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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex Gardner
... Doctor Paul Novotny
... Bob Blair
... The President
... Jane DeVries
... Tommy Ray Glatman
... Charlie Prince
... Mr. Webber
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ... Buddy
Redmond Gleeson ... Snead
... Babcock
... Finch
Jana Taylor ... Mrs. Webber
... Fred Schoenstein
Kendall Carly Browne ... Mrs. Matusik
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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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17 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El túnel de las pesadillas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,257,000, 19 August 1984, Wide Release

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$11,484,000
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Kevin Costner was offered the role of Tommy Ray Glatman but turned it down because he did not want to play a supporting role. See more »

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Although the movie is fictitious, the underlying premise is completely absurd in that if someone dies in their dream, they die in real life. Millions of people all over the world have reported that they have died in their dreams, and at the moment of death in their dreams, they simply woke up. See more »

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Alex Gardner: Nice place you got here. Who's your decorator? Darth Vader?
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References Heavy Metal (1981) See more »

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Baby, Can't We Take It Home
Composed and Produced by Craig Huxley (as Craig Hundley)
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Good of its type
18 December 2006 | by See 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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