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Dream a Little Dream (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1989 (USA)
An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.

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Coleman Ettinger
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Bobby Keller / Coleman Ettinger
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Gena Ettinger
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Lainie Diamond
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Ike Baker
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Cherry Diamond
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Joel
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Dumas
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Kit Keller
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Gus Keller
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Maureen
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Shelley (as Lala)
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Marge
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Derek
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The lives of a crusty old scientist and a bratty, teen Michael-Jackson-wannabe are about to intersect in a paranormal way. Coleman Ettinger seeks to break down the door of reality through studied dreaming; Bobby Keller wants Lainie Diamond, the girlfriend of his high school friend Joel, a handsome school jock. As Coleman persuades his wife Gena to join his experiments, an accident knocks their bodies out of existence, along with Bobby's consciousness. Coleman's consciousness winds up in Bobby's body while Gena's ends up buried and asleep inside Lainie's. Only when sleeping can Coleman contact Bobby and elicit his help in putting things back, except that Bobby smugly prefers limbo over his aggravated life as a modern teenager. Written by statmanjeff

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With dreams like these who needs reality?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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3 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Long Before Tomorrow  »

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$5,552,441 (USA)
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Trivia

Part of a late 1980s mini-cycle of age-swap / body-swap pictures. The movies included Big (1988), 18 Again! (1988), Vice Versa (1988), Dream a Little Dream (1989), and Like Father Like Son (1987). See more »

Goofs

In the credits, "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. is listed as being co-written by Michael "Stripe" instead of "Stipe". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Keller: Dinger! Dinger, wake up for a minute. I gotta talk to you, Buddy.
Dinger: Bobby, I'm asleep. I'm sound asleep, Bobby. I'm dreaming. Apache women. Mai-taih's. Vannah White and a whip.
Bobby Keller: I'm in love.
Dinger: That could be a problem.
Bobby Keller: I don't think you understand.
Dinger: No, no, I do understand. I really do. Which hand is it this week PAL?
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Referenced in Save the Forest (2005) See more »

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Time Runs Wild
Written and Performed by Danny Wilde
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A strange, but funny family film.
28 August 2003 | by (Lake Isabella, CA) – See all my reviews

The third film to feature both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, this time Feldman is the lead, and Haim gets to play the second fiddle character. Feldman plays Bobby, who likes to take a short cut through an old man's yard. One day, he gets into a bike accident in the middle of the night in his yard with his future love interest (Meredith Salenger). When Bobby awakes he realizes that he is in the old man's body. Haim of course dosen't believe it and frequently says his usual sarcastic lines while William McNamara plays a high school jock who is kind of the on-and-off bully/friend to Bobby. Of course we can't forget the list of veteran actors in the film, we have Academy Award winners Jason Robards and Piper Laurie playing the elderly couple, character actor Harry Dean Stanton plays the weird neighbor and TV veteran actress Susan Blakely also has a small cameo role. I liked the film and the hard rock in roll music in the film is a blast! It can be a little hard to follow and confussing at times, but it's a fine family film.


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