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Certificate 15
Cast
Keanu Reeves
Rory Cochrane
Woody Harrelson
Winona Ryder
Directors
Richard Linklater
Screenwriters
Richard Linklater
Running Time
100 minutes

A Scanner Darkly
Richard Linklater's adaptation of the Philip K. Dick book.


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A Scanner Darkly

Plot
Anaheim, California, the near future. Bob Arctor (Reeves), an addict to the drug Substance D, is actually an undercover cop out to bust the D network. Bob’s bosses, who don’t know his cover story, order him to spy on himself, causing his grip on reality to be shaken by his schizoid way of life.


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For Dick fans, this is pure, uncut, grade-A dope. For others, it’s a series of dizzying moments with an overall downer effect. Still, its intelligence makes it near-essential viewing.


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