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Dreamscape -- The President of the United States is about to be assassinated in a dream where there is no morning after. Only one man can save him--a man who must plunge himself into the President's horrendous nightmare.


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Release Date:
15 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Alex Gardner has an extraordinary gift. To keep it may cost him his life... See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Thoroughly entertaining genre crossing production. See more (61 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Quaid ... Alex Gardner

Max von Sydow ... Doctor Paul Novotny

Christopher Plummer ... Bob Blair

Eddie Albert ... The President

Kate Capshaw ... Jane DeVries

David Patrick Kelly ... Tommy Ray Glatman

George Wendt ... Charlie Prince

Larry Gelman ... Mr. Webber
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ... Buddy
Redmond Gleeson ... Snead

Peter Jason ... Babcock

Chris Mulkey ... Finch
Jana Taylor ... Mrs. Webber

Madison Mason ... Fred Schoenstein
Kendall Carly Browne ... Mrs. Matusik
Kate Charleson ... President's Daughter
Eric Gold ... Tommy Ray's Father
Virginia Kiser ... President's Wife
Carl Strano ... Edward Simms

Brian Libby ... McClaren
Bob Terhune ... Dobbs
Fred Waugh ... Bill Hardy (as Fred M. Waugh)
Timothy Blake ... Mrs. Blair
Carey Fox ... Tech Aide #1
Marii Mak ... Tech Aide #2
Claudia Lowe ... Tech Aide #3
Anna Chavez ... Newswoman
Ben Kronen ... Train Conductor
John Malone ... Trolley Conductor

Mindi Iden ... Waitress
Betty Kean ... Grandma
Trent Dolan ... Desk Guard
Andrew Boyer ... Webber's Brother
George Caldwell ... Buddy's Father
Ernest Harada ... Gardener
Tina Greenberg ... Nurse
Alan Buchdahl ... Track Announcer

Larry Cedar ... The Snakeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Kelly ... Girl at the Racetrack (uncredited)

Missy Laws ... Lounge Customer #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Ruben 
Writing credits
David Loughery (story)

