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Dream for an Insomniac (1996)

Girl leads a lonely life until she meets the boy of her dreams. The boy, however, has a live-in girlfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Shrader
Uncle Leo
Sean Blackman ...
Juice (as Sean San Jose Blackman)
Michael Sterk ...
Molly Monday
Robert Kelker-Kelly ...
Trent (as Robert Kelker Kelly)
Robert Ernst ...
Homeless Man
Dick in Sushi Bar
Fred Gualco ...
Policeman #1
Roger Craig ...
Policeman #2
Louis Velez ...
Sammy Davis
Mai Huynh ...
Poetry Reader


A girl with insomnia who works in a coffee house has impossibly high standards for her love and fears she will never meet a worthy man. Then in walks a new employee and they click - until she discovers he has a girlfriend. Undaunted, she moves to L.A. with a friend sure that he will dump the girlfriend and follow her. She puts all her faith in fate and hopes for the best. Written by Ed Lorusso

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A dreamer who couldn't sleep. An author who couldn't write. A friend who couldn't help but help.


Romance | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alma de Poeta, Olhos de Sinatra  »

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


David (Mackenzie Astin) says that 'cazique' is the highest scoring word in Scrabble. 'Quartzy' is the highest scoring word (162 points), with 'cazique' and 'bezique' running in second at a 161 points. See more »


David Schrader: I love you Frankie.
Frankie: You do?
David Schrader: Yeah I do.
Frankie: I loved you first.
David Schrader: I love you more.
Frankie: Only because you're bigger.
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References Baby Doll (1956) See more »


Fortune In Dreams
Written by Hal Stanley & Raymond Karl
Performed by Frank Sinatra Jr. and The Pat Longo Super Big Band
Courtesy of Town Hall Records
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Nothing Less Than Extraordinary...
23 April 2004 | by (Dayton, OH) – See all my reviews

Captivating from beginning to end, this romantic comedy will woo language-lovers everywhere. A swift kick to the intellect, with a sugary-sweet story on the side. Quick dialogue, a solid cast, an almost surrealistic atmosphere and one of the most fitting soundtracks of the decade. There's little to complain about, maybe a few lines here and there that I believe could've been excluded from the script, but nothing detrimental to the over-all feel of the film.

What I love most about the movie (aside from the obvious eye-candy of it being filmed both in black & white and color) was its undeniable originality. Of all the romance I've seen, this remains one of my absolute favorites. And it was the tiny little details that made it so. This woman did her homework, and she's delivered it with style.

Favorite Lines:

"My grandmother used to call it a fi-fi. I mean, isn't that nice? A fi-fi?"

"Never settle for anything less than extraordinary. Because, if you do, life will suck..."

"Come on, would you want to do it with someone whose last name is the worst day of the week?"

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