Dreamscape (1984)

R  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  15 August 1984 (USA)
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A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by the government to save the US president whose mind is trapped inside the dreamworld.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Prince
Mr. Webber
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ...
Redmond Gleeson ...
Jana Taylor ...
Mrs. Webber
Fred Schoenstein
Kendall Carly Browne ...
Mrs. Matusik


A government funded project looks into using psychics to enter people's dreams, with some mechanical help. When a subject dies in his sleep from a heart attack Alex Gardner becomes suspicious that another of the psychics is killing people in the dreams somehow and that is causing them to die in real life. He must find a way to stop the abuse of the power to enter dreams. Written by Zaphod <aaa@scs.leeds.ac.uk>

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Enter a world beyond your wildest imagination where anything can happen. See more »


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Release Date:

15 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El túnel de las pesadillas  »

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Originally there was a love scene involving Alex and Jane that was supposed to have taken place in the middle of the film involving nudity, but it was deleted for pacing issues and also because of the MPAA's new PG-13 rating guidelines. The love scene was featured in the film theatrically and on its original video release, but for its "Image" dvd release a PG edited cut print or TV version of the film was used for the transfer. See more »


As Alex is sneaking back into the facility at the loading dock doors, 2 armed Government agents walk by on patrol with a dog (a Doberman Pinscher). Alex hides behind a nearby bush, while the agents and the dog walk past without noticing him. Obviously, the agents are using the dog to foil anyone simply 'hiding' from them, yet the dog does not notice Alex. See more »


Jane DeVries: Well, one of our areas of research is sexual dysfunction. If a man is experiencing impotency, we can determine whether the cause is physical or psychological by monitoring his sleep.
Alex Gardner: Mm-hmm. How's that?
Jane DeVries: Well, if it isn't physical, he'll experience three or four erections during the course of the night.
Alex Gardner: Mm, I see. So, Jane, what you do here, in effect, is count boners.
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Fantasy/horror that spotlights the subconscious, good early F/X!
30 April 1999 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Excellent cast heading up this Fantasy/Horror film with excellent early F/X (seems amateurish to today's standards). The reason I love this film so much is that it spotlights the subconscious and its hidden agendas. It's a classic war between good and evil. The plot is solid, and it's a real headgame when you think about the dream world as another realm completely. Great chemistry between Quaid and Capshaw, and Sydow delivers his usual solid performance. Excellent conclusion!

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