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Dream Lover (1986)

After she's been attacked in her apartment, Cathy starts reliving the event in her dreams. She seeks help at a sleep disorder research center, but in doing so she encounters some unexpected... See full summary »


Alan J. Pakula


Jon Boorstin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Kathy Gardner
Ben Masters ... Michael Hansen
Paul Shenar ... Ben Gardner
Justin Deas ... Kevin McCann
John McMartin ... Martin
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Claire
Joseph Culp ... Danny
Matthew Penn ... Billy
Paul West Paul West ... Shep
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Vaughn Capisi
Jon Polito ... Dr. James
Ellen Parker Ellen Parker ... Nurse Jennifer
Lynn Webster Lynn Webster ... Policewoman
Brenda Cowling ... Hotel Manager
Charles West Charles West ... Man at Hilton Hotel


After she's been attacked in her apartment, Cathy starts reliving the event in her dreams. She seeks help at a sleep disorder research center, but in doing so she encounters some unexpected results ... Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Now I lay me down to sleep. If I should kill before I wake... See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Kristy McNichol previously portrayed a flutist in Just the Way You Are (1984). See more »

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The Room of Slow Dreams
30 June 2010 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

Well, all-in-all this is a rather lame & pretty disappointing movie. It's not badly made or hasn't any noticeable technical flaws for that matter. It's just that the pacing was too slow and on several occasions the suspense was really lacking. A lady gets attacked in her apartment by an unwelcome visitor (well not really her apartment, since she's still a little daddy's girl, but an apartment she sub-rents from some musician who is out of town). She manages to overcome him. However, she remains traumatized and starts developing some serious mental issues (like in: ripe for the loony-bin). I won't tell much more for those of you who still want to check out this movie, because, well, it is directed by Alan J. Pakula after all, so I'm sure you could do worse picking up a random movie (not that I'm a fan of this director or anything). It has maybe one or two tense scenes and some enjoyable dream-sequences. But that's all, basically. The final scenes in the building in London had something promising going on there, but in the end the conclusion is just disappointing. They really should at least have thrown maybe some incest and a lot of killings in there to spice things up (not that these are things that make a movie good, but hey, if you're out to terrify your audience, then why not make the extra effort?). But no, just pretty lame stuff and secretive dream-research in some basement room is all you will find in this one. So why didn't I flunk this movie? I dunno... maybe I'm just a nice guy. Or maybe it's a better movie than I first thought it was? If I'll ever re-watch it, I'll let you know.

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Release Date:

2 April 1986 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,733, 23 February 1986

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1.78 : 1
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