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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  1. Richard Linklater

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. WW

    Wiley Wiggins

    Main Character

  2. Ethan Hawke

    Ethan Hawke


  3. Julie Delpy

    Julie Delpy


  4. KW

    Ken Webster


  5. Adam Goldberg

    Adam Goldberg

    One of Four Men

  6. Steven Soderbergh

    Steven Soderbergh

    Interviewed on television

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget -

Revenue $3,176,880.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 23, 2001
    R, Theatrical



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