What the bleep do we know!? - Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Barry Newman, William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Threat advisory: Under evaluation
It's time to get wise.
What the bleep do we know?! is a new type of film. It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.
She is literally plunged into a swirl of chaotic occurrences, while the characters she encounters on this odyssey reveal the deeper, hidden knowledge she doesn't even realise she has asked for. Like every hero, Amanda is thrown into crisis, questioning the fundamental premises of her life - that the reality she has believed in about how men are, how relationships with others should be, and how her emotions are affecting her work isn't reality at all!
As Amanda learns to relax into the experience, she conquers her fears, gains wisdom, and wins the keys to the great secrets of the ages, all in the most entertaining way. She is then no longer the victim of circumstances, but she is on the way to being the creative force in her life. Her life will never be the same.
The fourteen top scientists and mystics interviewed in documentary style serve as a modern day Greek Chorus. In an artful filmic dance, their ideas are woven together as a tapestry of truth. The thoughts and words of one member of the chorus blend into those of the next, adding further emphasis to the film's underlying concept of the interconnectedness of all things.
The chorus members act as hosts who live outside of the story, and from this Olympian view, comment on the actions of the characters below. They are also there to introduce the Great Questions framed by both science and religion, which divides the film into a series of acts. Through the course of the film, the distinction between science and religion becomes increasingly blurred, since we realise that, in essence, both science and religion describe the same phenomena.
The film employs animation to realise the radical knowledge that modern science has unearthed in recent years. Powerful cinematic sequences explore the inner-workings of the human brain. Quirky animation introduces us to the smallest form of consciousness in the body - the cell. Dazzling visuals reinforce the film's message in an exciting, powerful way. Done with humour, precision, and irreverence, these scenes are only part of what makes this film unique in the history of cinema, and a true box-office winner.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film drama science philosophy religion
Persons of interest
- Marlee Matlin .... Amanda
- Elaine Hendrix .... Jennifer
- Barry Newman .... Frank
- Robert Bailey Junior .... Reggie
- John Ross Bowie .... Elliot
- Robert Blanche .... Bob
- David Albert .... Himself
- Marsha Clark .... (voice)
- James Langston Drake .... Groom
- Amit Goswami .... Himself
- John Hagelin .... Himself
- Sherilyn Lawson .... Bridesmaid 2
- Dawnn Pavlonnis .... Bridesmaid
- Candace Perth .... Herself
- Ramtha .... Himself
- Mercedes Rose .... Brides Maid
- Jeffrey Satinover .... Himself
- Carol Stanzione .... (voice)
- William Tiller .... Himself
- Fred Alan Wolf .... Himself
- William Arntz .... Screenwriter
- Betsy Chasse .... Screenwriter
- Matthew Hoffman .... Screenwriter
- William Arntz .... Director
- Betsy Chasse .... Director
- Matthew Hoffman .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- What the bleep do we know!? official movie site
- What the bleep do we know!? film production notes
- What the bleep!? Down the rabbit hole - Director's cut production notes
- What the bleep do we know!? movie trailers:
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- NB: English and Spanish languages with English language subtitles
- Studios and distributors:
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Security censorship classification
M (Sexual references, low level coarse language)
109 minutes (1:49 hours) - Original
159 minutes (2:39 hours) - What the bleep!? Down the rabbit hole - Director's cut
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 24 March 2005 - Byron Bay
Film: 14 April 2005 - Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Film: 23 March 2006 - What the bleep!? Down the rabbit hole - Director's cut
DVD rental: 20 October 2005
VHS rental: 20 October 2005