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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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Peyton E. Park ...
Mannie Ahrens (as Peyton Park)
Niki Flacks ...
Penny Crouch
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Dr. William Haber
Vandi Clark ...
Aunt Ethel
Bernedette Whitehead ...
George's Mother (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jo Livingston ...
George's Father
Jane Roberts ...
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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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R.A. Mihailoff ...
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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 »

Quotes

[Quoting Chuang Tse.]
George Orr: Those whom heaven helps we call the sons of heaven. They do not learn this by learning. They do not work it by working. They do not reason it by using reason. To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven.
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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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