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Slacker

Richard Linklater

 
Slacker (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • United States
  • 1991
  • 100 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #247

Slacker, directed by Richard Linklater, presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and overeducated young people. Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.

Cast

Should have stayed at the bus stationRichard Linklater
Anarchist’s daughter Kathy McCarty
Taxi driverRudy Basquez
RoadkillJean Caffeine
JoggerJan Hockey
Running lateStephen Hockey
Hit-and-run sonMark James
Grocery grabber of death’s bounty Sam Dietert
Officer BozioBob Boyd
Office LoveTerrence Kirk
Street musicianKeith McCormack
Walking to coffee shopJennifer Schaudies
Been on the moon since the ’50sJerry Delony
Pap smear pusherTeresa Taylor
Quotes HitlerDan Burrows
Conspiracy A-Go-Go authorJohn Slate
Old anarchistLouis Mackey
Post-modern Paul Revere Kendal Smith
Smoking writerRegina Garza

Credits

DirectorRichard Linklater
ScreenplayRichard Linklater
ProducerRichard Linklater
CinematographyLee Daniel
EditingScott Rhodes
Production manager/castingAnne Walker-McBay
Dolly grip/ assistant cameraman Clark Walker
SoundDenise Montgomery
Script supervisorMeg Brennan

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater and director of photo­graphy Lee Daniel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three audio commentaries, featuring Linklater and members of the cast and crew
  • It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater’s first full-length feature, with commentary by the director
  • Woodshock, a 1985 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel
  • Casting tapes featuring select “auditions” from the more-than-100-member cast
  • “The Roadmap,” the working script for Slacker, including fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes (DVD)
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes (Blu-ray)
  • Footage from the Slacker tenth-anniversary reunion
  • Early film treatment
  • Home movies
  • Ten-minute trailer for a 2005 documentary about the landmark Austin café Les Amis
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos (DVD only)
  • Slacker culture essay by Linklater (DVD only)
  • Information about the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 by Linklater with Daniel, including early flyers from screenings (DVD only)
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by author and film­maker John Pierson and Michael Barker, as well as reviews, production notes, and an introduction to It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman

    New cover by Marc English

Film Essays

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Slacker: Slacking Off

By John PiersonSeptember 18, 2013

An independent American cinema expert recalls the seismic effect Richard Linklater’s film had . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Slacker: Looking Back

By Michael BarkerSeptember 13, 2004

What I’ve found in the many years that I’ve been in the film business is that you often find . . . Read more »


Film Essays

On It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

By Monte HellmanSeptember 13, 2004

Fifteen years ago I received a letter from a young film director in Texas, who enclosed a tape . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Slacker’s Oblique Strategy

By Ron RosenbaumSeptember 13, 2004

One of my favorite things about this column is the opportunity it gives me to put in a word on . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Slacker: Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing to Do

By Chris WaltersSeptember 13, 2004

About a year and a half ago, a friend and I found ourselves exiled to a cold Midwestern city, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Video

Slacker

A Slacker’s Story

September 20, 2013

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Film Essays

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Slacker: Slacking Off

By John PiersonSeptember 18, 2013

An independent American cinema expert recalls the seismic effect Richard Linklater’s film had . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

10 Directors On-screen

October 12, 2011


Photo Galleries

A Handful of Slackers

August 10, 2011


News


News

Slacker 2.0

April 29, 2011

Good news for those who can’t get enough Slacker: in honor of the twentieth anniversary this . . . Read more »


Clippings

Slacker Twenty Years Later

January 20, 2011

It’s been two decades since Richard Linklater’s Slacker shook up American independent film and . . . Read more »


Interviews

Young Mr. Welles: An Interview with Richard Linklater

December 21, 2009

Me and Orson Welles is the latest film from director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Slacker: Looking Back

By Michael BarkerSeptember 13, 2004

What I’ve found in the many years that I’ve been in the film business is that you often find . . . Read more »


Film Essays

On It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

By Monte HellmanSeptember 13, 2004

Fifteen years ago I received a letter from a young film director in Texas, who enclosed a tape . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Slacker’s Oblique Strategy

By Ron RosenbaumSeptember 13, 2004

One of my favorite things about this column is the opportunity it gives me to put in a word on . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Slacker: Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing to Do

By Chris WaltersSeptember 13, 2004

About a year and a half ago, a friend and I found ourselves exiled to a cold Midwestern city, . . . Read more »

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