Dream for an Insomniac (1996)

R  |   |  Romance, Comedy, Drama  |  18 April 1996 (USA)
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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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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 »


Frankie: I wish I was like you, easily amused.
David Schrader: Ouch! Kurt Cobain.
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References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 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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A surprisingly sweet movie!

I'll admit that amongst my rabid obsession with horror films and morbid dramas, lies a deep love for witty romance films.

I loved this one.

The dialogue and characterization was surprisingly well done, and the story, although old, was played out well.

The cast was excellent, too. Ione Skye is so beautiful, and very talented. She played the lonely girl perfectly. I cannot imagine a better actress for her part...her eyes said something to me while watching, as did her heart and soul she put into this role. Jennifer Aniston, whom I'm not a big fan of, was actually well written, and her knack for switching accents though out the film was quite funny. The standout character was David, played by Mackenzie Astin.

He's a nice guy, plain and simple. His dialogue was witty, charming, and never went over the pretentious mark. His character actually meant something to me, and for once, I agreed with his role. I think he has a bright future ahead of him, and I even think he is a better actor than his older sibling, Sean.

I loved the romance that built between David and Frankie. Even though we have seen this kind of mushy clap trap on screen several times before, it just seemed to work differently here.

Overall, this is a surprisingly sweet, well acted and non-pretentious romance film that deserves more recognition.

I loved it, very much.

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