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The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

In a highly controlled and overpopulated society, a man who has terrifying dreams that affect reality is assigned a psychiatrist who takes advantage of the situation.

Directors:

Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton (as David Loxton)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The night that this was first broadcast, there was a major power outage in the Pacific Northwest, which meant that author Ursula K. Le Guin was unable to watch the film based on her own book on its first run. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dr. Haber: You know what they say, neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them.
Heather: Psychiatrists collect the rent.
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Soundtracks

With a Little Help from My Friends
(uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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Finally re-released!
4 August 2000 | by BonzoDogSee all my reviews

The Lathe of Heaven has just been re-released. It's being shown on many PBS stations, and is also now on video. This was all due to high fan demand.

This is a dreamy, scary sci-fi flick with strong moral lessons. It's almost like a play: set mostly in one place, with only three characters involved. The special effects aren't stunning, but they're perfectly effective. The story is wildly original: what would the world be like if your dreams all came true- not your daydreams, but the uncontrollable ones at night?


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Official Sites:

Thirteen/WNET

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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