A Scanner Darkly


Release Date 2006-07-07
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A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of identity and deception in a near-future dystopia constantly under intrusive high-technology police surveillance in the midst of a drug addiction epidemic. The film was shot digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope, an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films, over the original footage, giving it its distinctive animated look. The film was written and directed by Richard Linklater and stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Rory Cochrane. Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney are among the executive producers. A Scanner Darkly had a limited release in July 2006, and then a wider release later that month. The film was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival, and nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form in 2007.

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Actors & Characters

Rory Cochrane Rory Cochrane Charles Freck Charles Freck
Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. James Barris James Barris
Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves Bob Arctor Bob Arctor
Woody Harrelson Woody Harrelson Ernie Luckman Ernie Luckman
Winona Ryder Winona Ryder Donna Hawthorne Donna Hawthorne
Jason Douglas Jason Douglas New Path Farm Manager New Path Farm Manager
Dameon Clarke Dameon Clarke Mike Mike
Mitch Baker Mitch Baker Brown Bear Lodge Host Brown Bear Lodge Host
Sean Allen Sean Allen Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice
Cliff Haby Cliff Haby Voice from Headquarters Voice from Headquarters


Shane F. Kelly Cinematography
Richard Linklater Director
Sandra Adair Editor
Graham Reynolds Music
Tommy Pallotta Producer
Palmer West Producer
Anne Walker-McBay Producer
Jonah Smith Producer
Erwin Stoff Producer
Richard Linklater Writer