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Slipstream (2007)

Anthony Hopkins , Stella Arroyave , Anthony Hopkins  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Stella Arroyave, Christian Slater, John Turturro, Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Directors: Anthony Hopkins
  • Writers: Anthony Hopkins
  • Producers: Stella Arroyave, Betsy Danbury, Mike Crawford, Robert Katz
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00116GEJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Slipstream" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Hopkins
  • Dreaming Slipstream Making Of Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

For years, George Lucas has talked about going back to directing avant-garde films with limited commercial potential that would be bound to confound audiences. Venerable actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, 70, went ahead and did it with this daring, provocative dream-within-a-dream, movie-within-a-movie. Part David Lynch, part Pirandello, it throws viewers into the deep end of this "looking glass world" and "mad hatter's tea party." This much we know: Hopkins (who wrote, directed, and even composed the musical score) stars as a screenwriter, Felix Bonhoeffer. Most everything else is up for grabs. Slipstream unfolds in fractured fits and starts. Christian Slater and Jeffrey Tambor portray two actors in a wildly troubled movie ("the whole thing is going to hell in a hand basket" someone proclaims). John Turturro appears as a manic producer in a performance that makes his turn in Transformers look like a model of understatement. There is a Dolly Parton look-alike who introduces herself as "Dolly Parton Look-alike." Kevin McCarthy, star of Invasion of the Body Snatchers), turns up as a dottering incarnation of himself. There is an in-joke about "Hopkins" doing Hannibal 4. Fantasy and reality become interchangeable as Felix is visited by his characters ("You killed me in Scene 23," one protests. "I've got the script"). But that's only the beginning… or maybe the end, as the case may be. Slipstream is thrilling in a "what the what?" sort of way, and repeated viewings will reward adventurous viewers trying to plumb its secrets. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence--the world of reality and the world inside his head. Hired to rewrite a murder mystery set in a desert diner and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is politely baffled when the characters from his movie start showing up in his life and vice versa. Felix tries to maintain his equanimity as reality and fantasy collide in an increasingly whirling slipstream, while his memory banks fire off seemingly random references to songs and sci-fi movies from the Fifties.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rarety March 3, 2009
Slipstream is a rare kind of movie. Read the other reviews (not the 1 stars) if you want to get a fairly inclusive overview. What makes Slipstream so special is that it is experienced by the left brain as utter nonsense, but the right brain can catch on. It is possible to "get" this film without being able to say what you got. Isn't that delightful! The scenes are an indecipherable kaleidoscope that gave me a headache on my left side (true); there is a rhythm, rather than logic and a relatedness, rather than linear unfolding. Perhaps this film is even brilliant. If you can bear to be in a state of not-knowing, this movie can work for you. If you enjoy not knowing, if you enjoy not having complete control over your experience, you may thrill at this film. Early on, you'll realize that the "plot" is too complex for it to all come together at the end. So don't wait for it. Instead, let yourself enjoy your bafflement.

By leaving understanding entirely in our hands, the movie presents us with pure possibility. How often can we say that? Even though it was too violent for my taste, I felt exhilarated and inspired. What it left me with: Each of us is in a wildly individual, and often even significantly divergent, experience. What allows us to be related to another's experience is our ability to step out of our unique perspective and recognize the commonly held narrative in which we each have our own experience. I have no idea if the film delivered that or if my firing-furiously-at-novelty neurons invented it, but such is the wonder of this marvel, that I could be left with this delicious insight. What might you find?

The least of Slipstream's virtues are lighting, cinematography, editing that becomes a "character" and Hopkins' ability to get an excellent performance out of his actors. Bravo.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Rules of Cinema November 22, 2010
The directorial and screenwriting debut of one of the world's greatest living actors is by no means an accessible film. While Anthony Hopkins stars in "Slipstream" as well, the thespian has stepped behind the camera to bring us a strangely imaginative cinematic experience.

The film itself makes no sense and is challenging, at times down right frustrating to watch. Though, "Slipstream" is one of those rare storytelling masterpieces about everything without meaning anything. Or perhaps a story about nothing that means everything.

Anthony Hopkins has drummed up what feels like decades of suppressed angst about filmmaking. His writing is full of the energy and guts of a young screenwriter, but with the wisdom of the most seasoned scribes. He has created a slice of cinema for the cinephile; overly rich in its flavors and densely packed with ingredients. If you're a connoisseur of the strange and admirer of Hopkins's demanding presence, like me you will eat it up till the last crumb falls indulgently from your gaping gaze.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anthony, don't quit your day job! August 13, 2011
Anthony Hopkins is trying to outdo David Lynch, but this film is garbage.

