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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Orr
Peyton E. Park ... Mannie Ahrens (as Peyton Park)
Niki Flacks ... Penny Crouch
... Dr. William Haber
Vandi Clark ... Aunt Ethel
... George's Mother (as Bernadette Whitehead)
Jo Livingston ... George's Father
Jane Roberts ... Grandmother
Tom Matts ... Grandfather
Frank Miller ... Parole Officer
Joye Nash ... Woman on Subway
Gena Sleete ... Woman on Subway
... Heather LeLache
Ben McKinley III ... Orderlie
... 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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9 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Dallas was chosen as the backdrop for the movie's futuristic setting because its many mirrored buildings and unusual architecture made it look futuristic. Dallas City Hall, Reunion Arena, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and neighboring Fort Worth's Water Garden were the locations where many of the scenes were filmed. Dallas was also used in similar movies such as Logan's Run (1976) and RoboCop (1987). See more »

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

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Dr. Haber: Welcome to Dr. Haber's Palace of Dreams. Congratulations, George. You are the man of the hour. How do you feel today?
George Orr: I haven't felt anything for days.
Dr. Haber: [to his henchmen:] You may go.
[They leave]
Dr. Haber: Take it easy, George, take it easy! I know I've been working you very hard, but I think you'll agree it's been well worth the effort. Besides, today is a momentous occasion.
George Orr: Well, I don't think I can take another big day.
Dr. Haber: George, today I've cured you.
[pause]
Dr. Haber: Don't you have anything to say?
George Orr: Words fail me.
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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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Its what Science Fiction is all about
15 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I seen this movie when it first came out and couldn't remember the title for over 20 years yet its content and story stuck with me all these years. I was given the name of if it when I described the story premise on Sci-fi Channels Bboard web page and a member wrote back what it was. I was quite please since now I know what to look for.

This movie is true classic Science Fiction right up there with Forbidden Planet and many others and has had a profound effect on my concepts and perception of reality and recommend it not only to sci-fi enthusiasts but people who are into psychology studies too. Movies like The Lathe of Heaven, Brazil, and other such psycho-dramas can help us to understand ourselves in very unconventional ways.


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