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In Dreams (1999)

A suburban housewife learns that she has psychic connections to a serial killer, and can predict this person's motives through her dreams.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Cooper
Vivian Thompson
Detective Jack Kay
Kathleen Langlois ...
Jennifer Berry ...
Emma J. Brown ...
Jennifer Dragon ...
Samantha Kelly ...
Jennifer Caine Natenshon ...
Bethany M. Paquin ...
Erica Sullivan ...
Amelia Claire Novotny ...
Kristin Sroka ...
Wicked Stepmother

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The housewife Claire Cooper is married with the pilot Paul Cooper and their little daughter Rebecca is their pride and joy. When a stranger kidnaps a girl, Claire dreams about the man but Detective Jack Kay ignores her concerns. But when Rebecca disappears during a school play, Claire learns that her visions were actually premonitions and she is connected to the killer through her dreams. She has a nervous breakdown and tries to commit suicide. Her psychologist Dr. Silverman sends her to a mental institution and soon she finds that her husband will be the next victim of the serial-killer. Further, the serial-killer was interned in the same cell in the hospital where she is. Will Claire be able to save Paul? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You don't have to sleep to dream

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Vision  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,593,872 (USA) (15 January 1999)


$11,900,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aidan Quinn's dream scene was filmed in the halls of the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel, in New Castle, New Hampshire. At the time, it had been abandoned for many years. Today, the hotel is a thriving Marriott destination. It was also the site of the Russo and Japanese Treaty at the turn of the twentieth century, hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt. See more »


During sentencing, the judge tells Vivian "the State of Massachusetts has declared you insane," thus making him ineligible for the death penalty. In legal parlance, Massachusetts is always referred to as a Commonwealth, and does not practice the death penalty. See more »


[first lines]
Claire: [Helping daughter rehearse lines from Snow White while walking through trees by lake]
[In sing-song voice]
Claire: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of us all?
Rebecca Cooper: [Skipping through trees by lake]
[In sing-song voice]
Rebecca Cooper: You're the fairest in this hall but Snow WHITE is THE...
Claire: [laughs] Come on Rebecca, forget it's a play. Just, say it like you're saying it to me.
Rebecca Cooper: [sing-song voice] Snow White's the fairest of them all.
Claire: And again.
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Featured in The Last Days of the Board (1999) See more »


Written by Lew Brown, Sam Stept & Charles Tobias
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Atmospheric thriller...see it for the visual
6 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

effects. While many critics had not appreciated this film, I actually found it unique, beautifully photographed, and well acted, especially on the part of Annette Bening, Stephen Rea and especially Robert Downey, Jr.

It is set in Western Massachusetts, where a town was once flooded to rebuild the area. One of the residents from the local asylum; Robert Downey Jr., is a serial killer. Bening has psychic visions about his victims.

The symbol of apples and the color red, are a recurring nightmare for Bening, whose husband (well portrayed by Aidan Quinn) is beyond despair. She needs some sort of psychiatric help for her seeming obsessions. The visuals as she is having nightmares, are quite vivid and ethereal. Particularly noteworthy is the beginning sequence, wherein Bening's daughter is kidnapped. The daughter was just in a school play- the angel wing costume, crystallized and glistening on a tree- is found by the police. No daughter in sight.

Claire begins to have nightmares about a child named "Ruby" - her dog "Dobie" runs away, and is eventually killed by Downey Jr. There is also a cinematic scene where Bening is at an abandoned hotel, in a flowing red gown- the symbolism is very haunting.

Stephen Rea is the psychiatrist who attempts to help Claire with her obsessions/delusions. He is very believable, and the imagery at the state asylum is stark and foreboding.

This film has several haunting, subconscious images. Do not be surprised if you find yourself dreaming, or having similar nightmares. Sometimes, REM sleep looks similar to the filmed underwater sequences here. The photography was superior to anything I have seen in quite some time, with the possible exception of Fellini's "La Strada".

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