David Loughery (screenplay) &
Chuck Russell (screenplay) &
Joseph Ruben (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Cohn Curtis .... producer
Tom Curtis .... executive producer
Chuck Russell .... associate producer
Jerry Tokofsky .... co-producer
Stanley R. Zupnik .... executive producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
Art Direction by
R. Clifford Searcy (co-art director) (as Clifford Searcy)
Jeff Staggs 
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass 
Makeup Department
Richard Arrington .... assistant make-up
Greg Cannom .... special makeup
David Robert Cellitti .... special makeup effects artist
Francesca Maxwell .... makeup artist
David B. Miller .... special makeup effects
Craig Reardon .... special makeup
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... first assistant director
Robert J. Doherty .... second assistant director (as Bob Doherty)
Jerry Ketcham .... additional second assistant director
Thomas Lofaro .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ed Callahan .... set dresser
Elliot Ellentuck .... construction coordinator
Bob Fox .... lead painter
Leslie Fredrickson .... carpenter
Mike Fredrickson .... lead carpenter
David L. Glazer .... property master (as David Glazer)
Mark 'Digger' Green .... assistant props (as Mark Green)
Richard K. Hummel .... set dresser
Jeff Knight .... construction foreman
Jim Mallasch .... additional miniature landscapes
Len Morganti .... visual effects art director
Escott O. Norton .... set construction
Christof .... set constructor (uncredited)
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... sound editor
Max Bell .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby
Barbara J. Boguski .... sound editor (as Barbara Boguski)
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer (as Joe Citarella)
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr supervisor (as Devon Heffley)
Hudson B. Marquez .... boom operator (as Hudson Marquez)
Hoppy Mehterian .... adr recordist
Troy Porter .... sound recordist
John Post .... foley artist
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
Richard D. Rogers .... foley recordist (as Richard Rogers)
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound effects editor
David E. Stone .... sound editor
Kendrick Sweet .... sound editor (as Ken Sweet)
Susumu Tokunow .... sound mixer (as Susumu Tokonow)
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor (as David Yewdall)
Special Effects by
Jim Doyle .... mechanical effects
John Eggett .... special effects coordinator
Craig Reardon .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... stop-motion visual effects supervisor
James Belohovek .... miniature constructor
Beverly Bernacki .... optical lineup
Stephen Czerkas .... stop-motion crew
Linda Drake .... stop-motion crew (as Linda Obalil)
Ernest D. Farino .... stop-motion crew
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
James Hagedorn .... optical printer operator (as James R. Hagedorn)
Pete Kozachik .... stop-motion crew
Peter Kuran .... visual effects creator
Kevin Kutchaver .... special photography
Dennis Pies .... dream tunnel effects created by
R.J. Robertson .... rotoscope animation
Jerome Seven .... effects stage photography
Paul Sheppeck .... additional matte paintings
Susan Turner .... miniature supervisor (as Susan K. Turner)
Jacqueline Zietlow .... production administration: VCE (as Jackie Zietlow)
Layne Bourgoyne .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Stephen Czerkas .... snakeman model builder (uncredited)
Rick Taylor .... animation designer: VCE (uncredited)
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
Richard Elmore .... stunts
James W. Gavin .... stunt pilot (as Jim Gavin)
James M. Halty .... stunts (as James Halty)
Chris Howell .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Dan McCoy .... stunt driver
Bobby Porter .... stunts (as Bobby Parker)
Mic Rodgers .... stunts (as Mick Rodgers)
Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts (as Jan M. Shultz)
Frank James Sparks .... stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt double: Eddie Albert (uncredited)
Gary Hymes .... stunts (uncredited)
Mic Rodgers .... stunt double: Dennis Quaid (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Bilger .... electrician
Scott Buttfield .... electrician
Bruce Byall .... grip
Stephen Crawford .... electrician (as Steve Crawford)
Peter Davidian .... electrician
Cicero De Moraes .... electrician
Paul A. Edwards .... additional assistant camera (as Paul Edwards)
M.J. Elliott .... still photographer
Paul Elliott .... first assistant camera
Michael Everett .... best boy electrician
Steven Finestone .... second assistant camera (as Steve Finestone)
Robert Fischer .... best boy grip (as Bob Fischer)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... electrician (as Warren Gerrard)
James J. Gilson .... gaffer: second unit (as James Gilson)
Aloma Ichinose .... still photographer
Jack Johnson .... key grip
Matia Karrell .... electrician
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater director of photography
Joe C. Maxwell .... electrician (as Joe Maxwell)
Michael Milella .... grip
Kory Mills .... lighting technician
Roland Parra .... electrician
Ben Roscolene .... key grip
Ward Russell .... gaffer
Gary Thieltges .... camera operator: second unit
Ron Veto .... camera grip (as Ronald Veto)
Ron Veto .... dolly grip
Lynda Weinman .... animation camera (as Linda Weinman)
Jonathan Woolf .... best boy grip
Jeff Zimmerman .... additional assistant camera
Animation Department
Stephen Berg .... assistant animator
Chris Casady .... animator
Ann Ducommun .... assistant animator
Ed Manning .... chief animator (as Edward Manning)
Terry Molatore .... assistant animator (as Terry A. Sittig)
Bruce Woodside .... animator
Kevin Kutchaver .... animator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie DeSanto .... wardrobe supervisor
Elizabeth C. Grudzinski-Seal .... wardrobe: second unit (as Liz Beth Gower)
Randon Meyn .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Lorenzo DeStefano .... associate film editor
Julie Feiner .... assistant editor
Michael Fottrell .... post-production coordinator
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson)
Barbara Slifka .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
David Angel .... musician
John Elizalde .... music supervisor (as Jon Elizalde)
Craig Huxley .... music recording mixer (as Craig Hundley)
Craig Huxley .... musician (as Craig Hundley)
Michel Mention .... musician
Charles Paley .... music editor
Transportation Department
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Larry White .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Julie Ahlberg .... production coordinator (as Julie Bilson Ahlberg)
Kimberly Bellman .... craft service
Jessica Biscardi .... assistant to producer
Michael J. Dill .... production assistant
Patricia Frazier .... craft service
Rebecca Greeley .... production secretary
Joe Hornok .... animal trainer (as Joseph R. Hornok)
Craig Huxley .... synthesizer programmer (as Craig Hundley)
Maurice Jarre .... synthesizer programmer
John Robert Jenings .... animal trainer
Alan Jones .... creative consultant
David Kippen .... craft service
Karen Kuebler .... assistant auditor
Peter Kuran .... title designer: main titles
Coni Lancaster .... assistant production coordinator
Barbara Martin .... technical advisor
Michel Mention .... synthesizer programmer
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal trainer
Monique Minyon .... production assistant
Rip Murray .... production assistant
Amy Rabins .... production executive
Daniel Schott .... assistant to producer
Martin C. Shaffer .... medical advisor (as Martin C. Shaffer M.D.)
Dale Tate .... title designer
Cami Taylor .... production associate (as Cami Dempsey Taylor)
Suzanne Waite .... production assistant
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Kathy Zatarga)
Dennis Tracy .... stand-in: Eddie Albert (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2000) (uncut) | USA:R | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Kevin Costner was offered the role of Tommy Ray Glatman but turned it down because he did not want to play a supporting role.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Alex is playing his saxophone in his apartment near the beginning of the film, he is clearly not playing the instrument.See more »
Tommy Ray Glatman:[Alex turns into Tommy's father] Daddy? Daddy, I'm sorry!See more »
Movie Connections:
Baby, Can't We Take It HomeSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly entertaining genre crossing production., 12 January 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

