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Synopsis: Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Production: The Criterion Collection
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

"My current response to every worldwide or personal tragedy is:

"It's disgusting.

I love it. I hope it gets even worse. "

Okay. I'm Dostoyevsky. You're Anna. We're writing The Gambler.

Take my dictation.

Who's ever written the great work about the immense effort required...

in order not to create?

Intensity without mastery.

The obsessiveness of the utterly passive.

And could it be that in this passivity...

- I shall find my freedom? - Well, I'm headin' over there.

Hey, man. What are you doing? You're supposed to be getting this down. It

was pretty good there.

- You seen Gary around? - No.

- Does he still live in the same place? - I told you. No one's seen him for


- Well, later. - What was that obsessiveness line again?

- Obsessiveness without personality? - What are you talking about?

Excuse me.

Say, pal! Did I overhear you say you got a friend that's missing?

Well, I doubt he's missing. He's just not around.

Oh, yeah, well. I've been reading in the World Weekly News.

Just a while ago there was a guy out on the street.

He's found wandering around, didn't know who he was, where he came from.

He's perfectly healthy, but he's a complete amnesiac, you know.

A lot of people like that found, uh, just wandering around lately.

You know, no history, no nothing.

- It's weird, huh? - Yeah.

You know about the suppressed transmission, of course?

- Mm-mmm. - No? Oh, well.

This is the 20th anniversary of the moon walk, you know.

And way back when they're giving us that "One giant step for mankind" bit...

another astronaut's in the background yelling his fool head off...

saying, "Oh, my God. What's that over in the crater? What the hell is


Well, NASA cuts him off just like that.

But those of us with the right kind of radios, you know what I mean?

Yeah, we got enough of it. The gist of it was...

there's a giant spacecraft over in the other crater, looking at them.

That's right. Oh, it all begins to leak out then...

that the space program's just one giant big cover-up.

It's a covert operation between the United States government and the Soviet


It's been going on for over 30 years.

We've been on the moon since the '50s.

You wanna know how we got there, right?

I'll tell you.

Anti-grav drive. Anti-gravity technology.

We stole it from the Nazis after the end of World War II. It's perfectly obvious.

And you know, I was watching this Late, Late Show.

A lot of truth in the Late, Late Show. You know, they slip it through

there, they figure nobody's watching, but -

Anyway, there's this sci-fi movie called Alternative Three.

And, uh, it's about kidnapping people, using a little psycho-surgery on


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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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