7.1/10
100,898
306 user 238 critic

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Trailer
1:59 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (novel), Richard Linklater (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
1,517 ( 555)
4 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Waking Life (2001)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater
The Watcher I (2000)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

David is a serial killer of young women. Joel was in charge of catching him in LA. He moved to Chicago a broken man. So did David and sends him photos of his next victims 24 hours before the murders.

Director: Joe Charbanic
Stars: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates
Thumbsucker (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio
Tape (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman
Slacker (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine
Adventure | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Street Kings (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director: David Ayer
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Three adults during a single day in New York City, one filled with sex, drugs, and indecision.

Director: Mark Mann
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic, Adelaide Clemens
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder
Constantine (2005)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Supernatural exorcist and demonologist John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Cochrane ... Charles Freck
Robert Downey Jr. ... James Barris
Mitch Baker ... Brown Bear Lodge Host
Keanu Reeves ... Bob Arctor
Sean Allen Sean Allen ... Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Cliff Haby Cliff Haby ... Voice from Headquarters (voice)
Steven Chester Prince ... Cop
Winona Ryder ... Donna Hawthorne
Natasha Janina Valdez Natasha Janina Valdez ... Waitress (as Natasha Valdez)
Mark Turner Mark Turner ... Additional Hank Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Woody Harrelson ... Ernie Luckman
Chamblee Ferguson ... Medical Deputy #2
Angela Rawna ... Medical Deputy #1
Eliza Stevens ... Arctor's Daughter #1
Sarah Menchaca Sarah Menchaca ... Arctor's Daughter #2
Edit

Storyline

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Arctor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What Does A Scanner See? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug and sexual content, language and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una mirada a la oscuridad See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$391,672, 9 July 2006

Gross USA:

$5,501,616, 12 October 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,659,918, 17 May 2007
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Clerodendron Ugandens", the source of the organic component of Substance D is apparently based on a real species of flower - "Clerodendrum ugandense", the blue glorybower. However, it has been reclassified and is now known under the correct name "Rotheca myricoides". Like the movie asserts, the plant is highly poisonous to humans and livestock. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) Arctor's residence, on the computer screen, is shown as Anahiem, California, a misspelling of Anaheim. The associated zip code, 98345 is for Keyport, Washington. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Freck: [on the phone] I looked them up. They're aphids. They're in my hair, on my skin, in my lungs. And the pain, Barris, it's unreasonable. They're all over the place. Oh, they've completely gotten Millie too.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the start of the ending credits, the following text appears: This has been a story about people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. I loved them all. Here is a list, to whom I dedicate my love: To Gaylene, deceased To Ray, deceased To Francy, permanent psychosis To Kathy, permanent brain damage To Jim, deceased To Val, massive permanent brain damage To Nancy, permanent psychosis To Joanne, permanent brain damage To Maren, deceased To Nick, deceased To Terry, deceased To Dennis, deceased To Phil, permanent pancreatic damage To Sue, permanent vascular damage To Jerri, permanent psychosis and vascular damage ...and so forth In memoriam. These were comrades whom I had; There are no better. They remain in my mind, and the enemy will never be forgiven. The "enemy" was their mistake in playing. Let them play again, in some other way, and let them be happy. Philip K. Dick See more »

Connections

Featured in The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Fog
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Yorke), Phil Selway (as Philip Selway), Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Greenwood),
Colin Greenwood and Ed O'Brien (as Edward O'Brien)
Performed by Radiohead
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under licence from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
extraordinary and faithful adaptation of one of PK Dick's most personal
7 July 2006 | by imaginarytruthsSee all my reviews

When someone on a trip starts to wig out, you take them someplace quiet and talk soothingly and assure them that everything's going to be OK. But as the tagline of this film makes clear, for these characters everything is most definitely NOT going to be OK.

For those who haven't read the book, it's important to know what you're getting into. PK Dick wrote this novel as a way of telling the story of how he and his friends in the early '70s damaged and destroyed themselves with drugs. He tells this story within the framework of a surreal science fiction thriller, but many of the scenes are straight from his own experiences with the unpleasant consequences of people using drugs and disintegrating mentally.

This film does an amazing job of capturing the feel and tone of the book as well as the paranoia, perceptual distortions, and chaos of hallucinogenic overindulgence. Add to that a story that only gradually emerges from the madness, but by the end brings in a lot of heavy ideas such as the existence of free will, whether ends justify means, etc. There is a sense of consequence to what happens in the film, a sense of despair at what has been lost. So this story of drug-addled losers becomes the story of the human struggle for identity and meaning.

I have a couple of minor quibbles regarding scenes from the book that only partially made the cut (no explanation for the significance of "If I'd known it was harmless I would have killed it myself, no little kid to explain how 6 and 3 gears means 18 speeds). Still, most adaptations of PK Dick stories take a few basic ideas and try to shape them into more conventional films that fit into established genres. Even when it works, such as with Blade Runner or Total Recall, it's not really PK Dick. Not so this film. This is PK in all his dark and perverse and deeply thoughtful glory.


376 of 406 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 306 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed