The opening sequence is beginning to look more like Allen's signature with jazz and stark white credits on a black screen.
Miles Monroe, a health food store owner and clarinetist, is cryogenically frozen after complications getting an ulcer removed and is awoken 200 years later.
This is one of my favorite Woody Allen movies of this era, complete with robots, flying packs, orgasmatrons and the debut of Diane Keaton.
Sleeper is sort of similar to Bananas in that the hero travels far (in this case, through time) and winds up working on the behalf of underground rebels to overthrow a government.
I wonder what exactly Allen had in mind. Because at the end of the movie Diane Keaton says something like "You don't believe in science or political systems. You don't believe in God. What do you believe in?"
To which Allen replies, "Sex and death." Which is the perfect segue into his next movie.