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Dream a Little Dream (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 March 1989 (USA)
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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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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

Four days before filming, Corey Haim broke his leg and Dinger's character had to be rewritten to include the injury. While his actual cast was removed during filming, he had to wear a fake one for the remainder of the production. In the movie Dinger says that his mother hit him with her car. In real life, Haim broke his leg while trying to teach his mom how to drive a motorbike. She couldn't use the breaks well yet and ran into the side of a building, breaking her nose and Corey's leg. See more »

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Bobby's movements as he watches Lainie dance in the gym don't match the movements of his image in the mirror. 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 The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (2015) See more »

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DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME
Written by Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andre and Gus Kahn
Produced by John William Dexter
Performed by Mel Tormé
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A must see 80's film!
14 July 2003 | by (Georgia,USA) – See all my reviews

Even if you're not an 80's movie fan you'll love Dream A Little Dream. I saw this movie for the first time when I was 10 years old and I still can't get enough of it. Dream A Little Dream is a drama, romance and a little bit of comedy rolled into one. The writers brought so much to this movie where the young are joined to the old by tragedy. In Dream A Little Dream the power of dreams come to a reality where the young and the old are taught the lessons of life and love once they walk in the shoes of the opposite. They couldn't have picked better actors for this movie. What would be better than having one of the corey's in an 80's movie? The answer is having both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. For a change, Corey Feldman plays a more serious role while Corey Haim is still funny as usual.

The Corey's aren't the only actors in Dream A Little Dream that are familiar to the big screen. Movie veterans Harry Dean Stanton and Jason Robards bring back their old movie charm while Saturday Night Live alumni Victoria Jackson was just starting out her film career.


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