There's a fair amount of 80s style imagination and panache to be found in this nifty combination of sci-fi, thriller, and political intrigue. It's got a hell of a good cast and a more than capable director, Joseph Ruben, who'd started out in exploitation films and later turned out the solid sleeper "The Stepfather" as well as mainstream fare such as "Sleeping with the Enemy". Its premise may be too close to "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in some ways, but at least the political element helps it to stand apart.

Dennis Quaid, at the peak of his charisma, plays Alex Gardner, a psychically gifted young man who would rather use his gifts for self- gain but reluctantly agrees to help old pal Paul Novotny (ever delightful Max von Sydow) who's developed a revolutionary dream therapy program. It seems that now people like Alex can be inserted into the nightmares of others, and help them to deal with them. However, there's a smooth but cold government man (a chilling Christopher Plummer) who has sinister motives for supporting this program.

Wonderful visual design is just one of the hooks of this story; the nightmares each get their own "dream tunnel", for one thing, and for another, the bleak post-apocalyptic landscape of which the President (Eddie Albert) dreams and the skewed images experienced by young Buddy (Cory "Bumper" Yothers) are very well realized. The special effects are eye popping, and things do get pretty grim and gory (a heart is ripped out of a chest). One of the highlights of the movie is the nefarious Snakeman, a monster brought to life through a combination of stop motion and an actor (Larry Cedar) in a costume. The music is cheesy electronic stuff, which is kind of surprising considering that the composer is the great Maurice Jarre. There's some witty dialogue, and a steamy subplot involving Alex and the young Dr. Jane DeVries (Kate Capshaw, who's lovely but sporting some real 80s hair here).

The cast couldn't be better; also appearing are the eternally amusing David Patrick Kelly as weaselly little psychopath Tommy Ray, George Wendt as a horror novelist who snoops around, and character actors such as Redmond Gleeson, Peter Jason, Chris Mulkey, Madison Mason, and Brian Libby. Also, Ruben keeps the pacing consistent and the big showdown between Alex and Tommy Ray is a set piece worth waiting for.

With all of this going for it, "Dreamscape" is a totally engrossing diversion that may be very much of its time but still does a good job of entertaining the viewer.

Eight out of 10.

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