Woody spelar Miles Monroe som läggs in för en enkel operation och vaknar upp 200 år senare i händerna på några rebeller som motsätter sig den framtida diktatoriska kontrollstat som tagit över. Diktatorn är en näsa. På sina irrfärder träffar han Diane Keatons Luna Schlosser och vi får en kärlekshistoria på halsen även om de bråkar mest hela tiden.
Filmen är kanske ett ögonblick i världsrymden men den är rackarns rolig. Man har svårt att hinna med alla skämt. Omtitt beordrad! Och om humorn inte passar kan du säkert njuta av musiken både jazz och ragtime.
Några på måfå utvalda citat från filmen:
Miles Monroe: I'm a clarinet player in 1973, I go into the hospital for a lousy operation, I wake up 200 years later and I'm Flash Gordon!
Miles Monroe: I haven't seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian. If I'd been going all this time, I'd probably almost be cured by now.
Luna Schlosser: Oh, I see. You don't believe in science, and you also don't believe that political systems work, and you don't believe in God, huh?
Miles Monroe: Right.
Luna Schlosser: So then, what do you believe in?
Miles Monroe: Sex and death - two things that come once in a lifetime... but at least after death, you're not nauseous.
Luna Schlosser: It's hard to believe that you haven't had sex for 200 years.
Miles Monroe: 204, if you count my marriage.
Miles Monroe: Where am I anyhow, I mean, what happened to everybody, where are all my friends?
Dr. Aragon: You must understand that everyone you knew in the past has been dead nearly two hundred years.
Miles Monroe: But they all ate organic rice!
Luna Schlosser: "Register commies, not guns." What's that mean?
Miles Monroe: What?
Luna Schlosser: "Register commies, not guns."
Miles Monroe: Oh, he was probably a member of the National Rifle Association. There was a group that helped criminals get guns so they could shoot citizens. It was a public service.
Miles Monroe: This stuff tastes awful. I could make a fortune selling it in my health food store.
Luna Schlosser: Sex is different now. There are no problems. Everyone is frigid now.
Miles Monroe: So all the men are impotent.
Luna Schlosser: Pretty much, except for those whose ancestors were Italian.
Miles Monroe: I knew there was something in that pasta.
Miles Monroe: I'm always joking, you should know that about me; it's a defense mechanism.
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