Waking Life

Waking Life (2001)

Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself?

  • Genre: Animation, Drama
  • Release Date: 2001-01-23
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 553 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Line Research
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.

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  • Trevor Jack Brooks

    as Young Boy Playing Paper Game
  • Lorelei Linklater

    as Young Girl Playing Paper Game
  • Wiley Wiggins

    as Main Character
  • Glover Gill

    as Accordion Player
  • Lara Hicks

    as Violin Player
  • Ames Asbell

    as Viola Player
  • Leigh Mahoney

    as Viola Player
  • Sara Nelson

    as Cello Player
  • Jeanine Attaway

    as Piano Player
  • Erik Grostick

    as Bass Player
  • Bill Wise

    as Boat Car Guy
  • Robert C. Solomon

    as Philosophy Professor
  • Kim Krizan

    as Self
  • Eamonn Healy

    as Shape-Shifting Man
  • J.C. Shakespeare

    as Burning Man
  • Ethan Hawke

    as Jesse
  • Julie Delpy

    as Celine
  • Charles Gunning

    as Angry Man in Jail
  • David Sosa

    as Self
  • Alex Jones

    as Man in Car with P.A.
  • Otto Hofmann

    as Self
  • Aklilu Gebrewold

    as Self
  • Carol Dawson

    as Coffee Shop Chatter
  • Lisa Moore

    as Coffee Shop Chatter
  • Steve Fitch

    as Chimpanzee
  • Louis Mackey

    as Self
  • Alex Nixon

    as Man Writing a Novel at the Bar
  • Violet Nichols

    as Woman Talking to the Novel Writer
  • Steven Prince

    as Man Talking to the Bartender
  • Ken Webster

    as Bartender
  • Mary McBay

    as Woman on TV
  • Kregg A. Foote

    as Man on TV
  • Jason T. Hodge

    as Man with the Long Hair
  • Guy Forsyth

    as Self
  • John Christensen

    as Guy Talking about Turning the Light on in Dreams
  • Caveh Zahedi

    as Self
  • David Jewell

    as Man Talking to Caveh
  • Adam Goldberg

    as One of Four Men
  • Nicky Katt

    as One of Four Men
  • Jason Liebrecht

    as One of Four Men
  • Brent Green

    as One of Four Men
  • RC Whittaker

    as Man on the Lamppost
  • Hymie Samuelson

    as Mr. Debord
  • David Martinez

    as Man on the Train
  • Ryan Power

    as Young Disappearing Guy
  • Tiana Hux

    as Soap Opera Woman
  • Timothy "Speed" Levitch

    as Self
  • Steve Brudniak

    as Goatee Man
  • Marta Banda

    as Friendly Girl
  • Steven Soderbergh

    as Interviewed on Television
  • Charles Murdock

    as Old Man
  • Mona Lee Fultz

    as Quiet Woman at Restaurant
  • Edith Mannix

    as Older Artist in the Park
  • Bess Cox

    as Old Woman Sitting for a Portrait
  • Louis Black

    as Kierkegaard Disciple
  • Richard Linklater

    as Pinball Playing Man / Man on Back of Boat
Writing Richard Linklater Screenplay
Directing Richard Linklater Director
Camera Richard Linklater Director of Photography
Editing Sandra Adair Editor
Production Anne Walker-McBay Producer
Production John Sloss Executive Producer
Production Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Production Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Production Palmer West Producer
Production Jonah Smith Producer
Camera Tommy Pallotta Director of Photography
Production Tommy Pallotta Producer
Sound Glover Gill Original Music Composer