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The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and ... See full summary »

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Peyton E. Park ...
Mannie Ahrens (as Peyton Park)
Niki Flacks ...
Penny Crouch
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Dr. William Haber
Vandi Clark ...
Aunt Ethel
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George's Mother (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jo Livingston ...
George's Father
Jane Roberts ...
Grandmother
Tom Matts ...
Grandfather
Frank Miller ...
Parole Officer
Joye Nash ...
Woman on Subway
Gena Sleete ...
Woman on Subway
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Heather LeLache
Ben McKinley III ...
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George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and hypnotically induces Mr. Orr to change reality for the benefit of mankind --- with bizarre and frightening results. Written by Will Briggs

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Unseen for twenty years because of a copyright issue: in one scene, George Orr plays a record of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." The film was finally allowed to be rebroadcast when The Beatles' version of the song was replaced with one sung by a different vocalist. See more »

Quotes

George Orr: Uh, I'll be back in an hour, E'nememen Asfah.
Alien Robot: Take afternoon. There is time.
George Orr: Thanks.
Alien Robot: To go is to return.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) See more »

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Finally re-released!
4 August 2000 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

The Lathe of Heaven has just been re-released. It's being shown on many PBS stations, and is also now on video. This was all due to high fan demand.

This is a dreamy, scary sci-fi flick with strong moral lessons. It's almost like a play: set mostly in one place, with only three characters involved. The special effects aren't stunning, but they're perfectly effective. The story is wildly original: what would the world be like if your dreams all came true- not your daydreams, but the uncontrollable ones at night?


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