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    A Scanner Darkly

    Set in a totalitarian society in a near future where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation.
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  • Actors of "A Scanner Darkly"

  • Characters of "A Scanner Darkly"

    Charles Freck. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Played by: Rory Cochrane
    James Barris. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Bob Arctor. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Played by: Keanu Reeves
    Voice from Headquarters. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Played by: Cliff Haby
    Donna Hawthorne. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Played by: Winona Ryder
    Waitress. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Played by: Natasha Valdez
    Ernie Luckman. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Street Prophet. Character of A Scanner Darkly
    Played by: Alex Jones
  • Directors of "A Scanner Darkly"

    Richard Linklater. Director of A Scanner Darkly
    Richard Linklater
    Birthdate: 30 July 1960, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Creators of "A Scanner Darkly"

    Philip K. Dick. Director of A Scanner Darkly
    Philip K. Dick
    Birthdate: 16 December 1928, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Richard Linklater. Director of A Scanner Darkly
    Richard Linklater
    Birthdate: 30 July 1960, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "A Scanner Darkly"
    October 18, 2008

    The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.

    September 23, 2006

    As A Scanner Darkly proves, Keanu is the Coolness -- passive blankness, leaden line delivery, and all. Let's hear it for the vague blur.

    Time Out
    August 17, 2006

    Wondrously attractive, all the more so for the avoidance (with one or two exceptions) of extrovert Waking Life-style set-pieces.

    New York Observer
    July 27, 2006

    Mr. Linklater emerges once again as the Austin auteur par excellence, even if A Scanner Darkly is set in a ratty precinct of Orange County.

    Orlando Sentinel
    July 14, 2006

    Linklater's willingness to experiment ... is laudable. But I'm not sure he's reinventing animation here, or even adequately serving that older-than-children animation audience.

    Houston Chronicle
    July 14, 2006

    The first film to capture the author's transience and his art.

    Stop Smiling
    March 05, 2014

    It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.

    7M Pictures
    January 19, 2014

    I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture.

    Empire Magazine Australasia
    November 07, 2012

    A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.

    Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
    April 20, 2011

    ...not for everyone. It's a complicated film that requires patience and, most likely, subsequent viewings to appreciate the jigsaw view of control and paranoia.
    March 30, 2011

    In the end, it offers only the slightest of answers and the slimmest of hopes, because that is often all life offers as well. Whether anyone grasps that hope it leaves open for the audience to determine.
    September 19, 2010

    Trippy rotoscoping is the perfect aqueous aesthetic. Unlike many Philip K. Dick adapters exchanging existentialism for explosions, Richard Linklater focuses on Dick's apprehensions about the trust, joy and freedoms at risk for the sake of progress.

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