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Dreamscape (1984)

A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.

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Joseph Ruben

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Alex Gardner
Max von Sydow ... Doctor Paul Novotny
Christopher Plummer ... Bob Blair
Eddie Albert ... The President
Kate Capshaw ... Jane DeVries
David Patrick Kelly ... Tommy Ray Glatman
George Wendt ... Charlie Prince
Larry Gelman ... Mr. Webber
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ... Buddy
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Snead
Peter Jason ... Babcock
Chris Mulkey ... Finch
Jana Taylor Jana Taylor ... Mrs. Webber
Madison Mason ... Fred Schoenstein
Kendall Carly Browne Kendall Carly Browne ... Mrs. Matusik
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Storyline

A government funded project looks into using psychics to enter people's dreams, with some mechanical help. When a subject dies in his sleep from a heart attack Alex Gardner becomes suspicious that another of the psychics is killing people in the dreams somehow and that is causing them to die in real life. He must find a way to stop the abuse of the power to enter dreams. Written by Zaphod <aaa@scs.leeds.ac.uk>

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Alex Gardner has an extraordinary gift. The government wants it...The scientists want it... To keep it may cost him his life... See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El túnel de las pesadillas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,257,627, 19 August 1984

Gross USA:

$12,145,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,145,169
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Kate Capshaw starred as the love-interest in not one, but two 1984 movies that featured a scene where a man's still-beating heart was ripped from his chest: this movie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). See more »

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When Alex is playing his saxophone in his apartment near the beginning of the film, he is clearly not playing the instrument. See more »

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Doctor Paul Novotny: Bill Hardy has been a good test subject for us before.
Alex Gardner: Oh, he's a steel worker. I'll probably wind up in some bad beer commercial.
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Alternate Versions

A brief shot of topless nudity from Kate Capshaw during the love sequence on the train with Dennis Quaid was cut from the film in the US in order to secure a PG-13 rating. The scene is uncut in European prints of the movie. The scene is not present on the R1 Image Entertainment Special Edition DVD although the commentary makes reference to nudity in the scene. See more »

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Good of its type
18 December 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Psychic Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) is recruited for a government-funded institute. In it psychics are able to get into peoples' dreams and interact with them. However one subject dies while in this state and Alex realizes something is wrong. And the President (Eddie Albert) is going to visit the institute for some nightmares he is having...

I enjoyed watching this but realized, after it was over, that it didn't make a whole lot of sense and there were plot holes left and right. Still, it moves quickly and the dream sequences themselves were lots of fun. This was also the second PG-13 rating ever released. It was cut to get that (a sex scene between Quaid and Kate Capshaw was almost completely dropped) but there were some complaints about the amount of violence (none of which was cut) that was allowed in. By today's standards though it's not that bad.

Quaid is good--he's young, handsome and not taking any of this seriously. Max von Sydow is very good as the head doctor of the research. Kate Capshaw is pretty terrible as his assistant. Christopher Plummer seems to be proving he can say his lines without moving a muscle in his face. Albert is lots of fun as the President and David Patrick Kelly almost runs away with the movie as Tommy Ray Glatin.

So a quick, fun little movie. Just don't think about it too much.


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