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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

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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Sci-Fi

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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:

Agate Beach, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Unseen for twenty years because of a copyright issue: in one scene, George Orr plays a record of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." The film was finally allowed to be rebroadcast when The Beatles' version of the song was replaced with one sung by a different vocalist. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

George Orr: Uh, I'll be back in an hour, E'nememen Asfah.
Alien Robot: Take afternoon. There is time.
George Orr: Thanks.
Alien Robot: To go is to return.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

With a Little Help from My Friends
(uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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Somebody's got it.
16 October 1999 | by spoon-18See all my reviews

I find it hard to believe that a film this popular is out of reach. This was one of the few films that leaves the viewer rethinking one's philosophy about the future, the past, the present, and human kind!! Did I dream it? Is there some strange power that prevents us from sharing it with others? Was it meant to be seen by a few chosen people who let it into their collective souls and minds? I'm not crazy! What if the Augmenter is at work here? Dream well tonight..under the other moons light..remember the lessons..reserved for our sight..it may be forever..or later tonight..that this films message..finally takes flight. Everyone who mentions this film feels changed at least a little by it. Lets find out if its meant to be seen again. We must stop the Augmenter and change the future. Lets see it again!! Ha! Dream on!!


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