After suffering through the entire movie, I watched the special feature which is a rerun of the movie with Hopkins doing a voice-over, giving his "thoughts" behind the movie. He admits most of the scenes are random, much of the dialogue is improvised, and he named characters whatever popped into his head. He says the script wrote itself, so he can't explain it and doesn't believe that it needs to be explained or even understood. If anyone set out to deliberately make a terrible movie, I believe this would be the way to do it.

He says that if people like it ... fine, and if they don't ... all the better. I guess you could think of the movie as a kind of Rorschach Test and some people will see what they want to see.

Hopkins should stick to acting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joycean stream of conciousness... August 28, 2010
...which takes place in the final minutes (or seconds) of a screenwriter's life. This amazing movie documents in stream-of-conciousness manner the merging of a movie script written by one 'Felix Bonhoeffer' (see below why I put quotes) and the reality of an indeterminate period of the writer's life, maybe most of his life. People and places are interchangeable, as are's the final flash of a confused, dying person, just the way we're told that our life flashes before us in our last moments.
A recurring theme throughout the film is the 1950s horror movie, 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', an allegorical film which has had many interpretations; the frightening thing about that film was that you would lose your identity, your mind, and your life to creatures that occupy your physical body after you fall asleep. And we all must sleep, sooner or later. The star of the original film, Kevin McCarthy appears in this film, interacting with Felix from time to time.
An amusing in-joke about the director of the film-within-a-film, Gavin, who has a tyrannical film producer for a brother is that the actor who plays Gavin is Gavin Glazer, who happens to have a famous successful producer for a brother, one Brian Glazer. You don't get to be successful in Hollywood by being a sweetheart, no matter what they say to each other at the Academy Awards.
Another interesting point is that Felix Bonhoeffer is probably not his real name - check the book cover on the table in a later scene - if his last name is Bonhoeffer, then his first name's not Felix, or if his first name IS Felix, then he's just lifted the Bonhoeffer name from the book, whose author has a different first name, or maybe he did write the book, or maybe he didn't; maybe he just bought it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution: Reality Does Not Exist Until You Create It
This film is not for casual viewers, or anyone who has no experience with what might be called "waking unreality. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tristan MacAvery
2.0 out of 5 stars Not typical Anthony Hopkins
I am a big fan of Anthony Hopkins, but this movie was too weird. It tried to create suspense by keeping the reader off guard as to what reality really was. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert Sepulvado
3.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money, Unless You're A Film Buff.
Last night's bargain-rack movie was "Slipstream," a film by Anthony Hopkins. I didn't care for it. It's hard to explain, but it was a movie about making a movie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gary Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars A Total Waste Of Time
I rented this movie because of Anthony Hopkins name. Totally disjointed scenes, not entertaining at all. I could not make sense of it, not even at the end. Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by Russel R. Cupp
1.0 out of 5 stars A real oddity
As another reviewer said, this (movie) made no sense.
What I find interesting is why I wasn't upset with it. It contains nothing. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by lingcod9
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
I love Anthony Hopkins so I thought it was just going to be wonderful. I made myself watch the whole movie just for punishment and I took it out and threw it in the garbage right... Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by Donna Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars pretentious and disappointing
This was pretentious and disappointing. The posturings of a sullen adolescent. I expected SOMETHING from this great actor. A mishmash of cliches.
Published on February 5, 2011 by Richard Ferry
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but richly rewarding celebration of cinema
Although baffling at first, once you understand the spirit of the movie it becomes a thoroughly delightful romp, and a celebration of movies as an art form. Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Paul F.
1.0 out of 5 stars Has Mr. Hopkins played Hannibal one times too many?!
Five minutes into this movie I realized I was in trouble. Eight minutes and I began my own "slipstream" with the fast forward button! Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by astrorev
2.0 out of 5 stars D R O W N I N G.......I N.......T H E.......S L I P S T R E A M
I LOVE STORIES ABOUT TIME TRAVEL! The movie, "FREQUENCY" is amongst my favourites. I also like watching Anthony Hopkins on the screen -- he brings a reality and believablity to... Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by Patricia
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