guess that from its official plot summary on the Internet Movie Database, which thinks it's about a screenwriter "on the verge of implosion." So have I revealed a plot point? No, because it's clearly stated in the movie's first line of dialogue and repeated in the last...Now is "Slipstream" worth seeing? I think so, if you'll actively engage your sympathy with Hopkins' attempt to do something tricky and difficult. If you want to lie back and let the movie come to you, you may be lying there a long time...But I think Hopkins does an impressive job of creating the kind of dream-drug-reverie state people can go through. I trust you enough, dear reader, to tell you something I should keep private: During a period after my surgical emergency, when I was on what Mr. Limbaugh so usefully describes as prescription medications, I had dreams more real than my waking moments. Then the fog cleared, my health returned, the medication stopped, and I resumed writing brilliant and lucid reviews like this one. But I know Hopkins gets it right, because I've been there.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Arroyave,Stella
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times Taking a cue from David Lynch, Hopkins fractures the narrative from the first frame...
Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club ...an admirable endeavor. Hopkins assembles a formidable cast of character actors...

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