The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  9 January 1980 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peyton E. Park ...
Mannie Ahrens (as Peyton Park)
Niki Flacks ...
Penny Crouch
Dr. William Haber
Vandi Clark ...
Aunt Ethel
Bernedette Whitehead ...
George's Mother (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jo Livingston ...
George's Father
Jane Roberts ...
Tom Matts ...
Frank Miller ...
Parole Officer
Joye Nash ...
Woman on Subway
Gena Sleete ...
Woman on Subway
Heather LeLache
Ben McKinley III ...


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 »


George Orr: No... *this* is the dream.
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Remade as Lathe of Heaven (2002) See more »

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Very good, but not for everyone.
17 May 2002 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I found this during late-night channel surfing. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The effects were sometimes cheesy but often cool. The direction was creative and quite effective in bringing Ursula K. LeGuin's classic story to life. But BE WARNED: this is a WEIRD MOVIE. You have to be wanting a weird movie in order to really enjoy it. It takes quite a bit of thought to really follow the plot if you haven't read the book, but it's worth watching several times. It is not an action flick (there is very little action, and some people find it boring, possibly with good reason) but it brings up all kinds of interesting ideas and possibilities that sent my mind racing. Every situation is presented in a way that makes you really look at it and ponder it. And the emotional aspect is powerful at times and made me smile more than once. The camerawork, acting, and electronic background music are artistic and place the viewer in another world, one which I personally found beautiful, exciting, and awe-inspiring. If you like artsy, strange, contemplative film, you might want to check this out.

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