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A Scanner Darkly

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A Scanner Darkly

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15 Certificate
Title
97 Mins
Released
2006
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Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
97 Mins
Released
2006

In this animated sci-fi tale, Keanu Reeves stars as undercover cop Bob Arctor. The war on drugs has been lost and paranoid government officials are spying on citizens. Arctor himself is a drug addict and so are most of his friends. He is ordered to spy on those closest to him in order to find the distributors of a brain damaging drug called Substance D. But Arctor begins to lose his mind and develops a split personality. Co stars Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder. Contains strong drugs references, language and sex.

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Director

  • Richard Linklater

Screenwriter

  • Richard Linklater

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Cold turkey doesn't even apply to Substance D. You're either on it or you haven't tried it.

Did you know?

  • This film is based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The novel was about Dick's personal battle with drugs. Dick's daughters gave director Richard Linklater their father's own copy of the novel when he completed this movie.
  • The look of the film was achieved using rotoscoping. This is a technique where animators trace over live-action film, frame by frame. Each minute of animation required 500 hours of work by 50 animators.
  • Robert Downey Jr. wrote most of his lines down on paper notes and scattered them around the set so he could read them while filming his scenes. The rotoscoping team simply animated over the notes in post-production.
  • Terry Gilliam was at one point attached to direct this film with a script that had been written by Charlie Kaufman.
  • Alex Jones, a real life conspiracy theorist, makes a cameo appearance in this movie as the Street Prophet.

Box Office

U.K.
£0.94 million
U.S.
$5.40 million

Source: Rentrak EDI

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