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Lathe of Heaven (2002)

In a near future society a man claims that his dreams physically change reality. His therapist is confused at first but soon decides to use him for his own gain.

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(novel), (teleplay)
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Dr. William Haber
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Heather Lelache
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Mannie
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Penny
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Judge
Suzanne Desautels ...
Lelache's Secretary
Belinda Hum ...
Mrs. Nakumisi
Tetsuro Shigematsu ...
Mr. Nakumisi
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Medic
Danny Blanco Hall ...
Security Officer (as Danny Blanco-Hall)
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Search Man #1
Daniel Do ...
Waker / Host
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President Murtle
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Game Show Host
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In a near future society a man claims that his dreams physically change reality. His therapist is confused at first but soon decides to use him for his own gain.

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His dreams control our destiny, but who controls his dreams.

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Sci-Fi

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8 September 2002 (USA)  »

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O Flagelo dos Céus  »

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1.85 : 1
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The movie has two love stories, George Orr and Heather Lelache and also Dr. Haber and Penny. After Orr says you can't dream someone away if you love them, Haber and Penny are seen. Later, after Haber changes everything, he and Penny are still together now as doctor and patient. See more »

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Remake of The Lathe of Heaven (1980) See more »

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Death to Hollywood!
9 September 2002 | by (Woonsocket RI, USA) – See all my reviews

Dreadful. Stupid. Boring. None of these words come even CLOSE to describing the horror of this 2002 A&E film which claims to be based on U.K. LeGuin's "The Lathe of Heaven".

It's not as if they didn't have an example to follow. The PBS production of Lathe is universally recognized as one of the best "thinking" science fiction movies ever made, and they made it for virtually nothing compared to the cost of A&E's dog of a film.

There is a lesson to be learned, here, folks, and the lesson is this: Hollywood is full of idiots. They remade Casablanca. They remade The Third Man. Why? And in the name of all sanity, why can't anyone STOP them?

Virtually all of the plot of the book and original movie are gone, as is all of the sense. The aliens? Gone. The grey-skin solution to race problems? Gone. The dissonance between the Western activist/technological worldview as opposed to the Eastern passive/natural worldview? Gone. Intelligent dialog, talented acting? Gone.

In their place we get some hot tongue action between Lisa Bonet and Lucas Haas. Not a good trade-off.

Ms. Le Guin was heavily involved with the PBS original, and not at all consulted about this remake. The director boasted that he hadn't seen the first movie nor read the book. He should have. If he had, perhaps he'd have recognized his own utter lack of talent and done the decent thing, which is kill himself before he made this monstrosity.

I only hope that new viewers aren't put off seeing the original by this bad, bad movie. Do yourself a favor: buy or rent the original on DVD! Even the special effects were cooler, and it was made in 1980!!


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