MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 761 this week

Dreamscape (1984)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 9,532 users  
Reviews: 58 user | 56 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 09 Apr 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 06 Oct 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Dreamscape" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dreamscape (1984)

Dreamscape (1984) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dreamscape.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dreamscape (2011)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

1,000 years ago Earth was visited by an alien race from another dimension, the Grays, who used their technology to mix human and alien DNA to create a superior race, the Hybrids. The Grays,... See full summary »

Director: Curt Anderson
Stars: Sophie Bolen, Samantha Berends, Ethan Knoth
Gorp (1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A drug-oriented comedy about the wacky antics of a group of waiters at a summer camp in upstate New York. In HD.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Michael Lembeck, Dennis Quaid, Philip Casnoff
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story follows three teenagers through their senior year of high school in the 1960s, focusing on the star athlete of the group.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Scott Jacoby, Deborah Benson, Dennis Quaid
Enemy Mine (1985)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James
Joyride (1977)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Four teenagers leave Los Angeles and drive north, wind up breaking into a house in Alaska.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Carradine, Melanie Griffith
Innerspace (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman gets in way over her head when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Mickey Rourke
Friendship! (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young man from East Germany travels to San Francisco to search for his father, who fled 12 years ago.

Director: Markus Goller
Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Alicja Bachleda
Dreamscape (2009)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A thrill-seeking Man signs up with Dreamscape Inc, provider of electronic dreams and vivid fantasies. Transformed into an unstoppable Courier, he enters a world of corporate espionage. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel J. Fox
Stars: Sandra Darnell, Richard Dodd, Mark Ellingham
Dreamscape (2000)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Dreamscape explores the relationship between sculptor and environment and the role of public art in today's society as we follow Edward Falkenberg from conception to completion of his sculpture.

Director: Tory Falkenberg
Silver Spoon (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Yuugo, who grew up in the city, finds himself in an unfamiliar environment at Ooejo Agricultural High School, surrounded by nature and animals. Yuugo is also the only one who doesn't know ... See full summary »

Director: Keisuke Yoshida
Stars: Kento Nakajima, Alice Hirose, Tomohiro Ichikawa
Narx (2011)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Alex Maisonette
Stars: Luis Agostini, Jay Alicea, John Barreiro
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Charlie Prince
Larry Gelman ...
Mr. Webber
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ...
Buddy
Redmond Gleeson ...
Snead
...
Babcock
...
Finch
Jana Taylor ...
Mrs. Webber
...
Fred Schoenstein
Kendall Carly Browne ...
Mrs. Matusik
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El túnel de las pesadillas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Was the second film to be Rated PG-13 under then new MPAA ratings guidelines following Red Dawn (1984), which had come out weeks prior to this film's release. See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Matusik has a heart attack, the paddles used to try and revive her are placed in the wrong spots on her chest. One paddle is supposed to be placed on the upper right of the patient and the other on the lower left at the base of the ribs. This allows for proper current travel through the heart. But both paddles are placed on her upper chest at her shoulders. This would do nothing for the patient. Also, you can see the actor jump before she is "shocked." See more »

Quotes

Tommy Ray Glatman: In this world, Alex, you're nothing. And me, I'm God.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psych: A Nightmare on State Street (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, Can't We Take It Home
Composed and Performed by Craig Huxley
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great low-budget genre-melder
10 February 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Years after studying Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) for his psychic abilities, Dr. Paul Novotny (Max von Sydow) tracks him down to talk him into experimenting with psychic dream research. However, higher ups in the dream research program may have ulterior, nefarious motives.

Dreamscape may be a good candidate for "most misleading poster art". The theatrical poster, which is also the DVD cover, suggests a kid-oriented, slightly hokey adventure film--perhaps a combination of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Neverending Story (1984) and "The Hardy Boys Mysteries" (1977). Not that the combination sounds like a bad idea to me, but this film is much more adult, much more sci-fi, and more of a thriller. It's not really an adventure, although some of the dream material could be seen that way. The tone, if not content, is closer to something like Coma (1978), and later films like Flatliners (1990) and The Cell (2000), the latter being obviously influenced by Dreamscape. It also has a bit of the bizarre surrealist tone of late-1970s fare such as Phantasm (1979) (and this aspect also influenced films like The Cell).

Part of the reason the films works as well as it does is the cast. Dennis Quaid carries the film, frequently injecting enjoyable comic relief. Max von Sydow is always excellent. Kate Capshaw, as Jane DeVries, is also good as the research assistant and Alex' love interest. Although they're underused, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, George Wendt and David Patrick Kelly all turn in superb performances as well.

Director Joseph Ruben frequently treats us to great dream sequences, with often-subtle touches. Note, for example, the different colors upon entering different persons' dreams. For the relatively benign construction worker, the entry is blue. For the child troubled with nightmares, there is a complex of colors. For Jane, who is giving Alex the cold shoulder, the color is an icy silver-white. Although the film was relatively low budget, and effects relatively primitive at the time, I thought all of the effects worked well. I even loved the part stop-motion, part guy-in-a-costume snake-man. At times the stop motion work briefly resembled Harryhausen. I especially loved the more surreal and more horrific aspects of the dreamworlds, such as we see from Eddie Albert's character, the expressionistic sets for the child's dream, the zombies, and so on.

Surprisingly, perhaps, Dreamscape is also much more effective on the suspense/thriller end than I expected it to be. There are a few great chase scenes, and one brutal (though not graphic) murder on-screen, one off-screen. It was also steamier than I expected in one section.


26 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The really scary (and cool) part is that this can be done. lukiftian
Getting to the bottom of the missing nudity Damaged
Dreamscape Soundtrack milath
Needs A remake baretta
Whoa, did this movie not hold up dostuff22
A Nightmare on Elm street wahon
Discuss Dreamscape (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?