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A Scanner Darkly

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Release Date: July 7, 2006 (top 25 markets; wider release: July 28)
Studio: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: Richard Linklater
Screenwriter: Richard Linklater
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochran
Genre: Action, Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: R (for drug and sexual content, language and a brief violent image)
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Plot Summary: "A Scanner Darkly" is set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and his own experiences.

Like a graphic novel come to life, "A Scanner Darkly" will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Richard Linklaterís 2001 film "Waking Life," has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.

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