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The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and ... See full summary »

Directors:

Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton (as David Loxton)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Davison ... George Orr
Peyton E. Park Peyton E. Park ... Mannie Ahrens (as Peyton Park)
Niki Flacks Niki Flacks ... Penny Crouch
Kevin Conway ... Dr. William Haber
Vandi Clark Vandi Clark ... Aunt Ethel
Bernedette Whitehead ... George's Mother (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jo Livingston Jo Livingston ... George's Father
Jane Roberts Jane Roberts ... Grandmother
Tom Matts Tom Matts ... Grandfather
Frank Miller Frank Miller ... Parole Officer
Joye Nash Joye Nash ... Woman on Subway
Gena Sleete Gena Sleete ... Woman on Subway
Margaret Avery ... Heather LeLache
Ben McKinley III Ben McKinley III ... Orderlie
R.A. Mihailoff ... Orderlie
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George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and hypnotically induces Mr. Orr to change reality for the benefit of mankind --- with bizarre and frightening results. Written by Will Briggs

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Trivia

This was the first Made for TV Movie to be ever shown on PBS. See more »

Goofs

On the government water distribution tanker truck, the word "mobile" is misspelled "MOBIL". See more »

Quotes

George Orr: Oh, my God... I just killed six billion people...
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Connections

Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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With a Little Help from My Friends
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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The greatest!
20 November 2011 | by alpe97See all my reviews

This original version remains my favorite film of all time. Somehow it's much better than even its color remake. A very close tie is Forbidden Planet. Close behind are the classic BLADE RUNNER and the color version of Lathe of Heaven. The greatest series EVER for TV is, of course, Babylon 5 followed by the original PRISONER.

The stark scenes, in the 1980 LATHE, contrast vividly with the dreamer's rich ability to brighten his, OUR, world. While exploring the power of our minds, it also shows the penalty for careless use and abuse of that power. This is a film to keep and show our kids and theirs and theirs......


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La rueda celeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Highland Park, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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