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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
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Tom Matts ...
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Frank Miller ...
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Joye Nash ...
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Gena Sleete ...
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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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The night that this was first broadcast, there was a major power outage in the Pacific Northwest, which meant that author Ursula K. Le Guin was unable to watch the film based on her own book on its first run. See more »

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George Orr: Oh, my God... I just killed six billion people...
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The rare SF movie that does it right
27 August 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Science fiction is a literature of ideas. Science fiction movies, however, are usually typified by their lack of ideas (although often fun for all that).

The novel "The Lathe of Heaven" was chock full of ideas, and the movie didn't sell the book short. Just about everything in Le Guin's vision about how the road to, uhhh, insomnia is paved with good intention came right across in this TV movie adaptation. I wish I could see it again.

Science fiction wouldn't have such a reputation for silliness if other movies took such pains to match the quality of "The Lathe of Heaven's" intellectual effects instead of matching "Star Wars's" special effects.


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