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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?


Several of the quotes used throughout the story are: "There is no chance at all. We are all trapped by a singular fate. No one ever finds the one." Charles Bukowski
  • "In order to win, you must expect to win." Dan Fouts

  • "Every action and pursuit is thought to aim at some good. The good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim." Aristotle

  • "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." Lord Tennyson

  • "I am now a central part of your mind's landscape whether you care or do not." Steven Morrissey

  • "I am troubled immeasurably by your eye. I am struck by the feather of your soft reply. The sound of glass speaks quick disdain and conceals what your eyes fight to explain." Jim Morrison

  • "The lady will have the linguini with clam sauce and a Coke, no ice. Remember, wherever you are, that's the place to be. Isn't this great?" Mike Damone, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

  • "I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got in the register." H.I. McDonnough, Raising Arizona

  • "Worship the music, not the musicians." Eddie Vedder

  • "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw

  • "Life can only be understood backwards." Kierkegaard

  • "I wish I was like you, easily amused." Kurt Cobain

  • "Love is all you need." John Lennon

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Frankie: I wish I was like you, easily amused.
David Schrader: Ouch! Kurt Cobain.
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References Pal Joey (1957) See more »


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1 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

A charming little movie, made just around the time "Friends" (and Jennifer Aniston) were becoming huge.

Jennifer Aniston, sporting her then famous 'The Rachel' haircut, is good in a supporting role; but it is Ione Skye that really shines.

A lovely, independent little romantic comedy drama, that managed to find a place in my heart (I know - aw shucks and all that).

Favourite line, issued by Ione Skye after the guy of her dreams has given her a cup of hot milk to help her slip (paraphrase): "You're not going to make me drink any more warm white fluids ... are you?!"


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