Year: 1973

Production: Rollins-Joffe Productions / United Artists

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, Don Keefer

Screenwriter: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

88 minutes; Color

The plot device of having a man from the present suddenly finding himself in the future (this time through cryonics) is nearly always used to comment on contemporary society rather than to speculate about the future. This, one of Allen's best slapstick satires, targets Nixon, health food, beauty contests and revolutionary politics, but it does include genuinely futuristic sf gags involving robots and robot pets, sex practices and artificial food (which has to be beaten into submission before it can be served). One of the best sequences involves an attempt to clone a new body from the nose of the country's assassinated dictator, the only bit left. Allen is the always-anxious health-food faddist who cannot come to terms with the future's partiality to pleasure. The film won both Hugo and Nebula.

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