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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amante Sonhador See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,733, 23 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$502,237
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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I love the look of this underrated movie
16 October 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

Kristy McNicol is totally miscast and the ending, the one that takes place outside with the characters teetering on the edge of the skyscraper, was really bad and a groaner, but the rest of the film is pretty good. I'm not a big Pakula fan but I really like his minimalist approach to the somewhat contrived story. The look and feel of the film are my favorite part. The cinematography is excellent. McNicol's NY apartment is one of my favorites in any movie. It's so small and compact but cool. Wish I had it. The recurring dreams have a really unsettling quality to them. I'm impressed that Pakula actually went ahead and had these dream sequence be really become repetitive. I'm sure this turned off a huge portion of the audience but I thought they were really effective because they were so repetitive. The sound design during those nightmares sequences are also worth noting. The dream sequences of McNicol walking down a huge hallway were also amazing. I give the film's production design a huge 10. I wish I could give 10 to the rest of the film but can't. But even with all its faults, DREAM LOVER is a very overlooked movie.


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