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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 »

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writer:

Jon Boorstin
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Cast

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 ... Doctor James
Ellen Parker Ellen Parker ... Nurse Jennifer
Lynn Webster Lynn Webster ... Policewoman
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ... Hotel Manager
Charles West Charles West ... Man at Hilton Hotel
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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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Imagine the terror of living a nightmare every time you sleep...*EVERY* TIME YOU SLEEP. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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apathetic, ersatz thriller
15 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

If there isn't much in this modest, sub-Hitchcock thriller worth criticizing it's only because there isn't much in it worth noticing at all. The premise is fascinating: that a drug might be used (or, in this case, abused) to block the chemical in our brains that inhibits muscular action during sleep, allowing us to unconsciously act out our dreams. But the script never aspires toward anything more than a routine psycho-thriller of curiously limited means: the film seems to have been made on two or three sparse studio sets with a very small cast, led by Kristy McNichol as the young test subject who naturally forgets to ask about an antidote. A throw away release doomed the film to a quick, easy death at the box office, which is a shame considering the far worse features being plugged that same summer, and the unsettling streak of sadism didn't help matters: most of McNichol's dreams find her a victim of rape and/or extreme violence.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream Lover See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,733, 23 February 1986

Gross USA:

$502,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$502,237
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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